It is 1936 in Greece, shortly before the Metaxas’ dictatorship. A former drug trafficker and police informer, Sofianos, is in prison because of the assassination of a trade unionist during a rally. A conservative politician, Kriezis, with whom Sofianos had a homosexual relationship, visits him in prison. Using a smuggled gun Sofianos manages to take him hostage in his cell and blackmails the police in order to be released. The government is at a dead end and the country finds itself in a crisis. If they free Kriezis, they will lose the support of the democrats, if they don’t, they will lose the support of the conservatives. Being incapable of dealing with the situation, the government decide to kill Sofianos. First, they attempt clumsily to poison him and then they hire a sniper to shoot him.
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne University Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies he wanted to attend the School of Cinema in Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper “Demokratiki Allaghi” until it was prohibited by the military after the Coup. He decided to make his first movie “Anaparastasi” (1970). Internationally successful was his trilogy about the history of Greece from 1930 to 1970 consisting of “Meres tou ’36” (1972), “O Thiasos” (1975) and “Oi Kynigoi” (1977). After the end of the dictatorship in Greece Angelopoulos went to Italy where he worked with the RAI channels.