It is 1961 and an Albanian student (Nik Xhelilaj) of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, together with a group of Czech students, is shooting his graduate movie on a motorcycle factory, in the small market-town of ?eský Šternberk, in then Czechoslovakia. Coming from a country that is completely isolated from the rest of Europe, he is fascinated by the lifestyle, society and “erotic exuberance” of the Czech golden youth, yet feeling strong links with his family in his homeland. He falls in love with a married woman (Anna Geislerová), the wife of a police superintendent (Paolo Buglioni) and is insecure about his future.
Tag Archives: Greece
Oi Klironomoi / The Heirs (1964) Giannis Dalianidis, Dinos Iliopoulos, Costas Hajihristos, Martha Karagianni, Comedy
Three distant cousins, barber Panagiotis; unemployed Sotiris, who wants to open a club; and dancer Mary, are the heirs of a house of haute couture. Mr. Errikos, the manager of the house, is the fourth heir. Each of the deceased’s nephews and the manager inherit 24% of the business, whereas the niece gets 28%. Dividing such an inheritance in four parts makes things rather difficult, especially when the beneficiaries have no knowledge of the profession. While the other three try to engineer each other’s ruin, vivacious Mary pretends to be a model, steals Errikos’ heart and thus gains control of the fashion house. In the meantime, Sotiris and Panagiotis fall in love with two girls who work there, Kaiti and Fofi, and so everything falls into place.
Arhangelos tou pathous / Potlatch (1987) Nikos Vergitsis, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Isabel Otero, Patrick Bauchau, Drama, Erotic
A young Greek composer is trying to escape the era’s disease, apathy. After his wife falls into an irreversible coma, he travels to Paris where he wants to meet Aphrodite, a girl who impressed him with her photos in the papers years ago. He hopes that she will tell him the word he expects before midnight on his coming birthday, therefore grant him an extension of his life.
Pote tin Kyriaki / Never on Sunday (1960) Jules Dassin, Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Illia is Piraeus’s most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer’s classical ideal or Illia’s?
Bure baruta / Cabaret Balkan (1998) Goran Paskaljevic, Mira Banjac, Ivan Bekjarev, Aleksandar Bercek, Drama
The film takes place in Belgrade in the mid nineties of the twentieth century, when the brutality and violence are becoming part of everyday reality. A series of separate stories each linked inheritance situations. The painful atmosphere of increasing brutality from which you can not see the output as the main motiv is repeated in the question of accountability: “Who is guilty?”
Adikos kosmos / Unfair World (2011) Filippos Tsitos, Makis Papadimitriou, Minas Hatzisavvas, Christos Stergioglou, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Sotiris is a police interrogator in Athens. He has an obsession: he needs to be fair. He judges the suspects after his personal moral and against the law. With the intention to save another innocent soul, he accidentally kills a man. Dora is the only witness to the crime. She is a poor cleaning woman who leads a breathless life. The struggle to survive has made her unfair. The righteous Sotiris and the unrighteous Dora like each other. But love, honesty and justice aren’t easy to combine.
Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence.
France, 1936-37. The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace the aging Général Dobrinsky soon. Fiodor’s Greek wife, Arsinoé, paints and stays away from politics, befriending Communist neighbors. Her health declines; the attentive Fiodor arranges care and, against the backdrop of Stalin’s Great Purge, considers his options. He plays a chess game in which love of country, love of Arsinoé, ideology, petty jealousies, and the machinations of power roil in matters of life and death.