AGORÁ II – CHAINED
The new film by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
May 9, 2020 – 8:00 p.m.
After AGORÁ – From Democracy to the Market, a film on the Greek crisis which created quite a stir and was internationally awarded, Yorgos Avgeropoulos returns with his second film on the subject, AGORÁ II – Chained.
For nearly five years (2015-2019), Avgeropoulos observed Greek society on multiple levels, having as its main protagonists prime minister Alexis Tsipras, minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis, a refugee couple from Syria, a grieving mother, an economic migrant and a young doctor.
The political part of the film is based on exclusive footage, shown for the first time.
Avgeropoulos is the only filmmaker to have had behind-the-scenes camera access during the negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors in the dramatic first half of 2015. This allows him to fill-in crucial missing pieces in the puzzle of those days, that were so decisive in re-shaping the European political landscape. But it also expands over time, covering other critical moments, like the Macedonia naming dispute and the completion of the austerity program in the summer of 2018.
This unique footage and multiple story-lines provide the vehicle for the story of the film to unfold, a story in which the characters evolve through time. The decisions they take, the obstacles to be overcome, and the brute realities that have to be confronted if they are to even partially achieve their goals.
In this way, Avgeropoulos creates a political, social but also a profoundly human film, the cinematographic mosaic of a modern Greek tragedy, posing critical questions regarding the future of his country, as well as Europe’s.
AGORÁ II – Chained (90 & 110 min) is a SmallPlanet production, in co-production with WDR (Germany) and in collaboration with ARTE (France/Germany). The film will be released in Greece and internationally in the beginning of 2020.