LanguageGerman | English | Greek with English subtitles
Written by Arnd Schimkat, Moses Wolff and Aron Lehmann
Produced by Marco Beckmann, Willi Geike, Dan Maag and Matthias Schweighöfer
Starring: Christoph Maria Herbst, Adam Bousdoukos, Akillas Karazisis, Christos Valavanidis, Giorgos Kotanidis, Errikos Litsis, Georgia Tsagaraki, Kleopatra Markou
About the Director:
Born in 1981 in Wuppertal, Germany, Aron Lehmann grew up in northwestwern Bavaria before working as a set manager for film productions in Berlin. He then studied film at HFF ‘Konrad Wolf’ in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After shooting several shorts, Lehmann debuted his feature filmmaking career with the breakout hit, Kohlhass or The Proportionality of Means (2012). Highway to Hellas is his second cinematic feature.
“The most-watched European relationship of 2015 was the one between Germany and Greece. What to do? Laugh, of course, so as to not cry.” Miami Film Festival
In this inspired culture-clash comedy, filmmaker Aron Lehman makes light of the stereotypical distrust of Greeks by Germans when he sends Joerg Geissner, employee of the Munich AVA Bank, to the island of Paladiki to check on a loan granted years ago.
The registered securities used for this loan – a hospital and power-generating plant – appear not to exist. Not that anyone will admit that. Geissner gets sent on a wild goose chase as the locals do all they can to continue the charade and save their already destitute island, even trying to pass a decrepit sheep-pen for a power plant.
The closer Geissner gets to the truth, the fonder he becomes of the island and soon he has to make an important decision: the bank or the people of Paladiki.
Interestingly, Highway to Hellas tickled the fancy of Asian cinemagoers, taking out the Audience Award at Busan International Film Festival 2015.