Director Dennis Iliadis recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about his new party flick with a sci-fi twist “+1.”
In “+1,” which is now playing exclusively at the FilmBar, Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller and Suzanne Dengel play college friends who go to the biggest party of the year, where mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships - and their ability to stay alive.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Iliadis by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the director discusses his inspiration for “+1’s” story and what he hopes that viewers take away from the film.
“I came up with this story and it is a combination of a few ideas. The first thing is I have always been fascinated by the idea of what would happen if you could meet yourself. I took this idea and put it in a very compressed, crazy environment where you don't really have time to intellectually process it. I threw it into a crazy party where desires are high and emotions are raw.
“So when these things happen, you are actually in the same crazy space with yourself but yourself is claiming those exact same things that you want. So it very quickly becomes quite aggressive and competitive. It is also a movie about second chances. Many times in my love life I have messed up real bad and I was like, ‘Please give me those 20 minutes back so that I will not mess up again.’ This kind of gives the characters that second chance.
“I want [viewers] to ask themselves what would happen if they found themselves in the same space with themselves but realized that the duplicate or doppelgänger was claiming the same things that they want. In this movie, the characters embrace that in very different ways. I would like [viewers] to think, ‘What if this happened but I didn't have time to think about it?’ Would you become your enemy? Would you be able to find harmony with yourself? I also want them to have great time with this film because I think that this film flexes your brain but it is also a very fun experience.” - Dennis Iliadis