In the tradition that began last year with “The Other Eighties” segment, the Greek program of the 8th Athens Avant-garde Film Festival presents the “Metapolitefsi Blues” and, through them, the despondency of the period of the regime-change. With the fall of the dictatorship and the reinstatement of democracy, basic human rights were temporarily restored, while the political choices made during that period appeared to support an optimistic outlook. Cinema shook off censorship and was no longer forced to resort to allegory, promoting instead a cinematic style which was political and militant. Besides the founders of New Greek Cinema (An- gelopoulos, Voulgaris), there were film directors who distinguished themselves, whose oeuvre was either forgotten (Dimitris Dimogerontakis); or marked the beginning of an important career (Vassilis Vafeas, Christoforos Christofis, Dimitris Markis); or confirmed the existence of a great talent (Lambros Liaropoulos).
Survival anxiety, an ever-changing social identity and a wandering in human existence – all these were common topics to be filmed and came to represent a new dimension of the post-junta world. In these films, their directors precisely recorded or elaborated, with the help of fiction, their concerns and questions regarding the end of an era and the dawn of a new one – different, but not cloudless, at least as it’s portrayed in Arpa Colla and Lefteris Dimakopoulos.
*The Metapolítefsi, translated as “polity” or “regime change”, was a period in Greek history that includes the transitional period after the fall of the dictatorship in 1974 to the legislative elections of the same year and the democratic period immediately following those elections.