GREEK WRITERS SUGGEST 8 EUROPEAN MOVIES (9)

Ο κινηματογράφος είχε κι εξακολουθεί να έχει ουσιαστική σχέση με τις άλλες τέχνες, ιδιαίτερα με τη λογοτεχνία. Συχνά μάλιστα, αρκετοί συγγραφείς (από τον Φόκνερ και τη Μαργκερίτ Ντιράς, μέχρι τον Πέτρο Μάρκαρη και τον Θανάση Βαλτινό) έγραψαν απευθείας σενάρια για ταινίες. Γι’ αυτό ζητήσαμε από 8 Έλληνες συγγραφείς να επιλέξουν από μια ευρωπαϊκή ταινία που αγάπησαν. Ταινίες που ίσως φωτίσουν, το δικό τους έργο, τις δικές τους επιδράσεις, και τις εκλεκτικές συγγένειες της λογοτεχνίας και της ποίησης με την κινηματογραφική τέχνη.

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Στο παρόν αφιέρωμα, νέοι, αλλά και καταξιωμένοι προτείνουν και προλογίζουν τις αγαπημένες τους ευρωπαϊκές ταινίες: Η Στέργια Κάββαλου το “Η μαμά και η πουτάνα” του Jean Eustache, ο Βασίλης Καλαμαράς το “Κόκκινος ψαλμός” του Miklós Jancsó., ο Θοδωρής Ρακόπουλος το “Ο καθρέφτης” του Andrei Tarkovsky, ο Βαγγέλης Ραπτόπουλος το “Συγχαρητήρια στους αισιόδοξους” της Κωνσταντίνας Βούλγαρη, η Βάσια Τζανακάρη το “H διπλή ζωή της Βερόνικα”του Krzysztof Kieslowski., ο Θωμάς Τσαλαπάτης το “Η Αλίκη στις πόλεις” του Wim Wenders, η Μαρία Φακίνου το “Οι αρμονίες του Βερκμάιστερ” του Bela Tarr και ο Νίκος Χρυσός το “Ολα είναι δρόμος” του Παντελή Βούλγαρη.

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All Cats are Brilliant. Ελλάδα/Greece, 2013,  εγχ./col. Σκην./Dir.: Κωνσταντίνα Βούλγαρη /Constantina Voulgaris. Σεν./Scr.: Κωνσταντίνα Βούλγαρη /Constantina Voulgaris. Φωτ./Cin.: Βασίλης Κλωτσοτήρας / Vassilis Klotsotiras. Μοντ./Ed.: Kenan Akkawi. Μουσ./Mus.: Νίκος Βελιώτης/Nikos Veliotis. Ηθ./Cast: Μρία Γεωργιάδου/Maria Georgiadou, Δημήτρης Ξανθόπουλος/Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Θέμις Μπαζάκα/Themis Bazaka, Δημήτρης Πιατάς/Dimitris Piatas. Παρ./Prod.: Ελένη Αφεντάκη / Eleni Afentaki. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 88΄.

Electra divides her time and responsibilities between Petros, the young son of bourgeois parents whom she is employed to babysit, her own conservative parents, dwindling ambitions of an artistic career and the pervasive political activism to which more and more of her friends are committing.

 

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Vaggelis Raptopoulos recommends this movie:

raptopoulos“What I liked the most in Constantina Voulgaris’ Congratulations to the Optimists, is the film’s straightforwardness and effortlessness, which keeps a low profile, despite the fact that its theme is socially vociferous. Maria Georgiadou illuminates as the lead actress and Nikos Veliotis composes the movie’s beautiful soundtrack. Finally, the realistic documentation of anarchists’ everyday life in Exarchia, gives the movie the value of a rare documentary. Perhaps, the main character’s personality is not fully formed. Another disadvantage is the idealization of the anarchical society. Personally, the crisis drives me to embrace the local pieces of work. I also hope that this drive will be generalized, because, if we fail to care for our collectivistic selves, we won’t be able to overcome the crisis and it will worsen even more.

