SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH – 9:30PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD – 7:30PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH – 7:30PM
aka PROINI PERIPOLOS
Dir. by Nikos Nikolaidis, 1987
Greece, 104 min.
In Greek with English subtitles
Emerging westward from a blighted landscape, a woman must pass through a decaying city patrolled by death squads as she yearns to reach the sea. Startlingly similar in tone and narrative drive to Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD—and far superior to that novel's film adaptation—MORNING PATROL shares affinities with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE WARRIORS and even Lamberto Bava's DEMONS in its foreboding, uneasy portrayal of navigation through desecrated urban space. Light on spoken dialog—its first exchange appears 45 minutes into the film—MORNING PATROL relies instead on a voice-over internal monolog free-associatively conflating the protagonist's personal recollections and desires with remembered bits of dialog from literature and cinema. The cumulative effect is a uniquely dreamlike, liminal quality infused with breathless fatalism. Yet despite his conceptual ambitiousness, Nikos Nikolaidis doesn't shortchange the audience as a populist filmmaker who knows how to deliver a thrilling set piece.
Relatively unknown in North America, where only 1992's macabre, fetishistic noir homage SINGAPORE SLING is available on DVD, Nikolaidis is one of Greek cinema's unsung national treasures and a five-time Thessaloniki Film Festival Best Director winner (including for MORNING PATROL). He passed away 2007 after the release of THE ZERO YEARS, which completes an informal SF trilogy of which MORNING PATROL is the central work. Nikos' son Simon, who provided the digital copy Spectacle screens, has recently restored all his works, which were the subject of a comprehensive 2011 retrospective hosted by the Greek Film Archive.
Presented by Screen Slate • Special Thanks to Simon Bloom & Katerina Minotou of Restless Wind, Liza Linardou of the Greek Film Centre and James Demetro of the New York City Greek Film Festival
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