The new Greek feature film “The Final Payoff’ after winning two Audience Awards at the Cyprus International Film Festival and at the Peloponnesian International Film Festival was given a distribution deal with the new company Filmboy Pictures for a scheduled release at movie theaters in Greece for April. The movie is also an official selection for the upcoming Worldfest Houston International Film Festival where it is also nominated for the Remi Award. The Athens Premiere will be on 19 March as a special screening at the closing night of the Horrorant Fright Nights Film Festival.
The movie is inspired by recent true events that have happened in Greece and by the economic crisis which has greatly influenced the country. It aims to depict in a cinematic view the current social climate in Greece through the eyes of one man who works for a powerful loan shark. It can be characterized as an action movie, a film genre which is rather rare and novel for new Greek Cinema, but also involves intense social and dramatic elements.
Plot summary: An ex-boxer, Greg, works for a strong loan Shark in Athens, Markos. He and his partner are assigned the difficult project to collect back money and interests from borrowers. They both come across everyday people that have been affected by the financial crisis and they get loans which they have to pay off by deadlines! Greg starts having moral concerns when things go bad and has to choose between his job and starting a new life with an ambitious actress he falls for. But a well kept secret from his past will quickly make him reconsider his life and force him to collide with everyone and everything to make the final payoff.
Produced by: Desmida Visual Creations, Alexander Leontaritis, Greg Terzakis
Directed and written by Alexander Leontaritis
Actors: Greg Terzakis, Laydust (Marina Tsigonaki), Yannis Bostantzoglou, Eleni FIlini, Giorgos Giannopoulos, Christos Theofilatos, Argyris Thanasoulas, Vangelis Mourikis, Maria Kalagbor, Haris Georgiadis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Tety Kalafati, Christina Noland, Theofylaktos Argyrou, Manos Katsabouris. Guest appearances by Anastasis Kolovos and Kyriakos Keranopoulos.
Cinematography is by Vlasis Skoulis, editing by Dimitris Kadis and original music composition by George Krezos and Zen Garden.