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Yannis Economides

Ballad for a Pierced Heart (I balada tis trypias kardias)

3/5
Focus op Griekse Cinema 140' - 2020 - Crime, Comedy - Dialogue: Greek - Format: DCP
Director: Yannis Economides Composer: Jean-Michel Bernard With: Vicky Papadopoulou, Vassilis Bisbikis, Stathis Stamoulakatos
Fri 15 Oct
19:30
Sphinx 1
Subtitles: English
Sat 16 Oct
22:00
Sphinx 1
Subtitles: English
Mon 18 Oct
14:30
Sphinx 1
Subtitles: English
Tue 19 Oct
14:30
Sphinx 1
Subtitles: English
The beautiful Olga elopes with a former pop star and triggers a fatal domino effect in the local crime world. Yannis Economides’ Ballad for a Pierced Heart, is a black gangster comedy reminiscent of the Coen brothers, thanks to the explicit dialogues, laconic images and sudden outbursts of violence.
Beautiful Olga knows, she could do better than playing trophy wife to a rich brute in a grim provincial town somewhere in Greece. She finds solace in the arms of her new lover, pop-folk-singer-cum-nightclub-owner, Manos. She leaves her husband Iraklis for good, taking away not only his honor, but also his secret stash of one million euros. The couple go off the grid, to a love nest in the mountains.This double insult is too much for Iraklis to take. Instigated by his mother Fotini, he contacts the head of the local mafia, Tsekos, and puts a contract on both their heads.
In the clean mountain air, Olga gets her mojo back and decides she will return the money. Manos doesn’t show his frustration but reaches out to his mother, Aliki, and expresses his murderous thoughts to her. She convinces her weak-minded narcissist of a son that the right thing to do is betraying Olga and keeping the money for themselves. Of course, no one must know of the one million euros, so Iraklis must “disappear”, too. To that end, they contact Tsekos as well, and put a contract on both Iraklis’ and Olga’s heads.

But Tsekos, who’s spent decades in the “making people disappear” business, knows better than letting a chance like this slip through his fingers. He has a better plan and no qualms about it: killing the lot of them and keeping the million for the family. That means there is no room for outside witnesses… but what about the inside ones?

Lost in their conniving planning and scheming, the three families forget the strongest motive of all: love. Pure, romantic, unrequitted love, the kind that can drive a man to do anything in order to save an unsuspecting woman from the wolves that surround her.

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Credits

Director

Yannis Economides

Composer

Jean-Michel Bernard

With

Vicky Papadopoulou, Vassilis Bisbikis, Stathis Stamoulakatos

Scenario

Harry Lagoussis, Dimosthenis Papamarkos, Yannis Economides

Director of Photography

Dimitris Katsaitis

Editor

Giannis Halkiadakis

Producer

Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Ingmar Trost, Yannis Economides, Panos Papahadzis, Elie Meirovitz

Production studios

EZ Films, Yannis Economides Films, Faliro House Productions, Argonauts Productions S.A., Sutor Kolonko

More information

Dialogue

Greek

Subtitles

English

Countries of production

Greece, Cyprus, Germany, France

Year

2020

Filmography

Yannis Economides
Kalimera nyhta (short, 1990), Stadiaki veltiosi tou kairou (short, 1992), Mono myrizontas giasemi (short, 1994), I zoi pou tha 'theles (1995), Spirtokouto (2003), Soul Kicking (2006), Mahairovgaltis (2010), Stratos (2014)

Technical Specs

Format
DCP

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