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Aris’ success in business and sex is shaken when he contracts an STD that could be fatal to his many female partners. He decides to contact them individually to find the source. With his upcoming promotion under threat, Aris discovers that self-absorption is not the only form of existence.
Giorgos Georgopoulos studied Directing at the School of Cinematography Lykourgos Stavrakos and Sociology at Università Roma I. While studying, he started his career as a film editor and director mainly of documentary films. In 2011, his first feature Tungsten travelled to film festivals worldwide and claimed numerous awards.
Film Review: We need to talk about Aris: an egocentric sales agent who is highly successful at business and sex. Adored by his boss, a promotion is on the horizon, until he contracts an STD that is fatal to women... including the many he has slept with. Sticking to his self-centred principles, he attempts to contact his legion of lovers, and in doing so finds that living for oneself is not the only form of existence. In a comedy as dry as the dusty Greek hills, writer-director Giorgos Georgopoulos and writer Maria Fakinou skilfully dissect the fragility and selfishness of the male ego, while always retaining a view of their protagonist’s humanity. Recalling the arch art of Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, The Square) and the Dogme 95 movement, they draw us in with an eye for the idiosyncrasies of life, before outlining ideas on power, kindness, and social responsibility. Omiros Poulakis holds centre stage as the solipsistic Aris, giving us a character at once comically unlikeable yet imbued with foibles familiar to us all. In a year when a real, serious virus is damaging the world, this is a timely reminder that caring about others is our real hope of salvation. Pauline Rieux