Costas Zapas all set to shoot ΦRANKENSTEIN (Love Me Back to Life)
by Vassilis Economou
- The edgy director has selected Elli Tsitsipa and Andonis Goritsas as the lead actors for his film adaptation of his own novel
UPDATE (15 January 2019): It has been confirmed that Costas Zapas will commence the shooting of ΦRANKENSTEIN (Love Me Back to Life) next month in Athens. First-time actress Elli Tsitsipa will play the leading role of a young reporter who attempts to investigate the true story behind the mythical tale of Frankenstein, while another debutant, Andonis Goritsas, will play young medicine student Victor Frankenstein. The rest of the cast includes Dimitra Hatoupi, Vassilis Bisbikis, Parthenopi Bouzouri and Demetre Georgalas, while US actor Louis Mandylor is guest-starring and is also acting as the film’s executive producer. It is expected that the first trailer for ΦRANKENSTEIN will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival, and the international release is scheduled for later this year.
Costas Zapas (The Last Porn Movie, Minor Freedoms [+see also:
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film profile]) has always been an edgy and fairly unconventional director, as his films grab the audience's attention on account of both the extreme nature of their topics and, of course, his avant-garde and occasionally eccentric aesthetics. The film adaptation of his own novel, ΦRANKENSTEIN (Love Me Back to Life), has been his most trying project to date, as it has been stalled in pre-production since 2011 (see the news). Zapas’ literary adaptation of the Gothic classic brings the Frankenstein story into modern-day society by revitalising it, without losing any of the atmosphere or the horror that Mary Shelley’s saga originally captured back in 1818.
Zapas has also written the screenplay for the film, and Gregory Athanasiou, the owner of Minus Pictures, will once again act as his producer, while Willi Kamarad, Thamara Barth and Marc Steinhauer will serve as executive producers. Other notable members of the crew are composer Shigeru Umebayashi (In the Mood for Love, A Single Man), and animator and special-effects specialist Panagiotis Rappas. ΦRANKENSTEIN (Love Me Back to Life) is an international co-production by Minus Pictures (Greece) in conjunction with Dreamfilms GmbH (Germany), Oticons (Bulgaria), Rappas Films (Greece) and SEM-S SA (Greece), and it is being supported by the Greek Film Centre. German company Asgard International will be responsible for the international sales and distribution. The film will be shot on location in Greece, and the rest of the international and Greek cast will be announced soon.
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