Athens 1950. An era that presents a good number of similarities with today’s era. Antonis Barkas, celebrated creator of Karaghiozis (the greek shadow theater), watches this traditional art disappear.The public is slowly loosing interest in this form of art which is spreading rapidly in the cities and provincial towns. In his effort to stop time wich runs faster than him and his cardboard silhouettes, Barkas violently clashes with his entourage : his apprentice, torn between the Ancient and the New, chooses the latter, the singer of this travelling theater who will nevertheless remain faithfull until the end, and his sister, who lives in his shadow…
He was born in Athens and studied Law and cinema. He graduated at the London Film School and was a film critic. He made documentaries awarded in Grece an abroad. He is famous for his three parts work on imigration ( three short films ): La communauté grecque à Heidelberg (1976), Jorgos de Sotirianika (1978) et A Athènes aujourd’hui. He made his first feature film Bon retour au pays, camarade, in 1985, awarded in Locarno. He also was a director for TV.
Lefteris Xanthopoulos, Lefteris Kaponis
Production : Lefteris Xanthopoulos à Athènes Vente à l’étranger : Centre du Cinéma Grec à Athènes
Title in Original Version : Le montreur d'ombres