As the news cycle draws our attention to Greece, we take this opportunity to rediscover this country’s little-known cinema.
It is impossible to talk about Greek cinema without invoking Theo Angelopoulos, a flagship figure of the silver screen in Greece. With an outstanding but often hermetic filmography, it is hard to recommend only one of his features: we advise you to watch them all!
In 2009, Yórgos Lánthimos astonished us with Dogtooth (which received a prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes), the completely quirky, almost absurd story of an isolated family whose children, raised in an unconventional manner by their parents, shut out everything from the outside world.
More recently, we were deeply moved by the story of two brothers seeking out a father who abandoned them in Xenia from Pános H. Koútras (who also directed the Attack of the Giant Moussaka, mentioned here by Léontine). This movie provides an opportunity to explore Greece in its current crisis and the often difficult relationship the country has with immigration.
Staying on the crisis theme, we also encourage you to give Indignados from Tony Gatlif a try. This documentary also contains elements of fiction, about the Indignados movement that swept across Europe. Another movies that touches on similar topics is Social Genocide from Fernando Ezequiel Solanas, a documentary on the Argentinean crisis.
Translated by Leon