Thursday, 27 February 2014

The man who shot Ion Dragoumis

Excellent documentary above made in 1986 on the assassination in 1920 of Ion Dragoumis, one of the most important theorists and exponents of modern Hellenism. It includes an interview with one of Dragoumis’ assassins and tries to piece together who gave the order to have Dragoumis killed, in retaliation for the attempted assassination of Eleftherios Venizelos in Paris.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Το Μικρό Ψάρι, not just a film about Greece

Above is the press conference held at the Berlin Film Festival at which Yiannis Economides’ film Το Μικρό Ψάρι (The Little Fish, known in English as Stratos) is currently competing. One senses listening to Economides that he’s somewhat frustrated with people assuming his portrayal of Greece is necessarily linked to the economic malaise afflicting the country. In fact, Economides has been depicting a withering society and the decrepit individuals that constitute it since 2002, with the release of his first film Σπιρτόκουτο (Matchbox). Indeed, in the press conference Economides goes one step further and says that Το Μικρό Ψάρι is not just a view of the decay of modern Greece but of Western civilisation in general. Economides also makes some interesting references regarding the influence of Japanese cinema and Jean Pierre-Melville’s French crime films on Το Μικρό Ψάρι.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Το Μικρό Ψάρι

Yiannis Economides is the best of the current crop of Greek filmmakers. His fourth feature Το Μικρό Ψάρι (The Little Fish) is a Mediterranean gangster noir and is showing at the Berlin Film Festival tomorrow. Above is a trailer for the film and also an interview with Popi Tsapanidou – who has a small role in the film – in which Economides talks about Το Μικρό Ψάρι, what characterises his films, the state of Greece and so on.