Greece, 1971, DCP, Colour, 86’
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled
10 June Friday - 19:00
A drama of passion where the main characters are a sergeant and a prostitute who get married after a brief passionate idyll. Very soon, however, the influence of their environment has a negative impact on their relationship, and the man tries to break away but without success. The harsh light, the rock, the bare landscape and the military exercise, on the one hand, sensuality and constrictions, on the other. Because of her occupation, Evdokia both attracts and repels the sergeant. The petit bourgeois environment, the lumpen elements, the social fringes and petty interests stifle the young couple, which appears to want to rebel, but doesn’t succeed. With everything moving between violent sensuality, cruelty, coarseness and total austerity, this “prosaic” story assumes the dimensions of an ancient tragedy. The inner struggle of the heroes, the conflict of desires and values, the straight-forward narration, vigorous pace, immediacy and sound construction constitute one of the most important works of Greek cinema.
The film is in French and will be screened in a restored digital copy (DCP), created in 2014 by KG Productions with the support of CNC, with English and Greek subtitles.
Director: Alexis Damianos
Screenplay: Alexis Damianos
Director of Photography: Christos Mangos
Editing: Matt McCarthy
Music: Manos Loizos
Cast: Maria Vassiliou
Producer: Artemis Kapasakali
Production: Katamor Productions
Thessaloniki FF Best Actress 1971
He was born in Athens. He studied at the Drama School of the National Theatre and in 1946, staged his first production “In Summer we’ll Harvest”. Later, with his own theatre company, he wrote and directed the plays: “Our Home”, “The Wild Beasts” and “The Open Cage” (1963). In 1966 he turned to cinema, creatively combining folk myths and style with the realistic expression of modern life. “Until the Ship Sails” (1966) and in particular, “Evdokia” (1971), a film which became a point of reference