THE IDLERS OF THE FERTILE VALLEY
The Idlers of the Fertile Valley / Oi Tembelides tis Eforis Koiladas
Yunanistan, 1978, DCP, S&B, 86’
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled
11 June Saturday - 15:00
A wealthy member of the upper class and his three sons withdraw to a country villa where they spend their days in complete idleness, having everything done for them by their young and beautiful maid. They give themselves over to the macabre pleasure of sleep, while idleness permeates the tiny world of these living dead, with the exception of the woman, who is the sole representative of positive values, will-power and action. The gradual yet steady decay borders on decomposition and total destruction, as even fundamental biological needs decline. Finally, the youngest son tries to break free, his temporary awakening ending in the arms of the maid, yet the possibility of some further attempt survives. In this allegorical satire the monumental immobility leads to corresponding formalistic choices. Distant echoes of Bunuel (“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and of Ferreri (“La Grande Boutte”) meet surrealistic disposition and social symbolism.
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: Nikos Panayotopoulos
Screenplay: Nikos Panayotopoulos
(based on the novel by
Director of Photography: Andreas Bellis
Editing: Giorgos Triandafyllou
Music: Gustav Mahler
Cast: Olga Karlatou
Production: Alix Film Üretim Ltd.
Locarno FF Golden Leopard 1978
Thessaloniki FF Best Editing, Best Set Decoration,
Greek Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film 1978
Chicago FF Honorary Award, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay 1978
Born on the island of Mytilene, Greece in 1941. He studied film in Athens and began his career as an assistant director on Greek and international productions. From 1960 to 1973 he lived in Paris where he attended the Film Institute of the Sorbonne and haunted the Cinematheque. From 1973 up until his death in 2016, he lived and worked in Athens.