The Roundup / To Bloko
Greece, 1965, DCP, B&W, 90’
Greek; Turkish & English Subtitled
8 JUNE Wednesday - 16:00
A summer night in 1944 in Kokkinia, Kosmas, a black marketeer, is out with his friends before he is arrested by the German patrol. The Germans push him to turn in people from the Resistance, or they will execute him. The next day, Kosmas wears a black hood and points at the combatants who have been forced to gather at the main square of the village. The film of the hyperrealist filmmaker and writer Adonis Kyrou, recreates the terrifying conditions of the blockade of Kokkinia, when, in the last period of the German occupation, the populous neighbourhoods of Athens resisted at any cost.
The film will be shown in a new digital copy (DCP) created for the purposes of the “Motherland, I See you” initiative.
Director: Adonis Kyrou
Screenplay: Adonis Kyrou
Director of Photography: Giorgos Panousopoulos
Editing: Panos Papakyriakopoulos
Music: Mikis Theodorakis
Cast: Kostas Kazakos
Producer: Dionisis Kourouniotis
Production: Grift Films
Thessaloniki FF Honorary Award 1965
Adonis A. Kyrou was a Greek filmmaker and writer, whose works often appeared under the name Ado Kyrou. He was the son of Achilleus A Kyrou and grandson of Adonis Kyrou, owners and publishers of the newspaper Estia. In December 1945, Kyrou moved to Paris, France, along with many other Greek intellectuals on the Mataroa voyage. There he worked as a critic, filmmaker, and author of L’ ge d’or de la carte postale (1966), Amour - érotisme et cinéma (1957) and Le Surréalisme au cinéma (1953), the last two published by Eric Losfeld’s publishing house Le Terrain Vague. He was also a contributor to the French film journal Positif.