STÁSIS is based on a three-year anthropological research Mantas Kvedaravičius did in Athens, Odessa and Istanbul. The Kurdish, Sudanese, Ukrainian, Greek people from these locations – squats, secret cafes, underground mosques, brothels, abandoned factories – and their stories were turned into the narrative of this film. The main characters – Garip, Sofia, Mehdi and Anna – as well as an overarching criminal and love story guide us through complex contemporary life in each city. Documentary situations are composed as to bring us away from the sense of real (and right back to dramatic), inviting us to take a step aside.
Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania) is a filmmaker and an academic who holds the long-standing interests in absence, materiality and body in their performative and political manifestations. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and currently is an Associate Professor at Vilnius University. His documentaries — Barzakh (2011) and Mariupolis (2016) have premiered and been awarded in Berlinale, Busan, Hong-Kong, Nyon Visions du Réel film festivals.