CULTURE

Movie credits

With past experience including acting on stage, Victoria Haralambidou (Niki) and Evi Saoulidou (Haro), the young leading actresses of «Brides,» appear both dedicated to and intimidated by their roles. When asked about how they feel about their work, they reply: «We have just begun filming. We will be able to talk about all this after we wrap up the film. What can we say now?» In the role of Norman, the photographer who falls in love with Niki, is up-and-coming British actor Damian Lewis, whose credits include Lawrence Kasdan’s «Dreamcatcher» and the «Band of Brothers» series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Other members of the international cast include French actress Andrea Ferreol, actor/playwright Steven Berkoff as well as Greek actors Irini Inglesi, Dimitris Kataleifos, Ieroklis Michailidis and Evelina Papoulia. With the film’s costs rising to 2.5 million euros, «Brides» is set to be the biggest Greek film ever in terms of volume, including 2,500 French-made costumes, Panavision cameras used for the first time in Greece (similar to those used in Hollywood productions) and 5,500 extras. Also, there will be extensive use of digital technology for special effects, such as for crowd scenes. In the film’s credits, Martin Scorsese will figure as executive producer, with Barbara de Fina, Pantelis Voulgaris and Terry Douglas as producers and Costas Lambropoulos as line producer. Cinematography is by Giorgos Arvanitis, music by Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, sets by Dimitris Katsikis, costumes by Damianos Zarifis and Eva Nathena and editing by Takis Yiannopoulos. «Brides» is being produced by Scorsese’s Kappa Productions and Alco Films, in co-production with Cinegram, the Greek Film Center, KG, Alpha Channel, with the support of Eurimages, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek National Tourist Organization, and the European Script Fund. Distributed by Odeon, the film will be screened in Greece in 2004.