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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Last Note

To Teleftaio Simeioma

2017, Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece, 117 min.
Andreas Konstantinou, André Hennicke, Melia Kreiling

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 22nd 8:15pm
  • Tue, Mar 26th 8:15pm

Director Voulgaris (LITTLE ENGLAND, BRIDES) makes a stunning return to form with this powerfully evocative drama based on the May 1944 execution of 200 Greek partisans by a Nazi occupying force in retaliation for the Resistance killing of a Nazi governor and his three bodyguards. Scripted by Ioanna Karystiani, Voulgaris’s wife and longtime collaborator, the film alternates a meticulous recreation of historical circumstances with flashbacks to the earlier lives of a handful of the imprisoned, foregrounding Napoleon Sukatzidis (Kontantinou), whose language skills earn him the unwanted role of interpreter for the mercurial Nazi commander (Hennicke). The film’s apex is not the brilliant time-shifting portrayal of the execution day, but the prisoners’ triumphant, raucous, and intensely moving celebration in the barracks the night before they will die. In Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Tanweer Alliances SA. (BS)

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