AR3TE

Three people. Two realities. One structure. No "Arete". Consequences. The human in the center. He decides to build a structure to his own needs defying the law of life. Using the Paralogue "The dead brother's song" as a vehicle, the three characters are determined to achieve Aristotelian "mediocrity". The story has already begun and the parts of the Paralogue compose an absurd jumble of moments against time, making an irrational combination of moments. Problems soon have come. Everything they invoked stands in front of them, reminding them of the power of the event and its impossible undoing. The building is quickly demolished. The prophecy is verified and the true nature of the persons is revealed. The (real) "Arete" must take its place. Or is it too late?

A story about the power of consistency and inconsistency of human life and existence. An allegory for the trauma that can be caused to a living organism when it is confronted with the fact of loss. A reflection on the point that the human mind can reach in order to manage the new reality that surrounds it and the new rules imposed by life itself. "Arete" no longer has any place here.

  • Stella Dalla
    Director
  • Rafail Mixailidis
    Director
  • Eleni Marina Tzigertzi
    Director
  • Stella Dalla
    Writer
  • Rafail Mixailidis
    Writer
  • Eleni Marina Tzigertzi
    Writer
  • Stella Dalla
    Producer
  • Rafail Mixailidis
    Producer
  • Eleni Marina Tzigertzi
    Producer
  • Stella Dalla
    Key Cast
    "Guest I"
  • Rafail Mixailidis
    Key Cast
    "Guest II"
  • Eleni Marina Tzigertzi
    Key Cast
    "Arete"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ΑΡ3ΤΗ
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Stella Dalla, Rafail Mixailidis, Eleni Marina Tzigertzi

Stella Dalla:

Born in Thessaloniki on 4 November 1994. Finished High School in June 2012. In the same year, I attended the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During that time, I volunteered in Thessaloniki Film Festival. Also, I worked on photography by taking part in the photo club of Polytechnic School, F.L.A.S. Some years later, dropped out of the college community and started working on experimental video recording and writing, trying to discover, until now, my own truth.

Rafail Mixailidis:

Born in Xanthi on October 1994. Grew up in Alexandroupoli, where I stayed until 2012, when I moved to Thessaloniki for studies. Studied in the School of Drama of Faculty of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki . Graduated six years later from University (level of qualification: integrated master). As a child, I was always interested in theatre and stage performance. Also, liked movies, so I volunteered in Thessaloniki international film festival (TIFF) in 2019.

Eleni Marina Tzigertzi:

I am a theatre maker who was born in 1994 and originates from Komotini. In 2019, Ι graduated from the School of Drama of Faculty of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki [Integrated Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies] and I specialized in Theatre Directing and Scenography. During my studies and after my BA Degree, I organized and designed theatre and drama workshops for young ages in public spaces in Thessaloniki, while I have been an artistic collaborator in many primary schools both in Thessaloniki and Komotini. Additionally, I have worked as an assistant director in the National Theatre of Northern Greece, whereas I have attended theatre workshops with the director, G. Paraskevopoulos and choreography seminars with the choreographer, D. Triantaki. The current year, I am doing my Master’s Degree in contemporary Performance and I deal with the Dramaturgy and Directing of Devised and Documentary Theatre at York St John University in United Kingdom.

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Director Statement

Stella Dalla:

"When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words". Francis Ford Coppola. Result. The strength of the result, its paralyzing features. The damage that can be done to a person who is not ready to accept it. To deal with it. In the center, the power of human mind. Consciously. Unconsciously. After action comes reaction. Or reverse?

Rafail Mixailidis:

How easy is to distinguish the real from the imaginary, the real from the false, the conscious from the mental, when everything is literally hanging by a thread? The reality is somewhere in the middle. A person who tries to understand if everything that happens concerns him, in the chaos that prevails in his head. The depiction of a trapped man trying to survive in an irrational environment. The seventh art is called to depict a piece of reality as distorted as it is and in what terms it is presented.

Eleni Marina Tzigertzi:

How the subject of "trauma" and the tragic fact of "loss" can be depicted through images? How the "rational" and "irrational" element are confused in an unequal battle? How a contemporary short film can be articulated through the Paralogue of The dead brother's song, a Greek folk poem, written in the 9th century? "Ar3te" is a story about a strange reality that the human mind can reach in order to face a world without "Arete". But "Arete" is no longer here. "Ar3te" is a symbolic iteration of consistency and inconsistency of human life and existence. "Ar3te" tries to explore the psychosomatic pain, a pain which has been composed by "bitterness" and "joy".