Written by Melina Tsampani and Petros Kalkovalis and directed by Vardis Marinakis, the collection dissects the entangled lives of an prosperous household in Athens after a college bus carrying their kids is held hostage, the children and bus drivers inside being kidnapped and held for ransom. A slight nod to the eerie legend, turning on the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the city should come to grips with the occasion whereas police dig into the crime, determined to resolve the atrocity.
“Whereas shaping the concept for ‘Silent Street,’ we needed to make use of a fairytale within the narration, as a bridge that connects the world of adults to that of the youngsters. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a darkish fairytale about belief and revenge. It addresses points that we’re additionally coping with, in our story,” remarked Kalkovalis. “Nonetheless, the fairytale didn’t work as a basis for ‘Silent Street,’ regardless of the similarities. It was extra like we‘d discovered our frequent floor with it within the technique of exploring the unique concept.”
The trailer opens with a birthday celebration for the commanding patriarch of the Karouzou household, his kids, and grandchildren, monumental cake in hand, singing his praises with refined elation. He blows out the candles and the ominous title observe, from Maze, begins as an establishing aerial shot of the city takes over the display.
An abduction takes place and we witness the innocence of the youngsters flip to uncertainty as they change into the unlikely pawns in a precarious recreation.
The trailer wraps teasing high-tension and the bravery of youth as deep household secrets and techniques come to gentle. By presenting an array of fragmented views, the collection touts a number of plot strains between the distinguished household, their kids, criminals, and working-class of us from round city knotted up within the plot because the story slowly unravels at a gradual but true-to-life tempo.
Sympathy is sought, and sometimes gained, because the titular characters show their fragility at each flip. By means of grief, blame, and self-doubt, the household battles for solutions. Referring to the fully unhinged nature of the privileged and the pauper when pushed to the brink, social buildings are referred to as into query, the elite and working-class every struggling to keep away from collateral harm.
“Considered one of our principal objectives within the script was to infiltrate the emotional background of our heroes. To create complicated characters, who – because the story evolves – reveal their true selves. Ultimately everybody has to face their previous, their errors and guilt. Victims change into the perpetrators and vice versa,” mentioned Tsampani.
She added: “We needed this sense of complicity to be current all through the collection and improve the anticipation for the explanations and the result of this case. The category subject can be addressed a big deal, within the sense that nobody is secure and guarded, as highly effective as they’re. If you do hurt, it’ll come again to you a technique or one other.” Produced by Mega TV and Filmiki, the 13-episode crime drama seems to be prefer it has the potential to change into a widely-appealing and riveting account of despair.
Reflecting on the eagerness he felt in directing its manufacturing, Marinakis mused, “Once I learn the script, the primary two episodes truly, I used to be electrified. I felt very robust feelings about the principle characters and I used to be actually triggered by the principle arrange. I used to be approached to make a Swedish Noir-style restricted collection and this route mixed with the story gave me a collection of darkish photographs and low key performances mixed with a slow-burn hearth contained in the character souls. All these cinematic components had been new to Greek TV.”
He went on: “If you direct one thing you must confront actuality and be taught to navigate by each type of impediment and the restrictions of the funds. In some instances, when limitations drive you to search out another manner, one thing very lovely and inventive can come out of it.”
The solid consists of venerable Greek actors, together with Penelope Tsilika, Dimitris Lalos, Christos Loulis, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, and Anthi Efstratiadou, who navigate their roles with complexity.
“Steven Frears, who was my tutor on the Nationwide Movie College within the U.Ok., all the time mentioned that performing is 95% casting. By that, he meant that by fastidiously choosing the actors you might have a assure for the tip efficiency,” Marinakis mentioned.
“In ‘Silent Street,’ we fastidiously selected, with the casting director, the actors that would painting this darkish and passionate universe and once they all got here collectively one thing occurred they usually felt they had been a part of one thing very particular and gave their souls to the mission,” he concluded.
“Improvising and all the time having a window open throughout such a posh shoot can create stress, however the general end result, I imagine, pays off.”