Cinema Libre announced this past week that Greek actor and filmmaker Christopher Papakaliatis’ Worlds Apart will be making its domestic DVD debut on Apr. 11.
A limited major metro theatrical run is currently underway and ticket sales thus far amount to $45,483 … the ARR works out to 88 days.
Three seemingly unrated tales of the heart — each representing different generations — are presented by Papakaliatis, who cleverly brings them full circle in the film’s final act.
Greece, modern day, economic issues abound and the refugee storms of the Middle East are present. Times are tough, but love somehow finds a path.
The first of these stories introduces us to Daphne (played by Niki Vakali in her film debut), a lovely young woman, who finds herself in harm’s way and is rescued by a very unlikely stranger. He is a Syrian refugee named Farris (Tawfeek Barhom — The Idol, A Borrowed Identity), who survives by hustling as a street vendor.
Daphne and Farris are drawn to each other, but her father (played by the late Minas Hatzisavvas) forbids such a relationship … it just can’t happen!
The middle part of the film brings both romance and conflict as Giorgios (played by Papakaliatis) meets Elise (Andrea Osvart), who is something of a Viking goddess, in a local watering hole, has a one-night stand that turns into a passionate love affair. There is just one little problem … Elise has been hired to find ways to cut the fat at Giorgios’ company!
And finally we have the sweetest story of the trio. This one involves a woman named Maria (Maria Kavoyianni), who is a frumpy Greek housewife, unhappy in her marriage — no, make that miserable in her marriage.
At the local supermarket she meets Sebastian (played by Oscar winner J.K. Simmons — Whiplash), a retired college professor from Germany, and they hit it off. They are an unlikely pair, but there is a spark that brings light to her world (she literally comes alive in Sebastian’s presence) and, if the truth be known, her friendly smile and responsive glow opens up his heart (read: lonely). They agree to meet each week, same time, same place … an affection grows, that, as viewers, we become emotionally invested in.
As mentioned, these three seemingly unrelated stories will come together … very sweet, very clever.
Bonus features include a “Making-Of” featurette and a video session with filmmaker Christopher Papakaliatis.