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The Idlers of the Fertile Valley

ΟΙ ΤΕΜΠΕΛΗΔΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΦΟΡΗΣ ΚΟΙΛΑΔΑΣ

1 hour 58 minutes – 1978 – Drama, Comedy

A member of the upper class and his three sons and a maid move into a country villa where they begin to succumb to idleness, free from the need to work. Immobility becomes contagious and spreads in their world to the point that they look like the living dead. They come out of lethargy only for food and sex.

One son tries to leave with the maid, but before he can he is overcome by lethargy and falls asleep. In this world of mentally old, lazy males, only the female servant represents a positive energy of movement.

The film won the Golden Leopard at the 1978 Locarno International Film Festival.

Cast

Olga Karlatos
George Dialegmenos
Dimitris Poulikakos
Nikitas Tsakiroglou
Vassilis Diamantopoulos
Costas Sfikas

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Nikos Panayotopoulos
SCREENPLAY: Thanos Alexandris,
(based on a story by Albert Cossery)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andreas Bellis
EDITING: Yorgos Triandafyllou
SETS: Dionysis Fotopoulos
COSTUMES: Dionysis Fotopoulos
SOUND: Andreas Achladis, Nikos Achladis, Thanassis Arvanitis, Christos Gartaganis,
Stavros Partheniadis, Costas Varympopiotis

Reviews

Only the youngest of the three sons of a wealthy patriarch seems to resent the laziness that prevails in their luxurious home. But is his love for the maid enough to bring about such a rift?

The lazy movements of the camera and the perfectly synchronized performances of the wonderful cast set the pace of a uniquely well-tuned film that is as hypnotic as it is exciting. The reason? You always have the feeling that a dark humor constantly undermines the seriousness of the situations, but you’re not so sure. Which is to say, welcome to the cinema of Nikos Panagiotopoulos – but also to one of the most representative moments of the New Greek Cinema.

Akis Kapranos – Film Critic

LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Leopard for Best Film
THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL

Best Film
Best Supporting Actress (Zoi Nalbanti)
Best Editing (Yorgos Triandafyllou)
Best Set Decoration (Dionysis Fotopoulos)

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