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Black Field

Vardis Marinakis
GR, 2010
104min, OmeU

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Mavro livadi

Vardis Marinakis
GR, 2010
, 104min, OmeU

Cast: 
Sofia Georgovassili
Anthi
Hristos Passalis
Janitschar
Despina Bebedelli
Igoumeni
Maria Panouria
Pelagia
Despina Kourti
Areti
Screenplay: 
Vardis Marinakis
Sound: 
Panos Tzelekis
Camera: 
Marcus Waterloo
Editor: 
Giannis Halkiadakis
Composer: 
Dimitris Maramis
Decoration: 
Giorgos Georgiou
Costume: 
Giorgos Georgiou

Production: 
Highway Productions
Greek Film Center
Lamisalia
2/35
Nova
World Sales: 
Media Luna
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Greece in 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. BLACK FIELD’s premise is a fairly simple one. It is the story of a forbidden love that turns out to be rather unconventional as well. When the wounded janizary is harboured and nursed in a convent, he falls for a very special nun, with whom he elopes, only to uncover the film’s dramatic twist. The catch is, the film has to be set in the 17th century for its dramatic turn of events to be plausible. And what director Vardis Marinakis achieves with his low-budget effort stands as a steadfast reminder that period cinema need not bet the farm on dazzling costumes in order to work. (Joseph Proimakis)