The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

Η Αιώνια Επιστροφή του Αντώνη Παρασκευά

Credits

Director

Elina Psykou

Country

Greece, 2013

Running Time

88mins

Category

Drama

Language

Greek with English subtitles

Written by Elina Psykou
Produced by Giorgos Karnavas & Elina Psykou
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Yorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Giaka, Vasilis Dimitroulias

“From the eyes of a nation to the mouth of madness.” Toronto International Film Festival

Actor Christos Stergioglou graduates from sadistic father in Dogtooth to yet another (arguably more accessible) entry in the ‘Greek Weird Wave’, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, a self-assured debut from young filmmaker Elina Psykou. 

As the titular character of Antonis – a veteran television host plagued by plummetting ratings – Stergioglou compellingly powers a narrative that riffs on celebrity culture as hero worship. Antonis stages his own kidnapping to revive the public’s flagging interest in him but quickly falls victim to boredom and delusion while holed up in an abandoned hotel. 

“Starts out like an exercise in restrained comedy with a delicious side order of absurdity, only to carry on as an equally seductive psychological journey to the character’s personal tragedy.” Flix

Festivals & Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2013, Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Reviews
Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Cine Vue
Three Thousand

About the Director:
Born in Athens, Elina Psykou studied Sociology at Panteion University and Directing at Lykourgos Stavrakos Film School. The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas is her debut feature.