Pause

Directed by Tonia Mishiali
2018
Cyprus, Greece
96 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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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.

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.

In Conversation: Europe! Voices of Women in Film features Tonia Mishiali

Stirs moments of pitch-black humor and short and violent reveries into an otherwise austerely told tale of spousal strife that wants to smash the patriarchy with feats of cinematic derring-do.
Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

Special Guest

Tonia Mishiali
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Tonia Mishiali is a director, screenwriter and producer from Cyprus. Her films have been screened at A-list film festivals internationally and won multiple awards including the FIPRESCI prize. Pause is her debut feature.

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Sat 8 June
5pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Sun 9 June
12:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
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Europe! Voices of Women in Film, Festival Guests
Original Title
Pafsi
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Cyprus, Greece
Language
In Greek with English subtitles
Director
Tonia Mishiali
Producer
Tonia Mishiali, Andros Achilleos, Stelana Kliris
Cast
Stela Fyrogeni, Andreas Vassiliou, Popi Avraam
Screenwriter
Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou
Cinematographer
Yorgos Rahmatoulin
Editor
Emilios Avraam
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Comedy, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: Film Republic
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