Comme des lions de pierre à l'entrée de la nuit

Olivier Zuchuat
Switzerland, France, Greece, 87 min
World premiere

Between 1948 and 1951, 80,000 Greek citizens were interned on the small island of Makronissos. They included many writers, who wrote poems about their life/survival in this concentration camp environment. On the sound track, their poetry alternates with propaganda texts, while the ruins of the camp are explored in long travelling shots. An unusual and fascinating study.

Between 1948 and 1951, 80,000 Greek citizens – suspected of being part of the “Communist threat” – were interned on the small island of Makronissos. They included many writers who, despite their sufferings and torture, wrote poems about their life/survival in this concentration camp environment. These texts, in some cases buried in the camp grounds, have been recovered. Comme des lions de pierre à l’entrée de la nuit alternates these poetic writings with the propaganda and re-education material that was constantly broadcast over the camp’s loudspeakers. Long travelling shots explore the ruins and “clash” with the photographic archives. A cinematographic essay which seeks to ensure that a forgotten episode finds its place in the public imagination. A film which “lets images speak”, to use an expression dear to Jean-Daniel Pollet, another singer of forgotten suffering and of a Mediterranean made of stones which bear eloquent witness.

Carlo Chatrian

Translation BMP Translations

Duration
87 min
Year
2012
Country
Switzerland, France, Greece
Section
International Feature Film Competition
Premiere
World premiere
Languages
French, Greek
Subtitles
French, English
Production
Olivier ZuchuatPierre-Alain MeierThanos LambropoulosXavier Carniaux
Sales Contact
Daniela Elstner

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