Greece

George Kordellas – I Roza tis Smyrnis AKA Roza of Smyrna (2016)

The enigmatic old woman Rosa from Izmir and the powerful Ismael live for decades with the weight of a well-kept secret. An avid collector of Greek objects in Asia Minor, Dimitris, prepares an exhibition in a renowned museum in Athens on Culture of Nationalities who cohabited in Izmir before the genocide. In a trip to Izmir with the curator of the museum and his girlfriend Rita, he accidentally finds in a small antique shop a Greek wedding dress that is stained with blood. An old photograph, a wedding dress soiled with blood and a letter, become the reason to retract their story from the past. Read More »

Erricos Andreou – To agistri AKA The Hook (1976)

Kostas is an all-powerful tycoon, in love with his beautiful wife, Iro, who, however, is cheating on him with a young playboy, Nikos. The two lovers are planning to kill Kostas, and believe that the opportunity arises during a yachting regatta, where the crime can appear as an accident. Nikos, however, falls into the sea, and his body is never found. The police investigating the cause of the accident don’t believe the claims of Nikos’ fiancée that her fiancé was murdered. As it turns out, Kostas was aware of his wife and Nikos’ plans, and the disappearance of the latter was his idea for revenge. Nevertheless, the conflict of the married couple will be fatal for everyone. Read More »

Evi Kalogiropoulou – Ston throno tou Xerxi AKA On Xerxes’ Throne (2022)

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A ban on physical contact in a dystopian workplace has turned interaction into otherworldly simulations. The suppression of touch transformed the boatyard into charged landscape of alienation and sensuality beyond heteronormative desires. Read More »

Antouanetta Angelidi – Kleftis i I pragmatikotita AKA Thief of Reality (2001)

Synopsis
«Reality steals your dreams, and you steal it in order to dream. Reality steals your life, and you steal it in order to live.» A darkly optimistic film. Three versions of a single day. Three characters trapped in parallel universes. The invasion of the Thief will unite them. Each point of view produces a different story. The Sculptress has visions of Judgment Day, the Scientist holds fast to a fragmented memory, the Actor sees «Antigone» invading all space. Three philosophical viewpoints: Fate – Chance – Free Will. What do they have in common? The Thief progresses towards an answer. It is the human condition that unites us, imprisons us and frees us. The brotherhood of mortality. Whatever I spent, I had. Whatever I saved, I lost. Whatever I gave, I have. Read More »

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Taxidi sta Kythira AKA Voyage to Cythera (1984)

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Spyros (Manos Katrakis), a political refugee, returns to his homeland in his old age after many years in exile. His return is thorny, as even his wife (Ntora Volanaki) is like a stranger to him. Spyros no longer belongs to his society or his land; he is a man without nationality whose heart beats in the past, an Ulysseus who returns to a home that no longer exists. Read More »

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Oi Kynigoi AKA The Hunters [171 min version] (1977)

Synopsis wrote:
[…]The Hunters (1977), a thematic epilogue to the historical trilogy that centers on a group of middle-aged hunters who discover the perfectly preserved, 30 year-old frozen remains of a partisan (bearing an uncoincidental resemblance to the Byzantine image of Jesus Christ) and, compelled to deliberate on its ‘proper’ disposition, spend a haunted, restless evening confronting their past. Set in post-junta era Greece, the film is a contemporary allegory on the nation’s deliberate suppre
Acquarello. “Theodoros Angelopoulos.” Senses of Cinema, July 25, 2003. http://sensesofcinema.com/2003/great-directors/angelopoulos/. Read More »

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Ekpombi AKA Broadcast (1968)

Synopsis:
Angelopoulos’ first (completed) film won the Hellenic Association of Film Critics prize in 1968 for best short fiction film. It is a witty dismantling of media celebrity that uncannily prefigures the era of reality television. Read More »