A Very European Break Up, a satire inspired by the European debt crisis, launches online this week. The short film tells the story of the unhappily married Germaine and Greco. She’s German. He’s Greek.
Made on a micro budget and using volunteers from across Europe, A Very European Break Up will be released for free on sites including YouTube on Wednesday 19 September (preview and links below). The film is around 8 minutes long and made for any audience – though some viewers may want to watch it a few times to uncover all of the references.
Each of the main cast come from a different European country.
Yiannis Alexiou was born and grew up on the island of Kos in Greece. He says of the crisis: ‘The Troika that have been supervising Greece for the past year or so have spent most of their time bullying or taking holidays away rather than coming up with any real solutions.’
Fleur Poad was brought up bilingually in Germany with a German mother and an English father. She adds: ‘I really have no idea about the financial crisis as I have always been good with my own money.’
Actress Dolores Reynals says: ‘As a half Spanish-half Argentinian I am no stranger to economic crisis. But I am having a hard time having a view on this one, it just makes me think about not spending the virtual money I have made-up in my head.’
British born Alex Roseman started work in the City before making the natural switch to acting. He has always said, ‘Debt crisis: It's happened before and it'll happen again.’
The film’s music has been arranged by half-Greek, half-German composer Markos M-Triantafyllou, whose contribution is just as confused as he is.
This is the latest film from production start-up Econ Films – movies about how the economy affects us all. Econ Films is run by British newcomer Bob Denham, an economics PhD dropout who has flirted with journalism, political activism and investment banking. The film is not for profit.