Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 21st, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: Greece, 2013
Director: Elina Psikou
Writer: Elina Psikou
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Yorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Giaka, Vasilis Dimitroulias, Akis Gourzoulidis
DVD released: February 17th, 2015
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Greek
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: A famous T.V. personality plans his own kidnapping in hope that his career will resurrect his waning career.
Fame can be a dual edged sword, one moment you are feeling as though anything is possible and then moment you are willing to do anything you have too to get back to that feeling of euphoria.
At the heart of this film is a protagonist who is dealing with the fact that his star has lost some of its luster. Not willing to give up the spotlight just yet, he then devices a plan that is sure to garner him some much needed sympathy. With the help of a friend he hides out in deserted hotel and from there he waits for the media to relay stories of his kidnapping on various news programs.
This is a superbly realized satire that gives an unflinching look into the darker side of fame. The side that is really seen until it is too late and said celebrity has passed away or taken their own life due to being unable to live out of the spotlight.
Content wise, the bulk of the film is spent wandering around the abandoned hotel with the protagonist. And usually when there is dialog it comes from the television. Also the events which unfold in this film always ensues that there is never a dull moment. With this film’s most jaw dropping moment being an impromptu musical number with the protagonist.
This film is truly a one man tour de force as its protagonist is the focal point throughout and any other characters in this film are best describe a secondary roles to further his narrative. Cast in the role of this film’s protagonist is an actor named Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth). He gives an utterly convincing performance of a man who has been pushed too far. Needless to say his performance delivers and then some.
BrinkVision presents The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in great shape, details always look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Greek and non-removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. And when it comes to moments like a musical dream sequence things sound surprisingly robust.
Extras for this release are limited to a ‘On the Set’ segment (10 minutes 32 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio, in Greek with English subtitles). Topics discussed include, the origins of the project, why they chose to make this film, working with screenwriter / director Elina Psikou, how budget restrictions and creativity has led to a resurgence of Greek cinema, financing the film and how the cast & crew all worked for a percentage of the profits, locations featured in the film and their thoughts on about the final product. Also included with this release are trailers for Shadow Zombie, Liars Fires and Bears and Despite the Gods. Overall The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas gets a first rate release from BrinkVision.