Less than a month away from its Sundance premiere, “L” is finally ready to face the world!
“L” by Babis Makridis, set to represent Greece at the Sundance International Film Festival after winning a slot in the World Drama Competition section has been the country’s best kept secret. But not any more: “L” is ready to face the world!
Since December 22, “L’s” teaser trailer has been screening in theaters and the film even has a brand new international poster, exclusively released through Flix.
“L” starts its ambitious festival career at Sundance as the first ever Greek film to gain entrance to its prestigious Word Drama Competition section. But it’s not going alone. It is scheduled to arrive in Utah with a soon-to-be-collectible international poster, masterminded by designer Vasilis Marmatakis. Steeped in anger and sorrow, leading man Aris Servetalis dominates the artwork in a sad yet beautiful portrait exclusively created for the international market, as the Greek version is said to be entirely different!
Scroll down to the gallery for a full view.
Here’s what the Sundance Festival catalogue has to say about “L”:
“L” begins with an ode to being a bear and ends with an ode to the sea. What happens in between constitutes one of the more original, willfully bizarre films of the year.
A man lives in his car. He’s 40 and separated from his wife and kids, who live in a different car. They meet in parking lots. A professional driver, the man delivers honey to a narcoleptic man and often dreams of his friend, who was killed when a hunter mistook him for a bear. Frequently late delivering honey, the man is fired, and his driving skills are questioned. Thrust into existential uncertainty, he abandons “car life” and joins a rogue motorbike gang.
Cowriter/director Babis Makridis and cowriter Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, Alps) propel us into a funky, surreal world of deadpan absurdism. Beneath the postmodern detachment lies a quiet human struggle. Facing absurd existences, these characters are trying: to be better drivers, to be better bears. Even the score, a flawed rendition of Moonlight Sonata, is trying to be better.
The central character is interpreted by Aris Servetalis, while the film also stars Makis Papadimitriou, Eleftherios Matthaios, Nota Tserniafski, Stavros Raptis, Thanassis Dimou, Christoforos Skamnakis and Yannis Bostantzoglou.
“L” was produced by Beben Films (with Amanda Livanou and Babis Makridis credited as producers) in coproduction with NOVA, Feelgood Entertainment, Top Cut, Modiano S.A., Dennis Iliadis, Efthimis Filippou, Yannis Chalkiadakis, Thimios Bakatakis, Yorgos Papadimitriou, Dimitris Papathomas, and the support of the Greek Film Center.
The cinematography comes courtesy of Thimios Bakatakis, while the film was edited by Yannis Chalkiadakis and scored by Coti K. The sound was recorded by Stefanos Efthimiou, the sound design comes courtesy of Costas Fylaktidis, the sets were designed by Dafni Kalogianni and the costumes by Dimitri Papathomas. Yorgos Papadimitriou is credited as line producer and Dimitri Chalkiadakis was the location manager.
This year’s Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19 – 29, 2012. “L” will be domestically released in early 2012 by Feelgood Entertainment.
Watch the teaser trailer below and scroll down to the gallery for the international poster.