Who said the financial crisis couldn’t be funny?
A light-hearted antidote to the existentialist cinematic angst of the contemporary Greek film industry, Block 12 remains truly Greek while unashamedly incorporating Bollywood-accented song and dance routines (yes, you heard correctly).
English spy satellites discover a massive oil reserve on abandoned mining land in Cyprus, but a cantankerous and hermitic retiree Costantas Rizites (Costas Demetriou) and his wife Ellou (Karmen Rouggeri) have lay claim to it first.
A hilarious race to secure access to the precious black gold ensues when Costantas and his uproariously dysfunctional family – already hit by the financial crisis – stubbornly refuse to sell-out. The family become the centre of a faux siege as cross-continental oil powers compete against each other for Con’s signature on a much-coveted mining lease.
Block 12 is the kind of delightful comedic romp that all the family can enjoy… although maybe not the Rizites family!
Written by: Panos Stathogiannis, Kyriakos Tofaridis
Produced by: Kyriakos Tofaridis, Dionyssis Samiotis
Cast: Costas Demetriou, Karmen Rouggeri, Michalis Marinos, Yiannis Tsimitselis, Irine Constantinou, Neetu Chandra
About the Director:
Kyriacos Tofarides studied theatre direction at the Sofia Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Bulgaria, before returning to Cyprus. As well as working as a television director at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, he established the independent film company AVRA Productions in 1999. Block 12 is his feature film direction debut.
Μια φτωχή και ασήμαντη οικογένεια ζει κοντά σε ένα εγκαταλειμένο ορυχείο κάπου στην Κύπρο, στο οποίο οι κατασκοπευτικοί δορυφόροι των μεγάλων δυνάμεων εντόπισαν κοιτάσματα πετρελαίου.