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Directed by: Theo Angelopoulos

Produced: 2004

Countries & Regions: Greece

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Certificate: PG

Length: 162 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 27 June 2005

Cat No: ART291DVD

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Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): Greek
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow

Cast: Alexandra Aidini , Nikos Poursanidis , Nikos Poursadinis , Giorgos Armenis , Vassilis Kolovos , Toula Stathopoulou , Thalia Argiriou , Grigoris Evangelatos

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First volume in Greek director Theo Angelopoulos’ trilogy about the Greek people in the 20th century. In 1919 a family of Greek refugees... Read More

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First volume in Greek director Theo Angelopoulos’ trilogy about the Greek people in the 20th century. In 1919 a family of Greek refugees flee Odessa in the wake of the anti-Jewish pogroms, eventually settling in a village near Thessalonika. Eleni (Alexandra Aidini), a young girl the same age as the family’s son Alexis (Nikos Poursadinis) has followed with them, and as the years pass they gradually fall in love. When the father Spyros’ (Vassilis Kolovos) wife dies however, he becomes obsessed with Eleni and forces her to marry him, an act that sends Eleni and Alexis fleeing into exile. As the community is split apart, Greece begins its long descent into war and occupation.

Over the last few decades, Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has established himself as maker of magisterial dramas portraying the history of his homeland throughout the 20th century. His latest, Trilogy: Weeping Meadow, is a visually sumptuous and dramatically intense tale of two lovers during the 1920s. Eleni and Alexis elope in the opening scenes, take on the lives of refugees, and attempt to establish a home in a country torn apart by the invading Red Army.

Taking this archetypical story rooted in history, Angelopoulos stages some of the most astonishing set pieces of his career - a glowing, luminescent theatre honeycombed with immigrant tents; the devastating floodwaters that slowly submerge an entire village; musical performances alternating between community celebration and political protest. The tragic narrative is relayed through episodes in the lives of its protagonists, gracefully tracing their exile through iconic tableaux. Yet within its ambitious visual scope, the film never loses sight of the private world of its characters, their losses and pains, hopes and discoveries.

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