After years of working in Germany as an immigrant, a man returns to his village of Tymfea, in Epirus: a handful of stone houses in a desolate, rugged part of Greece, depopulated by many years of immigration and home to the few remaining inhabitants. A few days later, his wife, with the help of her lover, kills him, buries him in the garden, and tells everyone that he has gone back to Germany. The man’s sudden departure makes the villagers suspicious and soon the police arrive. That is the crux of the story that will develop through different investigations: the one conducted by the bureaucracy (the examining magistrate) which wants to find a perpetrator and close the case; and the one conducted by a group of journalists, which by recording the testimonials of the villagers, highlights the sociological framework that generated these events, as well as the dramatic social reality of the village which remains an open wound.

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Direction: Theo Angelopoulos
Script: Theo Angelopoulos, Stratis Karras, Thanasis Valtinos
Cinematography: Yorgos Arvanitis
Editing: Takis Davlopoulos
Sound: Thanassis Arvanitis
Music: Tassos Chalkias
Actors: Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Gammenos, Petros Hoedas, Mihalis Fotopoulos, Yannis Balaskas
Producers: Yorgos Samiotis
Sets: Mikes Karapiperis
Format: DCP
Color: B/W
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 1970
Duration: 110΄
Awards/Distinctions: 1970: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film, Best Actress Awards, Critics' Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival. 1971: Georges Sadoul Award as «Best Film of the Year Shown in France). 1971: Best Foreign Film Award, Hyeres Film Festival

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Theo Angelopoulos

He was born in Athens in 1935. In 1968, he presented his first short film, The Broadcast, at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Two years later, his first feature film, Reconstruction, he won First Prize at Thessaloniki, as well as several other prizes at international festivals around the world, signaling the dawn of Modern Greek cinema. His films were screened at various film festivals and garnered numerous nominations and awards, culminating in the Golden Palm at Cannes, in 1998, for Eternity and a Day. He died on January 24th, 2012, following an accident during the shooting of his film The Other Sea.


1970 Reconstruction
1972 Days of ’36
1975 The Travelling Players
1977 The Hunters
1980 Megalexandros (Alexander the Great)
1984 Voyage to Cythera
1988 Landscape in the Mist
1991 The Suspended Step of the Stork
1995 Ulysses’ Gaze
1998 Eternity and a Day
2008 The Dust of Time