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ITALY: Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas's first feature film "Homeland" premieres at the 67th Venice Film Festival

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Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas' 'Homeland' is an explosive parable of Greece coming apart at the seams, shown through the spectrum of a very dysfunctional family.

"Homeland" ('Hora Proelefsis'), the first feature film by Greek director Syl...

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VENICE, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 08, 2010) (REUTERS)
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'HOMELAND' DIRECTOR SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS, SAYING: "What we wanted to do, we wanted to make a movie where the history of politics would ...

VENICE, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 08, 2010) (REUTERS)
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'HOMELAND' DIRECTOR SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS, SAYING: "What we wanted to do, we wanted to make a movie where the history of politics would explain the family and vice versa, family would explain what is going on in Greece. So, the question is, what is going on in Greece the last 20 years? I think in order to understand that you have to see the mentality within the families. Because these are the people who decide, these are the people who vote, they are the ones creating history right now. So we wanted an intense family story, as intense as what is going on in Greece. So we did this parallel between the family and the state and the history of the recent turmoil. So what the film narrates is the fall of a country and the fall of a family."
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'HOMELAND' DIRECTOR SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS, SAYING: "As the country was developing after the dictatorship people were starting to spend lots more than they could. We all pretended that this was a happy situation and we all look at the eighties in nostalgic terms. This has died now in Greece because now we pay for that period, we pay for era. And this was the era of our childhood. So what we have to do is look back at the eighties and the seventies without nostalgia and see where the wrong was made. That is what the film tries to do in the family's story, when is the moment where the big mistake happened?"
'HOMELAND' ACTRESS AND CO-WRITER YOULA BOUDALI TALKING TO REPORTER
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'HOMELAND' ACTRESS AND CO-WRITER YOULA BOUDALI, SAYING: "It (the riots) was very shocking, I had never seen these images and it was for the first time I saw images like I used to see in war journalism from other countries. And saw that now with places from Athens that I knew and where I go out. It was very scary because I had never seen anything like that happening within the centre of a city. And for the first time I felt like nothing was in control within the country. So it was very scary."
'HOMELAND' ACTOR THANOS SAMARAS TALKING TO REPORTER
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 'HOMELAND' ACTOR THANOS SAMARAS, SAYING: "I really focused on the personal drama of my character and there was a lot of it. And I a m pretty sure that he is a mirror for Greece as it is right now: dysfunctional, not much initiative, self-destructive and maybe a bit lazy."

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