Stone Years / Petrina Hronia
Greece, 1985, DCP, Colour, 135’ 
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled

12 June Sunday - 13:00

The true story of a couple’s love and commitment told against the background of turbulent Greek politics from the end of the civil war to the fall of the military dictatorship. Thessaly, 1954: Eleni and Babis meet and fall in love. She is 18 years old and he is 22. Soon afterwards Babis is arrested for illegal activity and sentenced to a long prison term. Eleni, who is also wanted, ends up in Athens where she lives as a fugitive. At the end of ‘66 Babis is released and it is then that they consummate their love for the first time. Eleni, becomes pregnant. But a moment of carelessness results in her being discovered. She is tried, convicted and sent to Averoff prison. There she will give birth to their child and she will raise it with the help or the other female political prisoners, who find themselves incarcerated in Averoff prison after the colonels’ coup or 1967. Babis, who has gone underground after the coup, is arrested and confined in the men’s wing of Averoff prison. There he is able to see his child for the first time through the prison bars, from a distance. After repeated attempts they manage to obtain permission to marry and the wedding takes place in prison. It is not until 1974, after the fall of the junta, that they are finally able to live together when their son is 7 years old.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Screenplay: Pantelis Voulgaris
Director of Photography: Giorgos Arvanitis
Editing: Andreas Andreadakis
Music: Stamatis Spanoudakis
Cast: Themis Bazaka
Dimitris Katalifos
Martha Martika
Eirini Inglesi
Nikos Birbilis
Producer: Pantelis Voulgaris
Production: Greek Film Center
Greek State TV


Venice FF Special Mention - Best Actress, OCIC
Award 1985
Thessaloniki FF FF Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress,
Greek Film Critics Association Awards
Best Film 1985
Valencia FF Best Actress, Best Music 1986


He was born in Athens in 1940 and studied at the Stavrakos Film School. He worked initially as an assistant director and made his first short in 1965. Since then his films have won international acclaim and numerous awards establishing his reputation as one of the foremost Greek film directors of his generation. Pantelis Voulgaris has also directed several documentaries forthe Greek television and the hour-long documentary on the poet Yiannis Ritsos for the German television. He has also directed for the stage. In 1995 Pantelis Voulgaris was honored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York with a mid-career retrospective.