assembly for an Oresteia (2016, 30'16'')

Robin Vanbesien presents a prelude to his forthcoming film vision for a citizen (due for completion in spring 2017), a fictional story based on his research into grassroots solidarity movements in Athens. In assembly for an Oresteia, as a first rehearsal the actors Evi Saoulidou, Akillas Karazissis, Bryana Fritz, Christos Passalis and Robin Vanbesien interview the real-life protagonists of local solidarity organizations: Kaiti Mendoni (Solidarity Piraeus), Christos Giovanopoulos (Solidarity4All), Christina Papadopoulos (Festival of Solidarity & Cooperative Economy), Christos Korolis (Mesopotamia Solidarity School in Moschato), Georgia Bekridaki (Time Bank Exarchia) and Christos Sideris (Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helleniko). The conversations, conducted collectively in a circle, reflect the ethics and the potential of self-organized democratic processes, at a time when the increasing lack thereof is felt all over Europe. The video was shot at Green Park, Athens, on 19 April 2016. Nine months before, to the day, the abandoned building of this former popular café had been occupied and reactivated by artists in reaction to the country’s overall instability and the absence of infrastructure for contemporary culture. vision for a citizen is conceived as a present-day adaptation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, originally staged for and by Athenians in their city-state in 458 BC. Orestes had taken the law into his own hands and killed his mother to avenge the murder of his father, and is thus brought to trial before the goddess Athena and a jury of citizens. By referring to the dramatic tradition of the polis, Vanbesien simultaneously invokes the roots of politics.

with
Georgia Bekridaki
Bryana Fritz
Christos Giovanopoulos
Akillas Karazissis
Christos Korolis
Kaiti Mendoni
Christina Papadopoulos
Christos Passalis
Evi Saoulidou
Christos Sideris
Robin Vanbesien

directed by
Robin Vanbesien

camera
Hans Bruch Jr.

focus puller
Nikos Psarras

sound recording
Vasilis Ipeirotis

boom operator
Vasileios Alexandria

assistant director
Chrisanthos Margonis

production manager
Agelos Spiliopoulos

production assistant
Stratos Kovanis

make-up
Nikoleta Drougka

editing
Robin Vanbesien
Inneke Van Wayenberghe

sound technical supervision
Laszlo Umbreit

voice over
Bryana Fritz

translator during assembly
Despoina Pavlaki

translator subtitles
Nassia Fourtouni

produced by
Timely