 

Még kér a Nép. Ουγγαρία/Hungary, 1972, εγχ./col . Σκην./Dir.: Miklós Jancsó. Σεν./Scr.: Gyula Hernádi. Φωτ./Cin.: János Kende. Μοντ./Ed.: Zoltan Farkas. Μουσ./Mus.: Tamas Cseh. Ηθ./Cast: József Madaras, Tibor Orbán, Tibor Molnár, Jácint Juhász. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 87΄.

Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence. The movie consists of only 27 shots.

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Vasilis K. Kalamaras recommends this movie:

kalamaras“A chronicle of lower class riots in southeastern Hungary, where the social demands are acquiring religious characteristics as well , through the revolutionary rituals, the dances and the songs form a ‘red hymn’. "

Ελλάδα/Greece, 1998, εγχ./col. Σκην./Dir.: Pantelis Voulgaris. Σεν./Scr.: Pantelis Voulgaris, Giorgos Skabardonis. Φωτ./Cin.: Giorgos Frantzos. Μοντ./Ed.: Dinos Katsouridis.Μουσ./Mus.: Stamatis Spanoudakis.  Ηθ./Cast: Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Armenis, Dimitris Katalifos, Kostas Kazanas. Παρ./Prod.: Alco Films, Greek Film Center, ERT. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 118΄.

Three stories having the region of Evros as the common denominator. An archaeologist travels there to look for the friends and colleagues of his son who committed suicide a year ago while in military service. Α group of ornithologists goes to the Evros Delta in order to observe the last survivor of a rare species of goose. A middle-aged businessman is drowning his sorrow at a local bouzoukia club, as his wife has just run away with his two young children.

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Nikos Chrisos recommends this movie:

xrisos“Voulgaris manages to reconstruct in the movie the delicate irony and vernacular paradox I often come across in Georgios Skabardonis’ novels, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. And while the three dramatic postcards that constitute the film are played out in recognizable sites of Northern Greece, they nevertheless manage to illustrate the loss, despair, loneliness and ultimately life, which is wasted on the streets all around the world”

Werckmeister harmóniák. Ουγγαρία/Hungary, 2000, μ/α./b&w. Σκην./Dir.: Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky. Σεν./Scr.: Bela Tarr, Lazlo Krazsnahorkai. Φωτ./Cin.: Gabor Medvigy. Μοντ./Ed.: Agnes Hranitzky. Μουσ./Mus.: Mihaly Vig.  Ηθ./Cast: Lars Rudolf, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, Janos Derzi. Παρ./Prod.: Miklos Szita, Franz Goess. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 145΄.

In a shabby bar in a small Hungarian town, János arranges three drunks as the sun, the earth and the moon to reproduce a solar eclipse. The villagers are fearful of the arrival of a circus traveling with ‘the world’s largest giant whale’ and an appearance of The Prince.

 

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Maria Fakinou recommends this movie:

fakinou"The Hungarian director sets a cinematic universe with imagery of exquisite aesthetic qualities. Long black and white takes, that resemble paintings, original characters, a respect for pauses and silence, a harmonious integration of the bizarre and the strange in a raw and realistic world. Bela Tarr’s film is both poetic and violent in a subtle, quiet way. In a similar way in which great works of art are imprinted within us.

Γαλλία/France, Πολωνία/Poland, 1991, εγχ./col. Σκην./Dir.: Krzysztof Kieslowski. Σεν./Scr.: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz. Φωτ./Cin.: Slawomir Idziak. Μοντ./Ed.: Jacques Witta. Μουσ./Mus.: Zbigniew Preisner. Ηθ./Cast: Irene Jacob, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik, Aleksander Bardini. Παρ./Prod.: Leonardo De La Fuente. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 98΄.

