OPENING FILM: RECONSTRUCTION
Αναπαράσταση / Anaparastasi
Theo Angelopoulos, 1970
Greece, 1970, DCP, B&W, 98’
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled
7 June Tuesday - 15:00
A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to his native country, is coming back from the fields, a shovel on his shoulder. He pushes open the garden gate and calls his wife: Eleni! She does not answer; the reason: she is hidden behind the kitchen’s door with Christos, a gamekeeper, the lover that she took during her husband’s absence. Just as Costas crosses the threshold he is attacked and strangled. Despite their precautions, a relative of the victim suspects them and alerts the police. The criminals confess their crime. The reconstruction is that of the examining magistrate, whose inquiries are interspersed with sequences of the crime – although the actual murder is never shown – and with a social documentary, which a TV unit (including the director himself) is making about the crime and the village. The film will be shown in a digital copy courtesy of Theo Angelopoulos’ family.
Director: Theo Angelopoulos
Screenplay: Theo Angelopoulos Stratis Karras Thanasis Valtinos
Director of Photography: Giorgos Arvaniti
Editing: Takis Davlopoulos
Cast: Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos, Petros Hoedas,
Producer: Giorgis Samiotis
Thessaloniki FF Best Art Film, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Greek Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film 1970 Berlin FF FIPRESCI Prize 1971
Theo Angelopoulos was born in Athens in 1935. He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, but after his military service went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the “Institut des hautes études cinématographiques” (IDHEC), but dropped out too after his first year of studies because of aesthetic disagreements with his teachers. Angelopoulos began making films after the 1967 coup that began the Greek military dic- tatorship known as the Regime of the Colonels. He made his first short film “Broadcast” in 1968 and in the 1970s he began making a series of political feature films about modern Greece that went on up until his death in 2012 while on shooting for his latest film “The Other Sea” which remained unfinished.