Sweet Bunch

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Sweet Bunch
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Theatrical release poster
Γλυκιά Συμμορία
Directed byNikos Nikolaidis
Produced byNikos Nikolaidis
Written byNikos Nikolaidis
StarringDespina Tomazani
Dora Maskalvanou
Takis Moschos
Takis Spiridakis
Alkis Panagiotidis
Lenia Polycrati
Konstantinos Tzoumas
Dinos Makris
Andreas Tsafos
Haris Romas
Takis Loukatos
Alkmini Stavrou
Marianna Koutalou
Katerina Sigountou
Fay Tsanetopoulou
Natasa Kapsabeli
Isavella Mavraki
Natasha Assiki
Fotini Kotrotsi
Hristos Zygomalas
Panayotis Kaldis
Manos Tsilimidis
Giorgos Polyhroniadis
Panos Thanassoulis
Nikos Katomeris
Elias Kostandakopoulos
Nikos Stavropoulos
Giannis Kouriotis
Spiros Bibilas
Kostas Baladimas
Music byGiorgos Hatzinasios
The Fontane Sisters
McGuire Sisters
Eddie Cochran
Giuseppe Verdi
Adolphe Adam
Johann Sebastian Bach
CinematographyAris Stavrou
Edited byAndreas Andreadakis
Production
company
Vergeti Brothers
Greek Film Center
Distributed byGreek Film Center
Restless Wind
Release date
19 October 1983 (Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema)
Running time
146 Minutes
CountryGreece
LanguageGreek

Sweet Bunch (Greek: Γλυκιά Συμμορία, romanizedGlykia Symmoria) is a 1983 Greek dramatic experimental independent underground art film directed by Nikos Nikolaidis. The film, produced by Vergeti Brothers and the Greek Film Center, is the second part of the "Years of Cholera" trilogy beginning with The Wretches Are Still Singing (1979) and ending with The Loser Takes It All (2002) which deals with the last decades of the twentieth century. The original Greek title directly references the Greek title of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah film The Wild Bunch (Greek: Άγρια Συμμορία, romanizedAgria Symmoria). The film uses as background music the 1958 song "Sugartime" written by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols as well as the 1940 song "Sweet Mara" (Greek: «Γλυκιά Μαράτα,» tr. "Glykia Marata") composed by Leo Rapitis to lyrics by Kostas Kofiniotis which was performed by Kakia Mendri. It was distributed by the Greek Film Center in Greece and by Restless Wind abroad.

Plot[edit]

A group of four misfits, Argyris, Andreas, Marina, and Sofia, live together in a house. Andreas just got out of jail. All four have become disillusioned with life and have lost any reason to live or die. They try all criminal experiences with each member of the group choosing a different activity to experiment in: frequenting expansive restaurants and leaving without paying, shoplifting, starring in pornographic films, and creating an anti-state organization. The authorities put them under surveillance, waiting for the slightest false step from any of them before acting violently. The first such misstep occurs when Sofia kills the police chief who monitors their home.

Cast[edit]

  • Despina Tomazani as Sofia
  • Dora Maskalvanou as Marina
  • Takis Moschos as Argyris
  • Takis Spiridakis as Andreas
  • Alkis Panagiotidis as Xanthos
  • Lenia Polycrati as Roza
  • Konstantinos Tzoumas as Konstantinos
  • Dinos Makris
  • Andreas Tsafos
  • Haris Romas
  • Takis Loukatos
  • Alkmini Stavrou
  • Marianna Koutalou
  • Katerina Sigountou
  • Fay Tsanetopoulou
  • Natasa Kapsabeli
  • Isavella Mavraki
  • Natasha Assiki
  • Fotini Kotrotsi
  • Hristos Zygomalas
  • Panayotis Kaldis
  • Manos Tsilimidis
  • Giorgos Polyhroniadis
  • Panos Thanassoulis
  • Nikos Katomeris
  • Elias Kostandakopoulos
  • Nikos Stavropoulos
  • Giannis Kouriotis
  • Spiros Bibilas
  • Kostas Baladimas

Accolades[edit]

In October 1983, at the Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema, the film won the Athens Film Critics Association Best Picture Award, executive producer, art director, set designer, and costume designer Marie-Louise Bartholomew won the Best Costume Designer Award, Andreas Andreadakis won the Best Editor Award, Marinos Athanasopoulos won the Best Sound Recordist Award, Aris Stavrou won the Best Cinematographer Award, and Takis Spiridakis won the Best Actor Special Mention Award.[1] The Greek Film Critics Association voted this film in 2006 as the joint seventh greatest in Greek cinematic history.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Γενικά 1983: Βραβεία Ελληνικός κινηματογράφος. Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης (Πληροφορίες: Βραβεία) (in Greek). Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  2. ^ Ψηφοφορία Πανελλήνιας Ένωσης Κριτικών Κινηματογράφου 2006: Οι δέκα Καλυτερες Ταινίες τοῦ Ελληνικό Σινεμά Είναι... Ένδεκα (30 χρόνια Πανελλήνια Ένωση Κριτικών Κινηματογράφου). Πανελλήνια Ένωση Κριτικών Κινηματογράφου (Βραβεία: Οι καλύτερες ελληνικές ταινίες) (in Greek). Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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