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The Weeping Meadow

A large crowd of people traveling by foot.
November 13, 2022 - 7:00 pm

The Weeping Meadow

To Livadi pou Dakryzei, Greece, 2004

A family history told in wide shot, The Weeping Meadow spans the turbulent decades between 1919 and the end of the Greek Civil War in 1949 as they buffet the lives of Eleni (Alexandra Aidini) and her adoptive brother and lover Alexis (Nikos Poursanidis). Taken in by Alexis’ family, Eleni and Alexis fall in love and flee his oppressive father with the help of itinerant musicians touring the country as it descends into war and chaos. Intended as the first installment in a trilogy of Greek history and with its clear echoes of The Traveling Players (1975), The Weeping Meadow feels like a summing up by a director who thought of his films as chapters in one continuous story.

35mm, color, 163 min. Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Screenwriters: Theo Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris, Giorgio Silvagni. With: Alexandra Aidini, Nikos Poursanidis, Giorgos Armenis.