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The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991)
Το μετέωρο βήμα του πελαργού (original title)
To meteoro vima tou pelargou (title with latin characters)
Fiction, 126 min
Production country   Greece
Languages   Greek,English
Director   Theo Angelopoulos
Scriptwriter   Theo Angelopoulos
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While working on a story in the border area, a young reporter discovers a divided town bisected by a river which is also the national frontier. He observes a surreal wedding in which the bride and her family stand on one shore and the groom and his relatives on the other. The town, a remote ghost town, almost forgotten at the end of the world, has been named "waiting room" by the locals because most of its inhabitants are refugees from different countries many of whom have crossed the border illegally at some time or other, and are now waiting for their turn to leave and start life anew "somewhere else".
In the course of his investigation he also comes upon an aging, reclusive refugee, who lives there cultivating a field. But the young reporter believes he is a famous Greek politician who disappeared years before, leaving behind him many unanswered questions. The man's identity is never resolved but the hapless refugees and divided village allow the reporter to understand his despair over the human condition.
Theo Angelopoulos weaves yet another poetical allegory on the great open questions of our turbulent age. The film is very contemporary in its treatment of borders, refugees and a changing world since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   1.66:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
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Films of Theo Angelopoulos
The Broadcast
Days of 36
The Travelling Players
The Hunters
Alexander The Great
Voyage to Cythera
The Bee Keeper
Landscape in the Mist
The Suspended Step of the Stork
Ulysses` Gaze
Eternity and a Day
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
The Dust of Time
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