Veronika lives in Poland. Véronique lives in Paris. They don’t know each other. Veronika gets a place in a music school, works hard, but collapses and dies on her first performance. At this point, Véronique’s life takes a turn and she decides not to be a singer...

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Vasia Janakari recommends this movie:

tzanakariWeronika lives in Poland, Véronique in France. They have never met but their lives are connected metaphysically. The film deals with the search for identity through another person, the fear that real life escapes us, the unfamiliar feelings. The extremely interesting plot, the use of allusive narrative symbols through everyday objects-like glass that protects us but also keeps us away from the outside world-and the evocative music of Preisner, compose a little fragile masterpiece. "

Zerkalo. Ρωσία/Russia, 1975, μ/α./b&w, εγχ./col. Σκην./Dir.: Andrei Tarkovsky. Σεν./Scr.:Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksandr Misharin. Φωτ./Cin.: Georgi Rerberg. Μοντ./Ed.: Lyudmila Feiginova. Μουσ./Mus.: Eduard Artemiev. Ηθ./Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Olev Yankovskie, Filipp Yankosky, Ignat Daniltsev. Παρ./Prod.: Erik Waisberg. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 108΄.

A man in his forties is going to die and remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments but things that also tell the story of all the Russian nation... The director mixes flashbacks, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate his reminiscences.

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Thodoris Rakopoulos recommends this movie:

rakopoulos“The Tarkovskian vision is continued after the last scene of Nostalgia. Here it reaches its climax or rather: its emersion- within the ego. The hidden parts of the memory are reflected in the mirror. The film of multiple subjectivities that are our life, for our words are children of many people, as the late Georgios Seferis stated. The movie/person: Homeland, mother, sister, lover.

Alice in den Städten.Γερμανία/Germany, 1974, μ/α./b&w. Σκην./Dir.: Wim Wenders. Σεν./Scr.: Wim Wnders. Φωτ./Cin.: Robby Müller. Μουσ./Mus.: Can. Ηθ./Cast: Rudiger Vogler, Yella Rottlander, Lisa Kreuzer, Kristin Edda Kochl. Παρ./Prod.: Joachim Von Mengershausen. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 110'.

A German photojournalist in search of the real America. While in New York, he reluctantly accepts responsibility for Alice, a nine-year-old German girl abandoned by her mother. Together they return to Europe in search of the girl’s grandmother. Issues of loneliness, alienation, exile, borders and cinema itself, are all present to this early Wenders masterpiece.

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Thomas Tsalapatis recommends this movie:

tsalapatis‘“‘I have lost the ability to hear and see.’ And behind a black and white screen, Wim Wenders narrates chance’s journey  in an aging continent, in a Germany  younger than its culpabilities; people’s bonds with the simplicity of a gesture and how a person is able to reinvent himself from scratch through innocence. The narration of a tough tenderness, which in the long run, substantiates your existence.”

La mama et la putain. Γαλλία/France, 1973, μ/α./b&w. Σκην./Dir.: Jean Eustache. Σεν./Scr.:Jean Eustache. Φωτ./Cin.: Pierre Lhomme. Μοντ./Ed.: Jean Eustache, Denise de Casiabanca. Ηθ./Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Βernadette Lafont, Francoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten. Παρ./Prod.: Vincent Malle. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 217΄.

Alexandre spends his days drinking, reading in cafés, and hitting on women in the street. His bourgeois, live-in girlfriend tolerates his laziness and womanizing until he begins to pursue a fatalistic, hard-drinking nurse.

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Stergia Kavvalou recommends this movie:

kavalou “Alexander always acts in contrast to the sayings and beliefs of his time. The conventionality or the paradox of the dialogues are not of great importance, as the movie’s originality is; even if that means immersing your hand in formalin and showcasing it for money. The movie is a post-revolutionary à la parisienne delirium of the 70’s, about the secret life that resides in our minds, with Jean-Pierre Léaud whom Eaustache handpicked as the movie’s lead actor.