Emma Stone finds relief in dark Greek silent film

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For Emma Stone, starring in “Bleat,” a Greek silent film with surreal and disturbing scenes of sex, death and resurrection, was a professional challenge and a relief.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For Emma Stone, starring in “Bleat,” a Greek silent film with surreal and disturbing scenes of sex, death and resurrection, was a professional challenge and a relief. Playing a young widow in the 30-minute black-and-white film, Stone said she hosted Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for the limited-release project set on the Greek island of Tinos and featuring roaming goats in its rocky and thorny landscape. .

“What I love about Yorgos would take me a long time to answer,” Stone said Thursday after a media screening in Athens and the day before the premiere at the Greek National Opera.

“In short, I will say that it is very rare to meet someone with whom you get along so well, but on top of that artistically (provides) the ability as an actor to want to devote yourself to something and to not have to worry about every little movement you make.

After winning a Best Actress Oscar in 2017’s “La La Land,” Stone worked with Lanthimos in “The Favorite,” earning a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination two years later.

They remained friends, and Stone agreed to drop his fees and take part in “Bleat” – shot with traditional movie cameras and presented with a live orchestra and 36-member choir that follows the story with a discordant score. and funeral.

The film opens in a traditional whitewashed house during a wake. There are long portraits of Stone and grieving elderly people sitting in a room next to her late husband, played by French actor Damien Bonnard, covered in a white shroud.

After the guests leave, Stone has a moment of ecstasy with her body, bringing it back to life for several hours as she loses consciousness and appears to be dying.

As goats watch, the man quickly buries Stone and dances on his grave, before the tables are again and finally reversed, with Stone reappearing as he lays down and returns to his death.

‘Bleat’ was filmed in early 2020 in Tinos, famous for its whitewashed houses just before the pandemic triggered lockdowns in Greece and across Europe, and Stone described the experience as a welcome change. .

“What’s the point of continuing to give into this kind of stupid work – no offense – if you don’t continue to push and be challenged? she says. “I guess that’s also true of life.”

The film will be shown to the public for three days this week at the Athens National Opera, while Lanthimos and associates said it may later be made available for limited release in other countries.

“It was important that it was projected from a traditional 35mm print and incorporated live music, so it always stuck in my mind,” Lanthimos said. “It’s not just something that someone, you know, would watch on their laptop or on their phone.”

___ Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/4VrMvg-m_PE

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press