Half a century after its release, Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial (to say the least) film is to this day banned in several countries. This year, Athens gets its own version of Pasolini’s postmodern masterpiece. Prominent and innovative director Aris Biniaris takes on the task. Set in a nightmarish world of fascism and sadomasochism, the daring film is based on Marquis de Sade’s unfinished novel Les 120 Journées de Sodome (The 120 Days of Sodom). This new production by the GNO Alternative Stage promises a wild ride through the darkest corners of the human psyche, arranged to an evocative soundscape and stage set that echo the horrifying resilience of totalitarianism. The play explores the twisted minds of three powerful men and their sadistic rituals of control over a group of youths in the dreadful Republic of Salò. The story unfolds in three harrowing circles as two female Storytellers weave tales from Marquis de Sade's unfinished novel. Prepare to be fascinated and disturbed in equal measure.
In addition to the production, there will also be a series of concerts under the title Salò: The Concert featuring Greek rap artists; a creative immersion into the themes of Pasolini’s filmography, fused with present-day culture-shaping music. These are also directed by Biniaris.