Such a Long Absence

Greece – 1985 – color

Direction: Stavros Tsiolis | Screenplay: Stavros Tsiolis | Cinematography: Giorgos Arvanitis | Editing: Kostas Iordanidis | Soundtrack: Stamatis Spanoudakis | Cast: Pemi Zouni, Dimitra Hatoupi, Minas Hatzisavas, Zaharias Rohas, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Betty Valasi | Production: Stavros Tsiolis, Giorgos Arvanitis, Ageliki Arvaniti | Runtime: 84’

With her catatonic older sister, Alexandra, smitten by an unjust fate and confined to a bed, Ageliki becomes her guardian angel. More and more, as the unresponsive woman gets trapped in a silent world, Alexandra's family, her aunts, and especially, her cruel mother, strongly believe that, under those circumstances, a public mental institution is now the only solution. But, when they finally succeed in locking Alexandra away in a psychiatric hospital, Ageliki summons up the courage to rebel and to take matters into her own hands. Can Ageliki alone defend their already fragile freedom?

*The film won 3 awards (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography) at Thessaloniki Film Festival in 1985

Stavros Tsiolis
The Young Runaway (1968)
Panic (1969)
The City Jungle (1970)
Abuse of Power (1971)
Such a Long Absence (1985)
About Vassilis (1986)
Invincible Lovers (1988)
Love under the Date-Tree (1990)
Please, Ladies, don’t cry… (1992)
The Lost Treasure of Hursit Pasha (1995)
Let the Women Wait (1998)
Here we Are! (2004)
Women who Passed my Way (2017)