| Just Talking: When Comedy meets Drama|
WHEN COMEDY MEETS DRAMA
MARKUS HERLING, PASQUALE ALEARDI, KATERINA EVANGELAKOU, YORGOS ARGIROILIOPOULOS, MARIANTHE MILONA, GABOR VARADI
This year’s Just Talking round of discussions came to a close yesterday, November 26th, with the topic “When comedy meets drama” at the Lounge of the Port of Thessaloniki. The panel included director Markus Herling and actor Pascuale Aleardi of the film Riding up front (International Competition), Katerina Evangelakou, director of the film False alarm (Greek Feature Films), filmmaker Yorgos Argiroiliopoulos, journalist Marianthe Milona and Gabor Varadi, producer of the film Tarihefsi (Special Screenings).
Gabor Varadi mentioned that the film Tarihefsi is based on short stories and uses harsh words and expressions to convey its black humour. “It’s a special film, it’s not a mainstream one”, said Varadi adding that there was no pressure on the director to change the script. “At first, the Hungarian officials didn’t provide any financial assistance to the film since they considered the film mediocre. However, when the film was announced as the best European film project, they changed their minds”, he said.
Markus Herling, director of the film Riding up front, mentioned that: “In my film, I wanted to show the two sides of life using the contrast between comedy and drama”. Regarding the film’s script, Herling said: “Many believe that all Germans are rich but that’s far from the truth. There are many people who work for only a few euros. Berlin is a very poor city”. Actor of the film, Pascuale Aleardi, noted that the director completed the film entirely on his own, even without the assistance of a producer, so he wouldn’t be pressured to change the film’s script. Regarding the correlation between comedy and drama in a film, Aleardi said: “Many times when you’re desperate, even in a dramatic situation, you can provoke laughter through various events and actions”.
Filmmaker Yorgos Argiroiliopoulos mentioned that you can’t have a comedy without drama elements and vice-versa. Regarding False alarm, Mr. Argiroiliopoulos said: “We needed some laughter behind the cameras since the actors were constantly changing moods while we were always the same”. Katerina Evangelakou, the director of the film, noted that her story depicts the real Greece and not the one we see in advertisements and magazines. “In our portrayal of the real Greece, we detected not only negative characteristics but positive ones as well”, noted Mrs. Evangelakou and added that the humour stemmed from the dialogues as well as the actors’ situations as well.
Finally, journalist Marianthe Milona mentioned that it’s interesting to observe the audience’s reactions when they watch a film in order to register the different mentalities and cultures amongst them. “For example, Greek comedies which have made generations of Greeks laugh, are considered terrible in other European countries that have a totally different sense of humour from ours”, said Mrs. Milona.