Antonis Glaros’ short, ‘A Job Interview‘, takes place in Greece, during the hardship years of the economic crisis and the unemployment boost.

A Job Interview by Antonis Glaros

What is your film about?

It’s about a job interview that is taking place during the summer, in which the capital controls were imposed in Greece and the banks were shut down for more than two weeks.

What are the main topics raised by the story?

The hardship that Greece have subdued during the still ongoing economic crisis and the great rates of unemployment has lead to more than 300.000 Greeks out of the country in order to find a job abroad. This brain drain has effected massively the dynamics of the country as well as its social stature. My film is trying to portray this deadlock in a dramatic and surreally funny way.

What is your credo as a filmmaker?

Everyday reality, today, is so full of surrealism and paralogue. I believe that if one wishes to portray life in a realistic manner, he has to draw touches of paradox, weirdness and surrealism in his narrative.

Antonis Glaros

Who is the target audience of your film?

I believe younger audiences will feel the steem of the film; a young man is desperate to get a job at any cost. But I don’t specify a target concerning my audience for the film as such.

Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?

During the filming process we always used to brag between us “let’s get this film over and next stop is Cannes”. But Cannes has a dual meening in Greek; it’s a) guns and b) the city of Cannes. For those who watch the film, the first is evident, the second is evident now that we are here at the Cannes Film Festival.

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

It’s a great way to promote my film in the number one festival of the world. Parallel to that, I aimed to getting in contact with producers for a co-production over a project for a feature film I’m currently working on. There is actually absolutely no reason why one would not take such a decision. Cannes is the “holy land” for any filmmaker.