TWO TICKETS TO GREECE: Interview with the writer-director Marc Fitoussi
1) What inspired you to create this film? What is the main message of the story?
The desire to offer a truly tender and optimistic comedy in these gloomy times. The character of Magalie opts for lightness and I would like spectators to leave each screening with this same wish.
2) What attracted you to the Cyclades and inspired you to shoot the film?
Magnificent and still-authentic landscapes. I discovered these islands during a vacation and found that there was a real playground there that was both very cinematic and varied.
3) How long did it take for you to complete the shooting?
We actually went from island to island for 30 days. So for the whole team it was also a real road movie with its difficulties, its unexpected events... A sort of odyssey full of twists and turns.
4) What did you enjoy most while shooting in Greece? Did you single out something in particular?
Many of the film's crew were Greek. A great way to learn a little more about this country, and to go beyond the sometimes postcard aspect... The atmosphere in any case was studious but very joyful. The Greeks know how to party.
5) Are you planning on shooting any other film around Greece?
Already, I'm sure I want to go back there on vacation and why not imagine a sequel to this film... I would really like to film on the island of Milos which I find sumptuous.
6) Palace Films Australia is currently running a contest allowing Australians who see TWO TICKETS TO GREECE the opportunity to win a trip for two to Greece, including Santorini and Amorgos. What would you recommend the winners do or see when they are there?
The monastery that Blandine visits in Amorgos is unmissable. It's truly a magical place. Also in Amorgos, there is this taverna in the town of Chora called Transtoraki which serves delicious food. Finally in Santorini, beyond the sublime Caldera, you have to take a trip to Red Beach...
Two Tickets To Greece releases in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on 26 Dec 2023.