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Days of '36(Méres tou '36)

  • Dir: Theo Angelopoulos

  • Greece, 1972, Greek, 108mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Giorgos Kiritsis, Christoforos Chimaras, Takis Doukakos

The darkening political landscape of 1936 sets the stage for drawing parallels with the 1970s for the first film in Angelopoulos’ “Trilogy of History”. In a Brechtian drama based on a real-life incident, a police informer accused of assassinating a trade unionist holds a politician hostage in his cell, leading to an absurd government crisis. Reconstructed in an oblique and elliptical narrative, the parody under an imposed silence denies everyone a clear picture, yet the high-angle long shots and the languorous 360-degree tracks and pans cast a sardonic eye on the ineptitudes of the bureaucrats and politicians, exposing an underlying truth beyond ambiguity. 

Berlin International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize 

Thessaloniki Film Festival: Best Director and Best Cinematography

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