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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 09.16.10] Greece movie trailer news drama

A day in Athens. The power is constantly going off due to a strike. A ticket inspector buried in debt tries to keep his family together; a couple is one step away from break-up and two teens are travelling through the city with a revolver (a family heirloom). These are the three stories that make up and interconnect in Giorgos Georgopoulos’ first full length feature Tungsten.

Shot in black and white and dealing with “exclusion, violence, psychological cannibalism and consecutive power failures that portray a society on the edge,” Georgopoulos’ film looks like a gorgeously bleak affair where actions shape the individual and victims and villains switch roles.

At first I thought the title referred to the look of the film but a little reading has revealed that tungsten is a metal with the highest melting point and tensile strength which suggests to me that this may well be a story of survival through the bleakest of days. The trailer certainly suggests a bad day though whether salvation will be found at the end of it remains to be seen.

Trailer after the break.

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