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Emmy Winner Vakalis’ New Film Inspired by Greek/Euro Crisis

GLENDALE, CA – Nassos Vakalis, winner of an Emmy and numerous film awards, has written and directed a new film, Dinner for Few, inspired by the crisis facing Greece and other Southern European countries. A press release about the film follows:

Dinner For Few is a 10-minute CG-animated film depicting a sociopolitical allegory of our society. During dinner, “the system” works like a well-oiled machine. It solely feeds the select few who eventually, foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. Sadly, the offspring of this profound transition turn out not to be a sign of hope, but the spitting image of the parents.

Emmy award-winning animation artist Nassos Vakalis directed and wrote the film and the animation was produced in the United States of America and Greece with the technical and artistic collaboration of Eva Vomhoff from Germany. Dinner For Few is produced and funded by Nassos Vakalis and his wife, Katerina Stergiopoulou. The original music is composed by Kostas Christides and performed by the Bratislava Symphonic Orchestra.

The film employs a nontraditional CG look. It uses flat graphic colors with dark outlines and hard shadows. This stylistic approach is more relevant to the theme of the story and is reminiscent to the hand drawn two-dimensional animation style in comparison to the photo-realistic renderings we are used to see in many contemporary CG animations. The film’s finale includes a bloodshed sequence animated in a cut out graphic approach using only red and black silhouettes.

Dinner For Few was inspired by the economic recession affecting South European countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Nassos Vakalis grew up in Greece, where his family and most of his friends still live. “Dinner For Few” not only reflects his deep concern of the social and economic developments during the crisis but also highlights the inevitable and cyclical nature of the human affairs throughout history.

 

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