|| Apology of An Economic Hit Man
Documentary, 89 Min., DV PAL, Color, B/W, completed Dec. 2007.
In front of an angry audience somewhere in Latin America, a North American discloses the secret network that used the World Bank, payoffs, extortion and sex, military coups and political assassinations to create the American empire. The definitive answer to President Bush’s question: “why do they hate us?“
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Lynx Productions SA
Greek Film Center ERT SA Stelios Kouloglou Kenan Akkawi Ilias Bovalis in association with Moxie Films.
Ilias Bovalis Drew R Figueroa
Dionisis Euthimiopoulos and Manolis Konsolakis
Ioanna Louloudi Maria Livanou Marina Demertzian Konstantinos Tsalakos Dafne Scaglioni
Apology of An Economic Hit Man is funded by generous grant from: The Greek Film Center.
“That is a film noir”, I said to myself when I first took knowledge of the economic hit man story. A sexy femme fatale, corruption and assassinations, no good guys ,secret meetings of the empire’s jackals full of smoke. And then there was also the voice over narration of a protagonist trapped in an unwanted situation, flashbacks to understand the birth of economic hit men and flash-forwards to the looting of Iraq. From low-key lighting and Venetian blinds to Dutch angles, I used the techniques of the film noir to make a documentary telling a real story about our present world.
Film noir is often described as essentially pessimistic. But the plot line and the final sequences of the film, when the protagonist apologises in front of the Ecuadorian people for his actions, give way to optimism: in a world full of cynicism and wars, there is always a room for redemption and hope.
Festivals & Awards :
- Palm Beach International Film Festival (2008)
- Hot Docs Market (2008)