Sto lyko

To the Wolf
Christina Koutsospyrou, Aran Hughes
Greece, France 2013

12.02. 19:30 Eng. subtitles CinemaxX 4
14.02. 11:00 Eng. subtitles CineStar 8
15.02. 21:30 Eng. subtitles Delphi Filmpalast
17.02. 22:30 Eng. subtitles Arsenal Cinema 1

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Against a black screen, the first words ring out like a prophecy: ”I saw a great epidemic. A chaos. I’d scream, people, it’s not going well, great poverty is coming!” Yet this is no prophecy any more for the shepherds in the mountains of western Greece. Hunched in their dingy, dilapidated homes, they discuss spending their last Euros on cigarettes or beer, catalogue their debts and look for new lenders, all the time bemoaning the hopelessness of their situation. The deep lines criss-crossing their weather-worn faces recall the rugged scenery outside, whose rocky valleys are bisected by electric pylons and wreathed in unremitting fog. Although animals are their livelihood, it is they that bear the brunt of their owner’s frustrations, a casual, everyday violence waiting to explode.
Expertly straddling documentary and fiction, STO LYKO incorporates images of a savage beauty, non-professional actors cast in the local area and a keen eye for quotidian details to create a piercing evocation of rural despair all the more striking for its double-headed nature: at once a chilling snapshot of provincial Greece in crisis and an allegorical drama of elemental, apocalyptic power. (James Lattimer)

Production: French Kiss Production, Béziers
Screenplay: Christina Koutsospyrou, Aran Hughes
Camera: Christina Koutsospyrou, Aran Hughes
Cast: Giorgos Katsaros, Ilias Katsaros, Spiridoula Katsarou, Adam Paxnis
Format: DCP, colour
Running time: 74 min
Language: Greek

Photo: © Christina Koutsospyrou, Aran Hughes