Archive of films The Cistern / I akrovates tou kipou

2001, 110 min

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Year: 2002

A story full of political overlaps, accurate human observations and semi-mystical qualities. This impressive feature-length debut is set in 1974 and, at first glance, only concerns the last summer a group of boys will spend together. The unnamed backdrop of the whole film, however, is the period of the Greek military dictatorship (1967-74).


One of the most-anticipated Greek debuts of last year, Hristos Dimas´ "The Cistern" takes potentially kidpic material and spins a tale loaded with political resonance, warm human observation and semi-mystical moments. Setting is helmer´s birthplace Elefsis (an outer suburb of Athens) in 1974 and on the surface the movie is a last-summer-of-childhood exercise, with a group of 11-year-old boys fooling around, challenging each other to diving dares in a concrete water cistern, and playing soccer and other such pastimes. Meanwhile, the adults cope with greater problems like the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Unstated background to the whole movie is the period of military rule in Greece (1967-74), a time when the country went into a kind of weird social stasis. Pic largely focuses on a family of three sisters, and on the two sons of the middle sister, Koula (Yota Festa). Jonathan Holland

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Director: Hristos Dimas
Screenplay: Hristos Dimas, podle vlastního románu/ based on his novel Acrobats of the Garden (I akrovates tou kipou)
Dir. of Photography: Filippos Koutsaftis
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Editor: Sharon Franklin
Producer: Kostas Varkados
Production: Bad Movies
Cast: Yota Festa, Themis Bazaka, Yorgos Marinos, Mihalis Evripiotis, Hristos Nomikos, Vana Rambota, Athina Pappa, Ersi Malikenzou, Pattis Koutsaftis

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