Tag Archives: Greek

Tungsten (2011) Giorgos Georgopoulos, Prometheus Aleifer, Omiros Poulakis, Vangelis Mourikis, Drama

Tungsten (2011)
Tungsten deals with the idea of electricity as a metaphor, the scenery is urban, and the plot is unfolded during a single day. One day in Athens, continuous outages, and a final blackout, caused by the strike of technicians at the electricity company. A day during which, six people’s lives are being crossed and diverted. The heroes wander around the city, and as the day passes by and the darkness prevails, the scenery becomes more and more threatening. The heroes will experience intense discomfort while crossing each others path. When this strain is absorbed they are turned into victims, when the strain is channeled they are turned into perpetrators.
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Blackmail Boy / Oxygono (2003) Thanasis Papathanasiou, Michalis Reppas, Nena Menti, Maria Kavoyianni, Akilas Karazisis, Drama

Blackmail Boy (2003)
In the small, closed community of a provincial town, Magda tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. The families apparently normal, bourgeois, every-day life will crack open, bringing to the surface hatred and passions of the kind that lie well-hidden in the mists of the nearby lake. An intense plot and a totally unexpected ending make up this film, which features characters who are vulnerable, innocent and ordinary, but who become ruthless and callous, worrying only about protecting their financial resources. The offences are disproportionately serious compared to the financial benefits they try to secure.
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Euridice BA 2O37 (1975) Nikos Nikolaidis, Vera Tschechowa, John Moore, Niki Triantafillidi, Art-house, Drama

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Euridice is living in purgatory awaiting her chance to return to the real world. Or is she just a mad woman hiding from her past increasingly going crazy due to her solitude. Visual treat from Greeks greatest export Nikos Nikolaidis, here making his feature debut. Euridice BA 2O37 is lovingly shot in stark B&W, the plots deliberately ambiguous but serves its purpose. Your never really sure whats real or just inside Euridices head. Vera Tschechowa is amazing in the lead, the roles very similar to Catherine Deneuves part in Polanskis Repulsion only with much more misery, female masturbation and doll castrating.
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I Fotografia / La Photo / The Photograph (1986) Nikos Papatakis, Christos Tsagas, Aris Retsos, Zozo Zarpa, Drama

I Fotografia AKA La Photo (1986)
Ilias Apostolou, a young furrier who has had a hard time under the dictatorship, leaves Castoria in 1971 to emigrate to France, where he hopes to join a distant relative of his, Gerassimos Tzivas, who has been living there since 1950. With him, he takes nothing from his homeland but a photograph of a person that he finds on the pavement. He asks Gerassimos to help him in finding work in Paris. A misunderstanding around the photograph, however, sets off a series of dramatic events.
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Taxidi (1962) Dinos Dimopoulos, Aliki Vougiouklaki, Nikos Kourkoulos, Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Drama

Taxidi (1962)
This film is a social comment of the times, exploring issues that centre around relationships and what was allowed and what was not allowed at the time (early 60s) in Greece. There are sub-plots also, mainly relating to the life of the poor city dwellers, social injustice and seeming double standards. Aliki Vougiouklaki is a poor young girl dreaming of a better life and the “handsome prince on a white stallion” who will deliver her from her miserable existence. She meets and falls in love with a young man (Nikos Kourkoulos) who also falls in love with her, but things are not as simple as they first seem. His past comes to haunt them and the conclusion is tragic for them both. Vassilis Diamantopoulos is excellent as the half-crazed old captain whose life strangely echoes that of young Aliki.
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