METEORA

by Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Germany/Greece, 2012, 81', colour

In the hot plains of central Greece, Orthodox monasteries are perched on top of sandstone pillars, removed from human frailty. The young monk Theodoros had devoted his life to the strict rituals and practices of ascetic monasticism, but now he has an exchange with a nun: using mirrors and sunlight they communicate across the abyss separating their monasteries. In the village down in the valley, the cycles of farm life – birth, milking, slaughter – provide a stark contrast to the solemn, candle-lit recesses of the monastery. The young monk and the nun, torn between spiritual devotion and human desire, are caught between these two worlds.

 

Reviews


"The Charterhouse of Parma meets Viridiana - except that even those sanctity-versus-profanity narratives do not have Meteora's beauty of scenery or bewitching interludes of Greek-icon-style animation"
Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

"Animated areas cleverly illustrate the characters' inner states in dreamlike images beholden to traditional iconography (...) What they convey - guilt, hesitant desire, inner struggle - pairs extremely well with the otherworldly aspects of the landscape and the unspoken, uncontrollable erotic forces at work"
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

"Sumptuous imagery (...) an extraordinary feat"
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

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Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Spiros Stathoulopoulos, 1977. Greek/Colombian director known for the single-continuous-take cult film PVC-1. Selected in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 60th Cannes Film Festival and winner among others of the FIPRESCI prize at the Thessaloniki IFF, PVC-1 features one woman’s race against time in her attempt to gain removal of an explosive terrorist device locked around her neck. Stathoulopoulos studied film in Bogota, Colombia, before graduating with honors from the California State University. METEORA is his second feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY

2007 PVC-1, Fiction, 85 min.

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Festivals

Berlin 2012 - Competition

Year: 
2012
Duration: 
81'

Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Spiros Stathoulopoulos, 1977. Greek/Colombian director known for the single-continuous-take cult film PVC-1. Selected in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 60th Cannes Film Festival and winner among others of the FIPRESCI prize at the Thessaloniki IFF, PVC-1 features one woman’s race against time in her attempt to gain removal of an explosive terrorist device locked around her neck. Stathoulopoulos studied film in Bogota, Colombia, before graduating with honors from the California State University. METEORA is his second feature film.

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Greece Greece
Reviews: 


"The Charterhouse of Parma meets Viridiana - except that even those sanctity-versus-profanity narratives do not have Meteora's beauty of scenery or bewitching interludes of Greek-icon-style animation"
Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

"Animated areas cleverly illustrate the characters' inner states in dreamlike images beholden to traditional iconography (...) What they convey - guilt, hesitant desire, inner struggle - pairs extremely well with the otherworldly aspects of the landscape and the unspoken, uncontrollable erotic forces at work"
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

"Sumptuous imagery (...) an extraordinary feat"
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

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In the hot plains of central Greece, Orthodox monasteries are perched on top of sandstone pillars, removed from human frailty. The young monk Theodoros had devoted his life to the strict rituals and practices of ascetic monasticism, but now he has an exchange with a nun: using mirrors and sunlight they communicate across the abyss separating their monasteries. In the village down in the valley, the cycles of farm life – birth, milking, slaughter – provide a stark contrast to the solemn, candle-lit recesses of the monastery. The young monk and the nun, torn between spiritual devotion and human desire, are caught between these two worlds.

 

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Festivals: 

Berlin 2012 - Competition

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