Costas Zapas has been characterized as “one of the most outstanding directors of contemporary author cinema” (Cineuropa), “one of the main protagonists of the burgeoning Greek new cinema wave” (Guardian), and as “the Greek exception” (L’Humanité). Lars von Trier production company “Zentropa” co-produced his feature film Minor Freedoms.
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The Rebellion of Red Maria
Η ανταρσία της κόκκινης Μαρίας
In a city that has revolted, with heavy metal music haunting the heroes and the voice of Maria Callas being broadcast from the rooftops, an elderly homosexual, former terrorist and cross-dresser known as “Red Maria” lives in the margins of society, hiding in the shadows, working as a prostitute and performer, dancing to old-fashioned tunes on the streets for passers-by who give him money. He meets a young boy, a street urchin at death’s door, a victim of an attack by neo-Nazis. The boy, an alcoholic, listens to the voice of Maria Callas coming from the sky, and talks to the dead diva and to his mother, whom he misses. On a drug overdose, he dreams of the perfect world. Red Maria rescues the boy and they stay together. In order to survive, they storm into cafés, giving performances about a new, political God. Their world is poetical and wild. Red Maria teaches the boy how to survive. They become the magicians of the tribe, the holy fools, the rebels. They live a magical, personal revolution. But a series of murders will transform them from idealists into serial killers...