To the Wolf (Sto lyko)
Greece. Dirs. Aran Hughes, Christina Koutsospyrou. 2013, 74 mins. U.S. premiere. DCP from Pascale Ramonda. Poverty and rain seem to be the constants in the grim lives of two goatherding families struggling to survive in the wilderness of the Greek mountains during a period of national crisis. Conceived as a study of a past way of life, this bleakly beautiful film is a hybrid of documentary and fiction that shows the effects of economic turmoil in a remote village. “Greece is finished. It’s dead!” says one of the villagers. The film’s physical austerity mirrors the nation’s economic austerity, and it builds towards a startling finale. The film premiered at Berlinale.
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