Recrucified: A modern twist on a timeless classic

Updated: Jul 12, 2018

Theo Papadoulakis’ debute feature is underway!

Nikos Kazantzakis is a world-renowned author whose works have inspired people through time and across the globe. His novel Christ Recrucified has been translated in 36 languages for over 95 publications, and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Indigo View has secured the exclusive option to remake the novel into a modern film, directed by Theo Papadoulakis. It is a task equally exciting and daunting, a passion project both for the film’s director and Indigo View’s producer, Ioanna Davi. But, according to Niki Stavrou, Kazantzakis’ publisher and copyright owner, there is no one better suited to take this project on: “We leave ourselves into the hands of a very talented director to create this film based on Kazantakis’ work, more than ever current due to the refugee crisis. If only Kazantzakis himself were still around to tell us how and why, to see all that is happening today and wonder: Is Christ condemned to be crucified over and over again?”

The creator has been working on adapting the novel with collaborating writers during the past year and is currently in the process of writing the fourth draft, under the consultation of Mrs. Isabelle Fauvel of Initiative Film. The original story takes place in 1921 within a small Greek community under Ottoman rule. Recrucified is a modern film adaptation of Kazantzakis’ novel, taking place on an isolated Greek island in an undefined near-future. It is an allegory of society’s apathy towards the alarming political, environmental and humanitarian issues of our day. It is also a comment on hypocrisy and the devastating civil clashes that have troubled Greece throughout history, allowing foreign powers to intervene and exploit the country. The film is centered on the young protagonist, Manolis. Initially a loyal and obedient member of the community, he is confronted with a sequence of events that force a violent change within him and urge him to react.

A few example of inspiration for this film include Fellini’s 8 ½ and Inarritu’s The Birdman – for the fantastic realism they reflect upon their protagonists’ world and their interesting transitions from the real to the dreamlike. Also, The Young Pope TV series by Paolo Sorrentino – for his poignant take on Christian hypocrisy and the vivid faces of his actors that embellish The Vatican’s mystical atmosphere.

The project participated in the Mediterranean Film Institute’s Script 2 Film Workshops in 2017. It has already received development support by the Decentralized Administration of Crete and the Kazantzakis Museum and was presented at Cinemed Festival in Montepellier, Thessaloniki IFF Agora and When East Meets West co-production forum. Indigo View has applied for film funding by the Greek Film Centre, the Hellenic Public Broadcasting (ERT) and the EACEA via the Media Single Projects Development Scheme.

Academy Award Nominee Phedon Papamichael (Sideways, The Descendents, Nebraska) has agreed to come on board as Director of Photography, while Yannis Iakovidis of Black Orange Films, fresh from the recent success of The Last Note by Pantelis Voulgaris and In the Fade by Fatih Akin, will act as consultant and executive producer on the film.

Indigo View’s primary goals for the coming months are to present the project to potential Greek, European and international investors and co-producers, attach an international sales agent to contribute to the development and marketability of the script, as well as internationally acclaimed actors to boost distribution in foreign territories.

We aim high, but a timeless classic such as this deserves nothing less and we are honoured by the author’s copyright owner’s belief in our vision. In Kazantzakis’ own words “What never happens, is what we never desired enough”!