Archive of films The Building Manager / O diahiristis
2009, 93 min
Section: Another View
A gently ironic portrait of a midlife crisis. Pavlos takes over the job of building manager just as a sewage pipe bursts. Will Pavlos succeed in fixing the broken sewage pipe before he can fix his own wrecked life? Director Hoursoglou succeeds in creating a faithful, entertaining, and even touching portrait of "ordinary” interpersonal relations.
The story of 50-something Pavlos unfolds in an unspecified modern-day Greek city, portraying the man’s midlife crisis with a light and gently ironic tone. Pavlos takes over custodial duties from his aging mother and immediately has to deal with a disaster involving a sewage pipe. The fix-it job becomes complicated and creates an apt parallel to Pavlos’s increasingly complicated personal circumstances. At heart Pavlos is gracious and kind, and he tries to be a good husband, son, and building manager. But the ensuing state of affairs turns him into a morose and angry man whose nerves sometimes snap. Will Pavlos succeed in fixing the broken sewage pipe before he can fix his own "broken” life? Director and screenwriter Periklis Hoursoglou, who plays the lead role, has shot a drama with comic touches and gentle socio-critical accents. Hoursoglou succeeds in creating a faithful, entertaining, and even touching portrait of "ordinary” interpersonal relations.
About the director
Periklis Hoursoglou (b. 1955, Athens) studied mathematics and film. He has worked with many top directors, including his teacher Pantelis Voulgaris. Since 2004 he has taught direction at the School of Film Studies at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, as well as courses in acting at another college. He is an admirer (and attentive student) of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. Hoursoglou has made three shorts and four features, and his films have taken several Greek awards. The gently ironic work The Building Manager received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Shorts: The Cufflinks (1980), Touch Typing (1983), Style (1987). Features: Lefteris (1993), The Man in Grey (1997), Eyes of Night (2003), The Building Manager (2009).
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Dir. of Photography:||Stamatis Yannoulis|
|Cast:||Periklis Hoursoglou, Vangelio Andreadaki, Efstathia Tsapareli|
|Contact:||Greek Film Centre|
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