Archive of films The Four Seasons of the Law / I earini synaxis ton agrofylakon

1999, 178 min

Section: Horizons - Awarded Films
Year: 2001


This film by Greek director Dimos Avdeliodis presents an original and entertaining combination of rural legend, political parable and seasonal comedy (a new genre created especially for this occasion). The story takes us to the island of Chios in the 1960s where the filmmaker was born. At that time the law was established by the rural police who, on the one hand represent the local bosses, on the other are a thorn in the side of the poor villagers who have to keep them sweet in order that their crops are safe-guarded. The village of Tholopotamo also has its own policeman, but when he is found dead in the fields, they have trouble getting an immediate replacement. Despite the fact that candidates for the job are hard to find, since the village is beset by strange goings-on, every season a new man in blue turns up at the local tavern. None of them is able to tame the Tholopotamo inhabitants until the fourth one arrives and shows himself to be a man who understands the world of living tales and myths.

About the director

Dimos Avdeliodis (b. 1952, island of Chios, Greece) first studied literature in Athens and then attended the Yorgos Theodossiadis Drama School. His films include Unfair Competition (1982, short), The Tree We Hurt (1987), The Victory of Samothraki (1990) and The Four Seasons of the Law (1999).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Horizons - Awarded Films
Director: Dimos Avdeliodis
Screenplay: Dimos Avdeliodis
Dir. of Photography: Odysseus Pavlopoulos, Alekos Yannaros, Linos Meytanis, Sotiris Perreas
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Editor: Costas Iordanidis
Producer: Giorgios Pavlidakis
Production: Greek Film Centre, Greek Television ET-1
Cast: Angeliki Malanti, Angelos Pantelaras, Takis Agoris, Yannis Tsoubariotis, Stelios Makrias, Panayotis Louros, Ilias Petropouleas

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