On we go, into the eastern Mediterranean and the fraught landscapes in Greece, whose cinema traditions remain steeped in mystery and neglect. Over-the-top intensity is a hallmark of these two remarkable discoveries.
4:30 PM A man convicted of a crime he didn’t commit is released, but returning to his hometown, he finds that his gang has circled the wagons on him—while his girlfriend is held hostage by a manipulative cabaret owner. Lola takes us deep into the Troumba, Athens’ red-light district, where gangs, casinos, and nightclub singers are embroiled in just what you’d expect them to be—but with an operatic twist and lighting schemes that give the great John Alton a run for his money in terms of audacity and extravagance. (1964, Greece, dir. Dinos Dimopoulos, 104m)
The Fear / O fovos
6:30 PM A wayward Greek youth accidentally kills a young girl he attempted to seduce; there are further consequences… The Fear is the third and final film from Kostas Manoussakis, a harrowing tale of provincial misanthropy and shattering tragedy that seizes up from the bestial side of man too often triggered by ignorance and deprivation. Locked away for more than fifty years, The Fear is not for the faint of heart. (Greece, 1966, dir. Kostas Manoussakis, 102m)