What if you had a serious illness that stopped you from real life? Would you just wait in a room for death to come and waste all you had left or would you try to make it count, no matter it lasted less?
Lukas is nearly 30 years old and suffers from a serious heart disease. He passes his days between serious surgeries doing nothing; he is miserable and lonely. Loca on the other hand is a 20 years old girl full of life. She is a graffiti artist the police would love to catch. On a carnival night Lukas and Loca get together and when Loca gets busted; Lukas has to decide whether he risks his life trying to save her or keeps on waiting for death to come doing nothing.
A utopian fairytale taking place in dystopian times…
Carnival scenes, August shootings, empty roads, the scenery balancing between social turmoil and Carnival create the canvas for a utopian fairytale that takes place in dystopian times.
We are a group of young people living in Heraklion – Crete; trying to make a movie about life and why it’s worth it. The idea of the movie came up during a creative writing classroom; the original idea was about a very sick young man who just wanted to die laughing. Through the lesson the idea was transformed to what it is today; a story about living for a cause and dying for it. We believe that – especially in today’s Greece, the Greek of crisis – this is an important message. Nowadays Greek people are tired and disappointed; just like Lukas. They just keep on living letting the days passing by without doing nothing; it’s just a slow death. Through the movie we want to talk about making it count; about the most important thing we should never forget that our life is given to us once; like a special present. “Loca” is a story about people who – like Jack Kerouac wrote – “but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!””
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Additionally, you will contribute in elevating the city of Heraklion and Crete in general as a film-making hub. As the city is suffering the economic crisis effects, we strive to keep our creativity and art alive. Our crew is taking part in an unprecedented collaboration of all the cinema professionals in Heraklion. You can help us to set the foundations for this generation of film-makers and artists, so that we open the way for the next generation!
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Lenght: Short Film
Shootings location: Heraklion/Crete/Greece
Maria Papadaki (Flo)
Directed by: Maria Papadaki (PJ)
Script: Lefteris Giannakoudakis & Maria Papadaki
Producers: Martha Lyroni & Fani Anagnostou
Assistants: Tasou Palisdou, George Siekris, Frantzeska Adreadaki, Anthi Oikonomou, Maria Kopanaki
Assistant director: Lifters Giannakoudakis
Camera Operator: Vasilis Flouris
Assistant Photographer & Operator:Yannis Mathioudakis
Photography: Manolis Mathioudakis
Ass. photographer: Maria Chatzikonstantinou
Sound Engineer: Tomas Schenk
Booman: Kostas Mavridis
Scenography / Costums: Anna Hiletzaki
Promo Scenopgraphy: Meropi Papadaki
Make up artist: Mirto Alexaki
Hairstyling: Yannis Hriasidakis
Original Soundtrack: Vagelis Syligardos
Movie musicians: Vagelis Syligardos, Maria Fasoulaki, Alexandros Kanakakis
Dance at music scene:
Mpouzouki: Vagelis Syligardos
Congas: Nikos Pagomenos
Teaser Mixing and Mastering: Madhat / Nikos Vogiatzakis
PRODUCTION: RAGAZE STUDIO