ROSEMARIE 15+

ΡΟΖΜΑΡΙ

Credits

Director

Adonis Florides

Producer

Marios Piperides

Writer

Adonis Florides

Country

Cyprus, 2017

Running Time

112mins

Category

Drama

Language

Greek with English subtitles

Starring

Yiannis Kokkinos, Andreas Vasiliou, Emmanouela Charalambous Engel, Androula Eracleous, Niovi Charalambous, Marios Ioannou, Christoforos Christoforou, Yiola Kilitou, Yiolanda Christodoulou

“[A] Masterful and nuanced tragi-comic portrayal of a man torn between art and reality.” -Cineuropa

Winner of Best Film at the 2017 Cyprus Film Days International Festival, and nominated for Best Film at the 2017 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Adonis Florides’ Rosemarie intelligently teeters between comedy and thriller in its telling of a burnt-out soap opera writer taking ‘inspiration’ from his neighbours.

Costas (Yiannis Kokkinos) struggles with a crippling case of writer’s block. Under pressure from his producer to boost the ratings of their television show (the titular Rosemarie), he resorts to spying on his dysfunctional neighbours, weaving their sad lives into the show’s storylines.

As the program’s ratings – and his reliance on his neighbours – grows, so too does Costas’ obsession with the daughter, Chryso (Niovi Charalambous), who persistently runs away from home. As he learns more and more about her story, putting the pieces of her tragic life together, he unwittingly opens a Pandora’s box of his own personal demons.

In its own postmodern, dystopian manner, Rosemarie is a highly entertaining study of the contradictions of modern Cyprus, subversively challenging the patriarchal status quo.