About the film
Runtime: 86 mins
Director: Alkinos TsilimidosAward-winning Australian writer/director Alkinos Tsilimidos’ black comedy, The Taverna, follows one utterly calamitous evening within the confines of a Greek restaurant in Melbourne. The taverna’s owner, Kostas (Vangelis Mourikis), gets more than he bargained for when popular belly dancer Jamila (Rachel Kamath) refuses to work and is replaced with his waitress, Sally (Emily O'Brien-Brown). Matters are complicated further by a kidnapping and Kostas’ son, Angelo (Christian Charisiou), being involved in a car accident.
Throw a sleazy customer who doesn’t know his limits into the mix – along with Jamila’s ex-husband, Arman (Peter Paltos); his new girlfriend, Rebecca (Tottie Goldsmith); and the well-meaning chef, Omer (Senol Mat) – and Kostas’ nightmare becomes a darkly comic ride into the wild side of life, love, food and cultural difference.