Hatets vugge

Håvard Bustnes
Norway, Denmark, Finland | 2017 | 92 min
Swiss Premiere
Languages : English, Greek, Norwegian
Subtitles : English, French

In 2012, 20 candidates from the Golden Dawn ultranationalist party were elected to the Greek parliament: they are all behind bars today. Their trial, according to commentators the most important since that of the Colonels in 1974, began in September 2017. The leaders are accused of running a “criminal organisation” rather than a political party. It is suspected, among other things, of having murdered the rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013. Keen to understand what happened in the “blue paradise” where he used to spend his holidays as a child, Håvard Bustnes filmed the wives, mothers and daughters of the three main leaders of Golden Dawn, just before the 2015 elections. A complicated undertaking, in so much that conversations in front of the camera are often “reframed”  by the protagonists, whereas the filmmaker’s voiceover compares what the Golden Dawn Girls say in the private/public space of the film with televisual archive materials. In taking a portrait of these “Penelopes” who are awaiting the return of their men, Bustnes brings to light the pyramidal and military operation of one of the most dangerous Neo-Nazi parties in Europe.

Emmanuel Chicon 


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