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Journey to the Capital

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Ταξίδι στην πρωτεύουσα/Journey to the Capital

Fiction, Greece, 1980, Digital Beta (35mm)

With  Stavros Mermingis, Costas Kazakos, Despina Bebedeli, Katerina Karousou

Going against the standardized, commercial cinematic approach of his time, Papayannidis presents the descent of a young country boy into modern-day Hades – the city of Athens. Through his involvement with outcasts and delinquents, and his acquaintance with despair and death, he will come of age at lightning speed, and will be led to a very major turning point in his life. By encompassing current events of the time and combining older with upcoming actors, the director, together with the author Pavlos Matessis, describes a nightmarishly inhuman Athens, from which, however, there is always a way out for those who go through its purgatory.


Takis Papayannidis

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1947. He made his first feature film, The Age of the Sea in 1978. This was followed by Journey to the Capital (1982) and Hometown (1987). He returned in 2002 with Secret November.

Όλες οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. To 7o Φεστιβάλ Πρωτοποριακού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας διοργανώνεται από τη Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος με τη συγχρηματοδότηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης & εντάσσεται στο ΠΕΠ ΑΤΤΙΚΗ του ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013.