HIGHWAY TO HELLAS
Language: Greek, German, English
Running Time: 89min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º
The most-watched European relationship of 2015 was the one between Germany and Greece, as fiscal tensions between the two nations created a nearly untenable situation. What to do? Laugh, of course, so as to not cry. And come see Aron Lehmann’s timely culture-clash comedy, Highway to Hellas.
For some years now a small Greek tourist village has been living off an economic stimulus grant administrated by a German bank. They grant was intended to fund the construction of a power plant and a hospital, but neither project has even been initiated. Munich is getting suspicious, and mid-level bureaucrat Jorg Geissner is dispatched to investigate. Thrown into panic, the village deploys man-about town Panos, who is half-German. An elaborate yarn-spinner, Panos orchestrates a convincing façade and a great many outlandish, yet somehow plausible, excuses to maintain the fiction that the village is putting the funds to their intended use.
Lehmann’s inspired tack in Highway to Hellas is to contrast cultures by placing the richest and most charismatic aspects of each in opposition. This playful comic commentary embraces the vagaries of staying open to change—and reminds us that sometimes it is best to take serious matters just a shade less seriously. – Jaie Laplante
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Director: Aron Lehmann
Producer: Dan Maag, Marco Beckmann, Matthias Schweighöfer
Screenwriter: Arnd Schimkat, Moses Wolff, Aron Lehmann-Adapted from a novel - Highway to Hellas, by Moses Wolff, Arnd Schimkat
Music: Boris Bojadzhiev
Cinematographer: Nikolaus Summerer
Editor: Simon Gstöttmayr