The feature Film “Faust a return from the future”
Fiction film “Faust a return from the future” 81 minutes
The movie is primarily poetic, inspired by Goethe’s “Faust”, with simultaneous involvement of reality, in which the main character (Odysseas) is misled by the representative of an advertising agency (Alexandrou) a modern version of Mephistophelis- and in order to secure funding for Eleni’s movie, gives them material – from this movie- to use it for their advertising campaign. He thus gives the potential to the advertiser to use Helene’s work. She denies it violently and struggles to save her art work. Odysseas, seeking reconciliation with Helene must pass an inner test, – corresponding to Faust’s inner test – Odysseas has to die and become spiritually in the way that Faust did. Something which imply an acquaintance with the world of “Mothers”. Helene disappears after a conflict with Odysseus. He has to find her, because that’s the key for solving the problem, along with breaking a mysterious code. So, Odysseus will engage in an agonizing effort to protect the artwork and to compensate for the betrayal of their principles. Will he make it?
Further clues to the Film
I have composed the music score of the film apart from the J,S.Bach music for cello solo and the adagio for cello and piano transcribed by Busoni. J.S Bach Sarabande in C as well as the prelude from Bach Suite in A-minor for solo.
Because I am a Cellist herself in the past I have performed the pieces and orchestrated the parts so that it becomes an ensemble for two cellos and trammel. I HAVE tried for a resonance of music and picture even if that would imply the subordination of the visual rhythm to the auditary .
The main theme is an adaptation of a folk song out of which I composed variations of a theme for cello and percussions. Additionally I have orchestrated the theme by film editing so as to make a music ensemble version.
NOTES ON THE FILM SCENARIO AND STRUCTURE
This film is an adaptation of Faust as a whole (with a focus on the second part), based also on other works of Goethe and others.
The problem of originality is posed in the film through an adaptation of the Goethe – Schiller correspondence on intellectual property and the importance of originality, orchestrated as the initial conflict of the film (fist terrace encounter between Odysseus and Helene).
Odysseus is a modern “reincarnation” of Faust (more confused and less “Promethean” though), Helene functions as his (female) voice of consciousness (among other things in the film) accusing him of his moral blunder to sell her work (a film, the equivalent of the Margarita-victim in this case) to a corrupt advertiser, Alexandrou and for succumbing to some petty profit and every day needs in expense of his freedom and the reality of Poetry (a reminiscent of Faust’s plunders, as the poisons he made with his father to spread disease and make profit by…curing it, or what he did to Margarita).
Odysseus ends up in a conflict with this complementary and Mefisto-like character through his quest for knowledge and existential answers. Alexandrou-Mefisto (he is not only that, though) is a sophist, that deliberately misinterprets Goethe’s work.
Odysseus’ quest is much like the creative process in the mind of an artist (or even a scientist in some cases). In this process, he has to reconcile with his “feminine side”, Helene and other personifications, to acknowledge her intuitive ways as part of his overall identity (besides, Goethe well-respected and believed in feminine creativity in an era that this disposition was not at all very common). She tests him, she defines him. They together form a triad, along with Alexandrou, that constitutes a single human being (or the humanity) fighting an existential struggle.
There is a slight comic flavor in the film, as a reference to the transitions between the satire (the “Aristophanic” parts) and the tragedy in Faust.
Poetry and vision are also opposed with purposiveness and the “real world” of the film via transitions between them, as they compete for “supremacy” in Odysseus mind throughout his quest.
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