In this unique film the director works with photographic material and the oeuvre of three of the finest artists of post-World War 1 Europe (Proust, Rilke and Saint-Saëns). As immobility is one of the basic elements of photographic art, the film-maker uses it to construct a dialectical reflection of the power excess, the fall and the death of 20th century dominant cultures. Proust’s words represents revival in art and Rilke’s lyrics are a straight-forward, angry voice against contemporary society’s decay while Saint-Saëns gives this experimental film a clear and soulful sound dimension. —PEK
Kostas Sfikas was born in Athens in 1927. He worked as an employee in the post office in his juvenile years. In 1961, he directs a short film and begins his adventure as a self-taught cinematographer. Seven years later, along with Stavros Tornes, he directs the short documentary, Theran Matins, bought later by MOMA in New York. Devoted to experimental cinema, Kostas Sfikas has filmed nine documentaries and fiction films and continues to create, being a constant alternative voice in Greek cinema. A complete retrospective of his work will be accompanied by a publication of a monograph. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Die, capitalism, die! The synopsis doesn't do justice to the truths this film possesses in its own field of meta-apocalypse, the one we're currently living. No wonder Sfikas isn't well-known since more and more have been publishing La Jetée x10 during the month instead of searching brilliant downfalls of civilization like this film is.