Special 30th : Exquisite Corpse

The Shepherds of Calamity

I Voski

Nikos Papatakis

1967
Greece
2h00
Fiction
B&W
Greek with french subtitles

A film chosen by Yorgos Lanthimos

Katina, an impoverished Greek woman, tries to arrange the marriage of her shepherd son, Thanos, to Despina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. But when Despina’s father, Vlahopoulos refuses to give his blessings.

The building obviously reminded me of Greece because of the columns in Doric style. The night, expressionistic, black and white photography brought to mind this intense, absurd, long sequence in Shepherds of Calamity. It takes place during the night. A religious ceremony in a Greek village which is violently disrupted.

(Yorgos Lanthimos)
Cast
Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Elli Xanthaki, Lambros Tsangas, Tzavalas Karousos
Screenplay
Nikos Papatakis
Photography
Jean Boffety, Christian Guilouet
Sound
Antonis Bairaktaris, Alex Pront
Music
Pierre Barbaud
Editing
Panos Papakyriakopoulos, Suzanne Cabon, Geneviève Vaury
Production
Lenox Films

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