Cast & Crew
In the 1950s and 60s, Athens nightlife was dominated by the spectacular shows of the Acropole musical theatre, which featured Hollywood-style costumes and scenery, large orchestras, and self-taught, working-class actors. On the very night of the premiere, Prince, the self-made, theatrical producer who runs Acropole is forced to fire one of his leading ladies right before the opening number. To replace her, he decides to take a risk and hire former child prodigy of the popular cinema Lakis Loizos, who specializes in performing comic female roles. Despite his bitterness, Lakis decides to try his luck on the stage of this famous theatre. The show's a hit, sparking much antagonism, petty grudges and open rivalries. On the final night of the winter season the actors and technicians revive an Aristophanic tradition, the "Alalum," a night for the unexpected, the spontaneous and the insane. For Lakis, however, it's an opportunity to settle his own accounts with his enemies, real and imaginary.
Pantelis Voulgaris was awarded best director at the 1996 Cairo International Film Festival.
Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (European Union Film Showcase) October 18-31, 1996.
Shown at Cairo International Film Festival December 2-15, 1996.
Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 1996.
Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palm Springs, California January 9-26, 1997.
Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 13 - March 2, 1997.
Shown in New York City (MOMA) as part of program "Pantelis Voulgaris: A Retrospective" October 20-26, 1995.
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