Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

2012 / Switzerland, France, Greece / 87min

Between 1947 and 1951, more than 80 000 Greek men, women and children were deported to the isle of Makronissos (Greece) in reeducation camps created to ‘fight the spread of Communism’. Among those exiles were a number of writers and poets, including Yannis Ritsos and Tassos Livaditis. Despite the deprivation and torture, they managed to write poems which describe the struggle for survival in this world of internment. These texts, some of them buried in the camps, were later found. «Like Lions of stone at the gateway of night» blends these poetic writings with the reeducation propaganda speeches constantly piped through the camps’ loudspeakers. Long tracking shots take us on a trance-like journey through the camp ruins, interrupted along the way by segments from photographic archives. A cinematic essay, which revives the memory of forgotten ruins and a battle lost.

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Details

  • Original title
    Comme des lions de pierre à l'entrée de la nuit
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Olivier Zuchuat, Eleni Gioti
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • Editing
    Olivier Zuchuat
  • Music
  • Sound
    Aris Athanassopoulos
  • Duration
    87 min
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Switzerland
    • France
    • Greece
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    GRE, FRE
  • Subtitles
    ENG, GER, FRE, GRE
  • Production
    Prince Films SA
    Coin-Dessus 3
    2863 Undervelier
    Switzerland
    tel: +41 32 423 17 78
    e-mail: info@princefilm.ch
  • Distribution
    A.M.I.P.
    52 rue Charlot
    75003 Paris
    France
    e-mail: amip@amip-multimedia.fr
    Periplus
    176, Aristotelous St.
    11251 Athens
    Greece
    tel: (0030) 210 8670478
    e-mail: periplus@ath.forthnet.gr
    Prince Films SA
    Coin-Dessus 3
    2863 Undervelier
    Switzerland
    tel: +41 32 423 17 78
    e-mail: info@princefilm.ch

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