THE SUSPENDED STEP OF THE STORK
Original Title: To Meteoro Vima Tou Pelargou

 
Director:Theo Angelopoulos
Script::TheoAngelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris,
In collaboration with : :Thanassis Valtinos
Cinematography::Giorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinanos
Art Director ::Mikes Karapiperis
Costumes ::Giorgos Patsas
Music : :Eleni Karaindrou
Cast: :Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gregory Karr, Ilias Logothetis , Dora Chrysikou, Vassilis Vouyouklakis, Dimitris Poulikakos.
Co-Production: :Greek Film Centre, Theo Angelopoulos Productions(Greece), Arena Films (France), Vega Films(Switzerland), Erre Produzioni (Italy).
 

Summary: A young reporter, while working on a story at the border, 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.The town, a remote little border town, looks like “the last spot on earth”. The locals have named it "waiting room" because most of its inhabited by refugees from other countries, who at some time crossed the border secretly and are now living there in a ghetto, dreaming of leaving, of starting a new life “elsewhere”. The person is an elderly refugee, who lives there cultivating a field. But the young reporter is certain, that he is the same person with a leading figure of famous Greek politician, who disappeared suddenly a few years before, with many questions still marking his disappearance. Finally, there is the image of himself standing on the bridge with one foot suspended in mid air, like a stork. A great river flows underneath, which separates his country from the others. He has one leg suspended in mid air, like a stork. "lf I take one more step I am... somewhere else, or... I die." A film about despair at the end of the century.

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. "Being a refugee is an internal condition more than an external one", says one of the characters in the film. And later on he also says, "We've passed the borders but we're still here. How many frontiers do we have to pass to get home?" Do politicians really care? Does anyone?

 Περίληψη: Ένας νεαρός δημοσιογράφος, στη διάρκεια της παραμονής του για επαγγελματικούς λόγους στην περιοχή των συνόρων, ανακαλύπτει μια πόλη κι ένα πρόσωπο. Η πόλη-φάντασμα, σχεδόν ξεχασμένη στην άκρη του κόσμου, ονομάζεται "αίθουσα αναμονής", αφού την πλειοψηφία των κατοίκων της την αποτελούν πρόσφυγες από διάφορα κράτη, περιμένοντας να φύγουν για μιαν καινούρια ζωή, αλλού. Όσο για τον αποτραβηγμένο, μοναχικό πρόσφυγα, ο ρεπόρτερ έχει λόγους να υποψιάζεται πως πρόκειται για έναν Έλληνα πολιτικό που, μερικά χρόνια πριν, εγκατέλειψε ξαφνικά τα πάντα αφήνοντας πίσω του αναπάντητα ερωτηματικά. Ως άθροισμα εντυπώσεων, αποριών, τελετουργιών (θαυμάσιες οι εικαστικές περιπλανήσεις στη σιωπή του τοπίου, τον τοπικό γάμο και την αναμονή του χρόνου) και διαλόγων, η στάση του περίεργου άγνωστου στη γραμμή των συνόρων. Στο ένα πόδι, σαν πελαργός. Ελάχιστα εκατοστά πιο πέρα, ο θάνατος.Ο σκηνοθέτης συνθέτει μιαν ακόμα ποιητική αλληγορία πάνω στις μεγάλες εκκρεμότητες της ταραγμένης εποχής μας. Προσωπικές καταστροφές και συλλογικά αδιέξοδα περνούν τις όχθες του ποταμού, συναντούν το τέλος της πολιτικής, την ανάγκη της ανωνυμίας και σφυρίζουν το σκοπό της απόγνωσης που φέρνει το τέλος του αιώνα.

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