Sydney Film Festival

Tonia Mishiali – Pause #SydFilmFest

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A blackly comedic drama about an overworked and repressed Cypriot housewife who – once she hits menopause – dreams of violent rebellion against her sexist husband.

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PODCAST | Cristiana Palmieri interviews Tonia Mishiali, director and screenwriter of the film Pause.

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Tonia talks about mixing drama and humour with reality and dreams throughout the film, and how she strikes the right balance to keep all these ingredients in the precise proportion.

Pause: Cypriot director Tonia Mishiali’s striking debut feature centres on a working-class housewife going through menopause and suddenly fed up with the everyday oppression of domestic servitude. Stella Fyrogeni is marvellous as the subdued, tragically stifled Elpida, who chafes at the exhausting drudgery and emptiness of her life and actively fantasises about violence against her brutishly uncaring and frequently cruel husband. Spiked with black humour, the banality of this domestic drama escalates to a satisfying final twist.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Tonia Mishiali
  • Interviewee role
    director, screenwriter
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Europe! Voices of women in film
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