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SPECTRES ARE HAUNTING EUROPE

by Maria Kourkouta, Niki Giannari

synopsis

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.

international title: Spectres Are Haunting Europe
original title: Fantasmata planiountai pano apo tin Europi
country: France, Greece
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Maria Kourkouta, Niki Giannari
film run: 99'
release date: FR 16/05/2018
screenplay: Maria Kourkouta, Niki Giannari
cinematography by: Maria Kourkouta
film editing: Maria Kourkouta
music: Lena Platonos
producer: Maria Kourkouta, Carine Chichkowsky
production: Survivance
distributor: Survivance