Monday (Closing film) – by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Sunday, April 3rd, 8 p.m., Hall 1, German premiere
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Monday follows the story of Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, who meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. When Chloe’s time in Greece is drawing to a close, she decides to give up her high-flying job back home and explore whether one weekend’s passion can stand the reality of the inevitable Monday.
Argyris Papadimitropoulos was born the year the Ramones released their legendary debut album, and this might somewhat explain a few things.
After directing two multi-awarded shorts (Tender, 2004 and Pendulum, 2003) and receiving a Berlinale Talents Campus stamp on his film passport, Argyris went on to become the youngest Greek filmmaker to direct a box-office feature hit; Bank Bang (2008), which went on to become a major commercial and critical hit. The film has also won the Best First Time Director award of the Hellenic Film Academy.
His follow-up, 2011’s Wasted Youth, opened the 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival and has travelled ever since to more than 40 festivals around the world, such as Toronto, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI), Karlovy Vary and Munich among others.
Argyris’ next film, Suntan, 2016, premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW). Suntan won the Best Film Award in Edinburgh Film Festival, the Youth Jury Prize in Brussels and a nomination for the European Audience Film Award (LUX) of the European Parliament. It got released theatrically in more than 15 countries, and broadcasted and streamed by Netflix, HBO and Film4, to name a few.
His latest film, Monday (2020), is his first English-language feature, starring Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF and the Tribeca Film Festival and is sold worldwide by Protagonist Pictures. The film was released by IFC Films theatrically and on other platforms in the United States in April 2021.
Argyris has also directed more than 200 commercials, rising to become one of Europe’s top ad directors.
He often puts on his producer hat with his own Oxymoron Films, presenting the world with award-winning features such as Berlinale’s sensation At Home (2014).
Last but not least, Argyris has no hobbies whatsoever.
Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Dominique Tipper
Greece, United Kingdom, United States
English without subtitles