// Presented as part of Filmatique's Dog Days of Summer Series //
Exclusive Interview with Stergios Paschos
Spotlight on Afterlov
Stergios Paschos / 2016, Locarno, Festival International du Film d’ Amour de Mons, Lucca, Istanbul, Raindance, São Paulo, Scanorama, Thessaloniki, Transilvania / 94'
Nikos is a 30-something musician with no money, no ambition and not much of a future. This particular summer he's been tasked with looking after a large villa in the Athens suburbs while his wealthy and successful friend is on vacation. In between poolside cocktails and playing with the dog, Nikos conceives of the perfect ruse— to invite his ex-girlfriend Sofia over, and lock her in the house until she can tell him why they broke up.
Capturing the doldrums of summer and the dangerous nostalgia of lost love, Afterlov examines the anatomy of a relationship between two people who can't live with or without each other. Stergios Paschos' debut feature premiered at Locarno, São Paulo, Thessaloniki, where it won the Artistic Achievement Award; and Transilvania, where it won the FIPRESCI prize.
"[I]ntense and surreal... Afterlov is a bittersweet comedy about the period following the break-up of a relationship, a condensed burst of adolescent levity... of passionate love and a breakdown in communication. The apparent levity that hovers over the debut film by Paschos, a sort of unidentified flying object which invokes independent American directors such as Alex Ross Perry and the Safdie brothers, gets under the skin, violently. Nikos and Sofia are two people (characters) who don't want to grow up, who are incapable of living together yet scared to death by the idea of splitting up forever.... Love and passion transform into an unbridled hurricane that challenges laws, explanations and, to some extent, common sense. Love as a synonym for madness (understood as total freedom), the guiding thread of a dazed comedy that loses control, but delightfully so"
- Muriel de Don, Locarno Review, Cineuropa