Karl Knobloch | Wednesday February 28th, 2018
[this is a republished blog post]
The second feature film by Lakis and Aris Ionas, inspired by the novel of the same name by Andreas Embirikos, will be uniquely presented at Trianon Cinema Athens on Tuesday, February 27th .
This is one of the few times the audience will have the opportunity to watch “The Great Eastern” after its world premiere at the House of Arts and Sciences and the screenings at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017 and during documenta 14 in Athens.
The event will be opened with a concert by the band of the artists’ collective “The Callas”, whose initiators the directors are. There will be songs from the new album which will be released in 2018 in collaboration with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.
“Isolation, hope, lust and darkness. Five people standing like trees, waiting on a rocky isolated island for the ocean liner “The Great Eastern” to pick them up in a journey towards hope. A young butterfly flies between them and fucks everything up.”
Inspired by the surreal oeuvre of Andreas Embirikos and especially his most important work “The Great Eastern”, the film deals with the longing for love as a utopia.
The ambivalent space between everyday life and utopia of happiness that we constantly define is the field of action of the film. Where the “Old World” remains “Old”, with its weaknesses and darkness. Where the “New World” is about to rise. There is where human weakness manifests itself with the greatest possible intensity. There is where Love is both so human and so divine.
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The Callas is the tip of an artistic factory producing music, films, artworks, magazines, events, art shows initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas. In December 2016 they did a premiere of their new feature film “The Great Eastern” in which they co-wrote the soundtrack with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). Prior to that, they had already successfully realized the feature film “Lustlands” (2013).
The works of the Greek artists have repeatedly enjoyed great success at exhibitions and festivals all over the world, such as the Liverpool Psych Festival, the Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg and the Gallerie Kustera Projects in New York. The band, consisting of Aris Ionas, Lakis Ionas, Chryssanthi Tsoukalas, Marilena Petrides and Christos Beqiri, has already released two albums in collaboration with the well-known producer Jim Sclavunos. Another album is planned for 2018.
The last 10 years Lakis & Aris Ionas have been publishing significant magazines for the Athenian underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine. Their studio is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room they are organizing art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.
“The Great Eastern” (direction / script: Lakis and Aris Ionas, Greece, 2017,84′)
Script / Direction: Lakis and Aris Ionas / “The Callas”
Starring: Iro Sofoulaki, Dimitris Politakis, Katia Dimopoulou, Elias Papazacharias, Valisia Odell
DoP: Dimitris Kotselis
Music: Lee Ranaldo / “The Callas”
Sound: Nikos Triantafyllou
Production: Lakis and Aris Ionas / “The Callas”
Co-Producers: Greek Film Center / Haos Film / Athens Filmmakers’ Cooperative – AFC
Executive Producer: Venias Vergos
Support: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens / Leonidas Embirikos
This article was first released on 16/02/2018 by myfilm.gr, an exciting blog about Greek and international cinema. We very much appreciate the authorization for this reprint.