Directed by Tassos Boulmetis, Mythopathy (ΝΟΤΙΑΣ i.e. South Wind) stars Giannis Niaros, Themis Panou, Maria Kallimani, Taxiarhis Hanos, Argyris Xafis, Errikos Litsis and Omiros Poulakis. This 100min long drama screens in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra at the 2017 Greek Film Festival.
This film was engaging from start to finish. Its Director Boulmetis' long-awaited story of 'sarcastic nostalgia', revisiting a politically turbulent Athens during the '70s and '80s. By film's end, the vocalised 'when the south wind blows' will remain in your memory as a reminder of a whimsical, charming story that was entertaining.
A bitter-sweet comedy about the coming of age of young Stavros, he experiences his emotional and sexual experience at a very young age. However, when his heart is broken, he develops an imagination that bends and twists stories of classical Greek myths and legends, which alarms his parents who are unaware of what's triggering this behaviour. Visiting specialist after specialist with his baffled mother, he's finally diagnosed as having 'Mythopathy', by a local fortune-teller who knows all about the South Winds that blow.
The delightful young actor playing Stavros in his adolescence does a good job of setting the story for a grown-up Stavros. His adolescent expressions as he experiences yet another 'burst of love' is touching and will put a smile on your face. As a grown man, he's a young romantic, who is sensitive and imaginative, and his relationships with women gives him yet another story, something to narrate and go on with. Though touching on the coming of age in the '60s and '70s, with its political and social landscape, it does not delve deeply into the period or its politics.
Instead, this is a personal diary of the main character as he goes through the bitter sweet moments of first love, and heartbreak, and his way of coping in a different, imaginative way. We follow him as he strives to make his dreams come true, until the moment he decides to become a film director; discovering along the way, that the apple does not fall far from the tree. A gorgeous film worth seeing, this is but one of many at this year's Greek Film Festival, so be sure to check out the rest of the films and special events.