Germany, Israel, Greece 2015
Omar and Stelios’ lives will soon cross in the most unexpected of ways. In a vortex of adultery, drug abuse, violence, guilt and self-deception, Stelios has only a few hours left to save his club, salvage his crumbling marriage, battle the mafia loan-sharks, baptize his employee’s kid and show up at school to receive his son’s report card as a responsible parent.
Infused by a somewhat bitter, guilefully satirical and ironic sense of humour, WEDNESDAY 04:45 explores the darker side of the human psyche, utilizing the ongoing Greek social upheaval both as a backdrop and as a metaphor for the protagonist’s inner turmoil.
Against this small scale background of the Athenian underworld as presented by the screenplay, wider aspects and issues of contemporary Greek society are subtly addressed underpinning the constant shift of social dynamics brought about by the hyper-consumption, the influx of immigrants, the collapse of the economy and the ongoing failure of a lacklustre political administration to deal with issues.
Consequently, WEDNESDAY 04:45 is not just the story of one man’s botched dreams and lost chances. The film indirectly addresses the failed dreams, the lost causes and misplaced hopes of an entire generation of Greeks, who, deluded by the rapid economic growth at the beginning of the 80s (when Greece became a member of the European Union and disproportionate funds started to flow in), failed to foresee how things would evolve and possibly change for the worse. And it is in this respect that the protagonist’s frenzied, self-destructive journey can be understood as an ironic statement on the self-deluded course of a whole country’s middle class society towards desolation and defeat.
Yet, every time a new dawn fades in, a final chance to set things right, a last gleam of hope, will always lurk in the darkest of corners.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Alexis Alexiou
Written by : Alexis Alexiou
Produced by : Thanassis Karathanos, Kostas Lambropoulos, Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren
Director of Photography : Christos Karamanis
Editor : Lambis Charalambidis
Production Design : Spyros Laskaris
Costume Design : Alkisti Mamali
Composer : Felizol Felizol
Sound Design : Avi Mizrahi
Main Cast : Stelios Mainas (Stelios), Dimitris Tzoumakis (Vassos), Adam Bousdokos (driver), Giorgos Simeonidis (Omer), Mimi Branescu (the Romanian), Maria Nafpliotou (Sophia)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Selection 2015