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LANDSCAPE IN THE MIST

Greece, 1988 (MIFF 1997, Mediterranean Masterpieces - The Films of Theo Angelopoulos)

Director: Theo Angelopoulos

Two children, a girl and boy, wander the high­ways of northern Greece, searching for the father who has abandoned them, trying to reach a Greco-Germanic border that doesn't even exist. The viewer soon discovers that there is no such father, that their journey is, as the director has pointed out, merely a narrative conceit, as symbolic as the dreamlike, slightly surreal land­scape through which they move: "It is the initia­tion into life. On the road they learn everything - love and death, lies and truth. The voyage is sim­ply a way to focus on what life gives us all.'

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