Athena is “a story of brotherhood and this familial violence that is going to overflow the neighborhood and then the country.." says Romain Gavras.
Romain Gavras’ Athena will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 2, and we’ve got a first look at the trailer for the immersive modern tragedy from Netflix.
The film is about the tragic story of three siblings who live in unexplained circumstances which take a drastic turn after the youngest brother dies in the midst of an alleged fight with the police. One of the brothers is thus called back from the front lines and strives to ease tensions that are escalating between his younger brother Karim's desire for vengeance and his older brother Moktar's illicit activities.
Romain Gavras added, that Athena is “a story of brotherhood and this familial violence that is going to overflow the neighborhood and then the country. In civil wars, it’s that: brother against brother, family against family, and then nation against nation.”
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The narrative begins soon after the strange passing of a young child who left behind three brothers and a grieving neighborhood in the nearby Athena housing project. 'Athena' a modern Greek tragedy, centers on a French soldier named Abdel (Dali Bensalah), who is called back from the front lines when his youngest sibling, a young toddler, is allegedly killed in a police incident. Karim (Sami Slimane), the younger brother, leads the town's youth in a revolt against the police, turning their community into a fortress under siege. Abdel (Ouassini Embarek), the older brother, struggles to quell the building tensions as Karim leads the town's youth in a revolt against the police.
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Gavras recently told Deadline the film was “imagined as a Greek tragedy, and ultimately the tragedy is a kind of inexorable advance towards chaos.” The filmmaker said the script was born “with a simple idea of being inside a spark that could set the nation ablaze in real time.”
The cast of the film is no less than a wonder. With Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, and Alexis Manenti on board Gavras seems to bring magic to the big screen.
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Gavras explained that the cast and crew rehearsed for eight weeks before filming across 52 days outside the French capital — and without CGI. “The fights are real, the pyrotechnics are real,” he told, adding, “It’s always difficult to create an impression of chaos and hysteria and violence,” but there was “an almost military organization” to the process.
The film embraces both the epic and the personal. “We conceived of it and choreographed it almost like an opera, but always in a very realistic way so that the choreography isn’t felt,” Gavras explained. “There is a heightened reality with very strong symbolism — almost mythological shots — layered onto the present to create a sort of timeless war."