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Theo Angelopoulos

The Suspended Step of the Stork (To meteoro vima tou pelargou)

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153' - 1991 - Drama - Dialogue: Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, French, English, Greek
Director: Theo Angelopoulos Composer: Eleni Karaindrou With: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gregory Patrick Karr
Theo Angelopoulos weaves yet another poetical allegory on the great open questions of our turbulent age.
While working on a story in the border area, a young journalist discovers a divided town bisected by a river which is also the national frontier. He observes a surreal wedding in which the bride and her family stand on one shore and the groom and his relatives on the other, lost under a cold sky: figure in a landscape who only delude themselves that they are masters of the earth and their destiny The town, a remote ghost town, almost forgotten at the end of the world, has been named "waiting room" by the locals because most of its inhabitants are refugees from different countries many of whom have crossed the border illegally at some time or other and are now waiting for their turn to leave and start life anew "somewhere else". In the course of his investigation he also comes upon an aging, reclusive refugee, who lives there cultivating a field. But the young journalist believes he is a famous Greek politician who disappeared years before, leaving behind him many unanswered questions. The man's identity is never resolved but the hapless refugees and divided village allow the reporter to understand his despair over the human condition.
Theo Angelopoulos weaves yet another poetical allegory on the great open questions of our turbulent age. The film is very contemporary in its treatment of borders, refugees and a changing world since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. (theoangelopoulos.gr)
“Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star in this poetic exploration of the issues of borders and refugees, which tells the story of a reporter’s investigation into the disappearance of a former politician.” - Artificial Eye

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Credits

Director

Theo Angelopoulos

Composer

Eleni Karaindrou

With

Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gregory Patrick Karr

Scenario

Theo Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris, Dimitris Nollas, Thanassis Valtinos

Director of Photography

Yorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinanos

Editor

Yannis Tsitsopoulos

Producer

Theo Angelopoulos, Bruno Pesery

More information

Dialogue

Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, French, English, Greek

Countries of production

Italy, Greece, Switzerland, France

Year

1991

Filmography

Theo Angelopoulos
Forminx Story (1965), Broadcast (short, 1968), Anaparastasi (1970), Days of '36 (1972), The Travelling Players (1975), The Hunters (1977), Alexander the Great (1980), Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983), Voyage to Cythera (1984), The Beekeeper (1986), Landscape in the Mist (1988), The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Ulysses' Gaze (1995), Eternity and a Day (1998), Trilogy I: The Weeping Meadow (2004), Trilogy II: The Dust of Time (2008), Mundo Invisível (segment, 2012)

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