The Hunters

Οι κυνηγοί

On New Year’s Eve, 1977, a party of hunters – out in an area close by the Lake of Ioannina – find the body of a Greek Civil War partisan in the snow. They end up carrying the dead man’s body back to their hotel and, there, find themselves held to account by the courthouse of history. If anyone was qualified to talk about the ghosts of history, politics, and ideology, of revolution and of dreams betrayed, it was Theo Angelopoulos. In The Hunters, one of the most iconic works in his oeuvre, he sets all these ghosts up against one another, and in doing so makes clear that the figure best placed to give an account of their clashes – due to its very nature – is yet another ghost: that of cinema. Perhaps because at the heart of history, politics, and ideology, of revolution and of dreams primarily lie images – images that haunt, enchant, overpower, inspire, and spur on. And with such stuff, the world of cinema is made.
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Direction: Theo Angelopoulos
Script: Theo Angelopoulos, in collaboration with Stratis Karras
Cinematography: Yorgos Arvanitis
Editing: Yorgos Triantafillou
Sound: Thanassis Arvanitis
Music: Lukianos Kilaidonis
Actors: Vangelis Kazan, Betty Valassi, Yorgos Danis, Mary Chronopoulou, Ilias Stamatiou, Aliki Georgouli, Nikos Kouros, Eva Kotamanidou, Stratos Pachis, Christophoros Nezer, Dimitris Kamberidis
Production: Theo Angelopoulos Productions
Producers: Theo Angelopoulos
Costumes: Yorgos Ziakas
Executive producer: Nikos Angelopoulos
Sets: Mikes Karapiperis
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 1977
Duration: 149'
Contact: Phoebe Angelopoulos-Economopoulos
Awards/Distinctions: Golden Hugo – Chicago IFF 1977, Turkish Film Critics' Society Prize 1977

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