By Costas ZAPAS


Drama - Completed 2011

In a city, with heavy metal music and the voice of Maria Callas haunting the heroes, an aged man, ex-terrorist, who dresses like a woman and is hiding in the social shadows as a prostitute and performer, the “red Maria”, and a boy, live together a magical personal revolution.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GREECE
    • Languages
    • GREEK
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Costas ZAPAS
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • - "The rebellion of Red Maria" is the most explosive vein of the brilliant new wave of Greek cinema … "The rebellion of Red Maria"has the power to result in a tsunami.”
      Diego Trerotola, Pagina/12
      - “The Rebellion of Red Maria” foresees today’s social unrest … Costas Zapas stands out as the most lucid filmmaker to disclose the conditions in which a new “serpent egg” is incubated."
      Ernesto Flomenbaum – Pastora Campos
      - "The rebellion of the Red Maria " is the first Greek political film after “The Wandering Players” (1975) by Theo Angelopoulos, …Zapas brought to the Greek cinema innovations, a new aesthetic, narrative ideas and new approaches .... He opened a new way that was followed by Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and Tsangari (Attenberg).
      Alexis Dermendzoglou
      In a city - with heavy metal music haunting the heroes and the voice of Maria Callas being heard, an aged man, ex-terrorist, who dresses like a woman, the “red Maria”, lives without any law and is hiding in the social shadows as a prostitute and performer, dancing in the streets, old and out-dated dances, for the passersby who give him money. In the street he meets a young boy, who lives there as a street urchin, at deaths door after a neo-fascists attack. The boy, alcohol addicted, hears the voice of Maria Callas, speaks with the dead diva, with the mother he misses. In overdose he dreams of the perfect world. “Red Maria” saves the boy and teaches him the “job”. In order to survive they invade cafes, giving performances that talk for a new, political God, for the political mistake of God, for the end of the ideology. Their world is magical, poetical. And wild. “Red Maria” teaches the boy how to survive. Together they become the magician of the tribe, the holy fool, the rebel. They live a magical personal revolution. But a number of murders will change “Red Maria” and the boy from ideologists, into serial killers.