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Alpha (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 January 2015 (USA)
A woman is forced to sit under a hanged rotting corpse in the middle of a burnt forest, until the authorities decide that she has been punished enough.

Director:

Stathis Athanasiou

Writers:

Stathis Athanasiou, Mihalis Samiotis (contributing writer) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Serafita Grigoriadou ... Alpha
Tasos Karakyklas Tasos Karakyklas ... The Fugitive
Evdokia Chrysovergi Evdokia Chrysovergi ... The Bride
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvano Olalla Silvano Olalla ... The Young Fugitive
Katerina Psychogiou Katerina Psychogiou ... The Child Alpha
Savina Samioti Savina Samioti ... The Young Alpha
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Storyline

In a not-so-far-away future, Alpha, a conforming bourgeois woman, refuses to provide shelter to a mysterious Fugitive, for fear of putting her controlled life in danger. The Fugitive is captured and Alpha arrested and taken to the Forest, where the authorities throw the castaways and the condemned. She is put in a chair under the hanged body of the Fugitive until the authorities decide she has been punished enough. The Fugitive is her brother. She hates him. Written by Woofs

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A woman is forced to sit under her brother's rotting corpse in the middle of a burnt forest, until the authorities decide that she has been punished enough. See more »


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Not Rated
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Country:

Greece

Release Date:

25 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Budget:

€100,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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2.35 : 1
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Alpha is not only a feature film, but also a Transmedia Cinematic Performance, performed with the protagonist (Alpha-Serafita Grigoriadou) and the film sharing the same theatrical stage. See more »

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Chorus: All of you would say the same as me if you weren't gagged by Fear.
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Uneven, but sometimes powerful and always amazing looking
7 January 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Gorgeously photographed, this surreal, experimental tone poem of a film is very loosely based on Sophocles' "Antigone", but where Antigone willingly took on the authorities to mourn and bury her brother in spite of their edict forbidding it, this much less initially heroic modern variation of the heroine turns her brother away as he's being hunted down by frightening gas masked soldiers of the dictatorship. Alpha just wants to protect her 'safe' life. But as is so often the case in dictatorships, no one is safe, and soon, Alpha is dragged into the desert and abandoned there, sitting under a tree that holds the rotting corpse of her brother.

The rest of the film observes Alpha's attempt to survive physically, spiritually, psychologically and emotionally, fighting slowly going mad in her 'Waiting for Godot' like exile. And while she loses all she thought was important, in some ways she also finds parts of her humanity that were long dormant.

The film uses sound to great effect, and intersperses hallucinatory bits of Alpha's childhood memories throughout the film. There's a David Lynch sort of vibe, especially 'Eraserhead', in the surreal imagery and sound, and in the refusal to play by the usual rule of narrative. But this film isn't playful in the way 'Eraserhead' is. It's deadly serious, arguably too much so for it's own good at moments. While I admired it's techniques and ideas, some ideas are too heavy handed and/or repetitive. That said, I found the first and last 10 minutes quite strong, and the film grew on 2nd viewing, it's capturing of the sense of being in the middle of a stifling nightmare pretty darn disturbing and effective.

Note: the film is often screened in conjunction with live theater elements played out in front of it, in an avant-garde mix of artistic media.

Note 2: The film and the theatre-piece/film combo are both available to watch and/or download for free on it's website: http://alpha- movie.com/


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