In anticipation of screening at Cannes’ MipTV marketplace, Beta Film, which handles distribution, has supplied Variety unique get right of entry to to the global trailer for Greek abduction mystery “Silent Road.”
Written through Melina Tsampani and Petros Kalkovalis and directed through Vardis Marinakis, the collection dissects the entangled lives of an prosperous circle of relatives in Athens after a college bus sporting their kids is held hostage, the children and bus drivers within being kidnapped and held for ransom. A slight nod to the eerie legend, turning at the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the city should come to grips with the development whilst police dig into the crime, determined to get to the bottom of the atrocity.
“While shaping the idea for ‘Silent Road,’ we wanted to use a fairytale in the narration, as a bridge that connects the world of adults to that of the children. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a dark fairytale about trust and revenge. It addresses issues that we’re also dealing with, in our story,” remarked Kalkovalis. “However, the fairytale didn’t work as a foundation for ‘Silent Road,’ despite the similarities. It was more like we‘d found our common ground with it in the process of exploring the original idea.”
The trailer opens with a party for the commanding patriarch of the Karouzou circle of relatives, his kids, and grandchildren, huge cake in hand, making a song his praises with refined elation. He blows out the candles and the ominous name observe, from Maze, starts as an setting up aerial shot of the city takes over the display.
An abduction takes position and we witness the innocence of the kids flip to uncertainty as they grow to be the not going pawns in a precarious sport.
The trailer wraps teasing high-tension and the bravery of sweet sixteen as deep circle of relatives secrets and techniques come to mild. By presenting an array of fragmented views, the collection touts a couple of plot traces between the celebrated circle of relatives, their kids, criminals, and working-class other people from round the city tangled up within the plot as the tale slowly unravels at a gentle but true-to-life tempo.
Sympathy is sought, and ceaselessly received, because the titular characters show their fragility at each and every flip. Through grief, blame, and self-doubt, the circle of relatives battles for solutions. Touching at the totally unhinged nature of the privileged and the pauper when driven to the edge, social buildings are known as into query, the elite and working-class every suffering to steer clear of collateral injury.
“One of our main goals in the script was to infiltrate the emotional background of our heroes. To create complex characters, who – as the story evolves – reveal their true selves. Sooner or later everyone has to face their past, their mistakes and guilt. Victims become the perpetrators and vice versa,” stated Tsampani.
She added: “We wanted this feeling of complicity to be present throughout the series and enhance the anticipation for the reasons and the outcome of this case. The class issue is also addressed a large deal, in the sense that no one is safe and protected, as powerful as they are. When you do harm, it will come back to you one way or another.” Produced through Mega TV and Filmiki, the 13-episode crime drama appears to be like love it has the prospective to grow to be a widely-appealing and riveting account of depression.
Reflecting at the pastime he felt in directing its manufacturing, Marinakis mused, “When I read the script, the first two episodes actually, I was electrified. I felt very strong emotions about the main characters and I was really triggered by the main set up. I was approached to make a Swedish Noir-style limited series and this direction combined with the story gave me a series of dark images and low key performances combined with a slow-burn fire inside the character souls. All these cinematic elements were new to Greek TV.”
He went on: “When you direct something you have to confront reality and learn to navigate through every kind of obstacle and the limitations of the budget. In some cases, when limitations force you to find an alternative way, something very beautiful and creative can come out of it.”
The solid consists of venerable Greek actors, together with Penelope Tsilika, Dimitris Lalos, Christos Loulis, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, and Anthi Efstratiadou, who navigate their roles with complexity.
“Steven Frears, who was my tutor at the National Film School in the U.K., always said that acting is 95% casting. By that, he meant that by carefully selecting the actors you have a guarantee for the end performance,” Marinakis stated.
“In ‘Silent Road,’ we carefully chose, with the casting director, the actors that could portray this dark and passionate universe and when they all came together something happened and they felt they were part of something very special and gave their souls to the project,” he concluded.
“Improvising and always having a window open during such a complex shoot can create tension, but the overall result, I believe, pays off.”