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A lyrical documentary about the Athens Flea Market. ... Read more
Escaping the blistering heat of Athens in mid August, rich and poor alike head for cooler, less claustrophobic holiday destinations. From one apartment block, a snapshot of modern Athens emerges - two young couples and a family - representing the nouveau riche, middle class and working class. As ... Read more
"Ott is one of the most fascinating young American filmmakers." – Smells Like Screen Spirit ... Anna and Cory are close friends stuck in small-town California. Cory fronts a punk band and dreams of being cast on a reality TV show to prove he can be a success. Anna is living in the US ... Read more
Angelopoulos' first feature, shot in just 27 days in the tiny village of Thalia with a crew of five and a budget of just over US$10,000. Though lacking the pictorial elegance of his sub­sequent work, many of his later themes are already evident in this account of the murder of a Greek worker by ... Read more
Rosa of the film's title, is Rosa Lux¬emburg, whose spirit is still alive in the old boarding house in Trieste, where she used to meet one of her companions from the "Spartakusbund." ... he inhabitants of the boarding house (the film is set in the Seventies) live in a dreamworld of a revolution ... Read more
One of many similar rooms in a big city is a home to a woman and a cat. They live in isolation, prisoners of the environment and the prevailing urban culture. Their release is found in their imagination and a cinematic magic carpet. (RP) ... Read more
"Screamin' Jay Hawkins is just like Snoop Dogg. You ask him how many men he's killed!" One of the many fascinating disclosures in the first ever documentary about the underground R&B legend. Known the world over for his signature tune, I Put a Spell on You, Hawkins survived WWII, the Mafia, racism ... Read more
This is the story of a divorce, and of the events that led up to it. In her small house, a young woman is spending her last hours with her little boy, before his father claims him for custody. Both she and her ex-husband, on his way to Athens, are haunted by their past life together. In flashbacks ... Read more
Pantelis Voulgaris' epic is set during the "stone years" of recent Greek history (I954-1974) when membership of the Communist Party was illegal, and repressive governments punished members with imprisonment. ... Eleni and Babis fall in love in Thessaly in 1954, Their courtship — hesitant and ... Read more
For many years prior to the Second World War, the Balkans was a hotbed of intrigue, revolution and counter-revolution. The sudden deaths of eminent statesmen were commonplace and dictatorships succeeded governments with bewildering rapidity. In the centre of all this intrigue, and sometimes ... Read more
The political themes that have dominated the films of Theo Angelopoulos thus far are shunted aside in The Bee Keeper, a haunting, demanding impressive picture about the last days in the life of a broken, disappointed man. Almost entirely absent, too, are the intricate, lengthy shot: composed by the ... Read more
In a very small village somewhere upon the earth lived a very old man, who knew everything — an infuriating notion for the young boys of the village. They had a meeting to try and find something that the otd man would not know. The youngest boy said, "Let us go and catch a small bird. I will ... Read more
The new film by Angelopoulos is not so much a sequel to The Travelling Players, as a similar formal dramatization of the years 1949 to 1976 in Greece. ... On New Year's Eve, 1976, a hunting party in Northern Greece finds a body in the snow It is perfectly preserved, although the young man was a ... Read more
The history of man and his creations, and the stresses from which he suffers. ... First prize, short films - Thessaloniki, 1973. ... Read more
Many crimes have been committed, but none like this... ... Read more
Running for four hours, The Travelling Players traces the history of Greece from 1936 to 1952. The film begins and ends during an election campaign in 1952. A small group of strolling players traverses the countryside, performing their play, 'Golfo the Shepherdess'. Everywhere they go, they set up ... Read more
A response, both to the 1995 centenary of cin­ema, and to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Angelopoulos' most recent film (which earned him the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes) describes the journey of A. (Keitel), a Greek-born filmmaker, working in the United States, who returns to his ... Read more
After more than three decades' exile in the Soviet Union, a declaration of political amnesty means that Spyros, an elderly Commu­nist rebel, can at last return to his homeland. Yet in doing so. he finds himself as much an out­sider as ever, deeply at odds with the post-junta culture ... Read more
"Energetic and exciting... a fascinating portrait of 'wasted youth' of all ages." - Screen International ... In a modern Athens ravaged by the exploding financial crisis, teenager Haris is just happy that his school is closed. He spends his time skateboarding around the capital in search of girls ... Read more
"One of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East." – Indiewire ... Jordan, 1967. Eleven-year-old Tarek and his mother have been displaced from their native Palestine by the Six-Day War. With difficulties adjusting to life in the refugee camp and a ... Read more
The appeal of this film, first screened to an English-speaking audience at the 1954 Edinburgh Festival, lies not in its technical qualities but in the capacity of its director to present through conventional figures in a simply contrived tale something of the basic warmth of human relationships in ... Read more
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