Spectres are haunting Europe

Director: Niki Giannari, Maria Kourkouta
Original title: Fantasmata planiountai pano apo tin Evropi
Country: Greece, France
Year of release: 2016
Runtime: 99 minutes
Colour: Colour and B&W
Language: English, Greek, Arabic
Subtitles: English
Projection format: 16 mm, HD

Producer: Carine Chichkowsky, Maria Kourkouta
Writer: Niki Giannari, Maria Kourkouta
Camera: Maria Kourkouta
Editing: Maria Kourkouta
Sound: André Fèvre
Music: Lena Platonos

The Idomeni refugee camp housed people from the Middle East who were trying to cross the border into Europe. When the Greek police closed the camp, the refugees resisted and blocked a railway line used to deliver goods. Maria Kourkouta’s minimalist documentary not only observes these events but also presents carefully modeled static images that open up the space within and without the frame of view, and in the closing black-and-white sequence offers a poetic commentary. The result is a bleak portrait of a place where endless lines of refugees try to preserve the final remnants of their individual freedoms.

“This film is a call to welcome the refugees that cross the European borders, as well as the ghosts that return with them.”

Spectres are haunting Europe

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