As part of the 63rd International Film Festival in Berlin the film Before Midnight by Richard Linklater – which was shot entirely in Greece – will be presented as the last piece in a trilogy, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004.) It stars American actor Ethan Hawke and actress Julie Delpy and takes place in Pylia and Mani and is a Greek-American production.
Those who have seen the film speak of a a very loving, honest and realistic film, following the style of the previous two. In the second film of the trilogy, viewers were traveling through the film in the streets and sights of Paris, while this time they will have the opportunity to travel and enjoy the unique landscape of Messenia.
As with the previous films, Linklater shares screenplay credit with Hawke, who plays Jesse, and Delpy, who plays Celine. The original Before Sunrise screenwriter, Kim Krizan, shares credit as well.
Nine years after the conclusion of Before Sunset, Jesse and Celine live in Paris as a couple, parents to twin girls conceived when they got together. Jesse is also struggling to maintain his relationship with his teenage son, Hank, who lives in Chicago with Jesse’s (now) ex-wife and who, after spending the summer with Jesse and Celine on a Greek island, is being dropped off at the airport to fly home. Jesse has continued to find success as a novelist, while Celine is at a career crossroads, considering a job in government.