Far from his usual comfort, Vincent Dedienne travels with Stacy Martin in “I love Greece”. A comedy to discover in theaters on Wednesday July 6, 2022.
Vincent Dedienne and Stacy Martin leave to relax (or not)
Family holidays can sometimes be very complicated. In I love Greece, Marina and Jean leave far from France. In Greece, for a few days of vacation, the couple settles in a luxury house on an island in the Cyclades. Unfortunately for Jean, his girlfriend’s whole family joins. Thus, the holidays become painful, while Marina tries to convince Jean to settle in her country of origin, and Greece is in a deep crisis.
With this story, Swiss-Greek-British director Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas shoots her film between Athens and the many wonderful Greek settings. Her desire is to make her first feature film where her imagination overflows, and in a place that she particularly likes as she indicates to the press :
For my first feature film, I wanted to shoot in Greece, in this island of the Cyclades where I was practically born; to feel confident in this familiar place where I know everyone. As a child, during the summer, I invented stories there; bigger, it seems to me that the elements – the wind, very strong, the sun, violent, the sea – have shaped my gaze. I wanted to pose my camera in this nature that I deeply love.
A multitude of characters
Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas brings in her luggage Vincent Dedienne and Stacy Martin. With I love Greeceshe recounts the marital difficulties of their characters and uses it as a prism to take a closer look at current Greek society.
For me, Ariadne’s thread is the crisis that is hitting this country, which interferes everywhere and goes so far as to interfere in the couple.
Beyond the two main actors that the director directs, the cast includes a lot of characters. They modestly add to the plot.
People around me called me crazy for staging so much in a first film. But I have a passion for the group, intergenerational mixing. I like the idea of transfer – on the side of the artists as well as that of the technicians -, and I also like that there reigns a family atmosphere on the set.
Cultures and nationalities merge in I love Greece
I love Greece stands out for its multiculturalism. From her Swiss, English and Greek origins, the filmmaker brings real diversity to the set for this film – from a Franco-British nationality (Stacy Martin), to Greeks, Poles and French (the technicians), or Greek actors accompanying the main duo. Also, the feature film is played between the French and Greek languages.
These different cultures give a “positive energy” to the set, according to Nafsika Guerry-Karamaounas. An equally family side that the director needs, even that she gives the role of Marina’s mother to her own mother (Vanna Karamaounas).
I didn’t hesitate to entrust the role of Maro, Marina’s mother, to my own mother; getting my daughters out of school and dragging my 87-year-old grandmother to watch the filming.
I love Greece is to be discovered from Wednesday April 6, 2022 at the cinema.