Interview with Screenwriter Antonia Patsidou (THE BLUE PARROT)

What is your screenplay about?

“THE BLUE PARROT” is about a detective that during his research for the notorious Nazi Gold, finds the road to his Ithaca that leads him to his revenge. My story presents real historic facts that actually happened and reveals elements such as the looting by Nazis, the notorious Nazi Gold and the brutality of Nazis to the prisoners in the concentration camps in Greece! My focus also has to do with the looting of the Greek gold of the Bank of Greece.

What happened to that gold? The central hero Chris has suffered by the Nazis during the Second World War and finally finds the opportunity for revenge during his research for the Nazi Gold.

It is about Romy, a very attractive female married with a fugitive former Nazi, but she is not aware about her husband’s past. What happens when Romy learns the truth?

It is about a real friendship between two men, Chris and Artemios. When the play reaches the climax of the conflict, the two heroes realize that it is better to journey than to arrive. (Life should not be wasted in always contemplating the goal of one’s endeavors or in building up hopes and schemes for the future but in enjoying the
journey.)

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Film Noir, Action & Adventure.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

THE BLUE PARROT is a fictional story that based on true facts! Two heroes of the screenplay Otto and Rudolph really existed! They were Nazi German officials and actually Otto was an SS officer with the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer and served as commander of the Haidari concentration camp in Athens, (Greece). Otto was notorious for the barbarity and cruelty towards the prisoners – Jews, Greeks and Roma.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The journey-Ithaca is the theme. Like “Odyssey,” Ithaca is the human journey through life, it is better to journey than to arrive.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Indiana Jones – Collection.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started the first draft a few years ago. It followed a rewrite and a polish a few months ago.

How many stories have you written?

Total five. Three feature and two shorts.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“Peter Gunn” composed by Henry Mancini.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only difficulty that I faced was the research part during the Second World War. I found many historic data that helped me to narrate the story, but on the other hand I had to filter the necessary historical data, without representing the story as a documentary film.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about history – mostly Hellenic history from ancient times to Byzantium era.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Excellent.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I am aware about the festival a few years ago! It is a special festival that gives opportunities to new writers to submit their work and being their work recognizable.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Otto: Steve Rizzo
Rudolf: Geoff Mays
Chris: Allan Michael Brunet
Artemios: Shawn Devlin

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