2015-10-21 / Features

A Man’s Journey Through Bardo


Director Dennis Latos (l.) and writer Petros Georgiadis (r.). Director Dennis Latos (l.) and writer Petros Georgiadis (r.). Johnny pulls over at the end of his shift as a New York City taxi driver. He’s just dropped off his last customer (who he cheated out of the correct change) and sits alone in his taxi. Suddenly it’s quiet, he’s alone and the reality of his miserable life starts to surface. It’s obvious in his face and the look in his eyes that he is depressed, on edge and seeking an escape. An escape he hopes to achieve by his dependency on drugs and alcohol. That night’s drug purchase doesn’t go as planned and he finds himself at the mercy of his dealer, Marco (Alexandros Rouvas), who subsequently forces him into collateral for unpaid debt.

Johnny’s (John Solo) inner demons as well as his father’s financial dependency on him overwhelming him, he’s back in his taxi and about to act on negative impulses. Suddenly he’s interrupted by a hard knock on the driver’s side window. Lily stands outside in the 30-degree weather insisting on a ride home. Barely rolling down his window and after some persuasion, Johnny reluctantly agrees to drive her, for a price.


Lelia Goldoni in a still from the John Cassavetes film, Shadows. Lelia Goldoni in a still from the John Cassavetes film, Shadows. Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos at a New York film eventScott Aharoni & Dennis Latos at a New York film eventWhat follows is an unexpected ride from Astoria into Manhattan that will test both Johnny’s patience and morals. As the ride goes on surface layers will reveal something deeper between Johnny and Lily. Police sirens will go off; tempers will flare – all resulting in a very interesting evening in Bardo.

Bardo was written by Petros Georgiadis (Running Out, Sever) and directed by long-time creative partners Dennis Latos and Scott Aharoni. The film stars Lelia Goldoni who made her motion picture debut in 1959 in the BAFTA-nominated film Shadows directed by Oscar nominee, Director John Cassavetes.


John Solo, who stars as Johnny in Bardo. John Solo, who stars as Johnny in Bardo. The film also stars John Solo (Newlyweds, Love Magical), as well as up-and-coming actor Alexandros Rouvas in the supporting role.

Bardo is currently in production and is set to be released into film festivals in 2016.

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