Panos Karkanevatos

Dati tecnici

greco, turco

Credits principali

Production company: 
Panos Karkanevatos

Cast e credits

Panos Karkanevatos, Isidoros Zourgos
Film editing: 
Kenan Akkawi
Nils Kacirek
Dimitri Katsaitis

Riverbanks (t.i. Sponde)

International title: 
Grecia, Germani, Turchia, Francia
Year of production: 
2 015
Evros River. The border between Greece and Turkey. By the riverbank an outpost and a deadly minefield that a platoon of volunteers are struggling to clear. A sapper, Yannis, holds the reputation that he can root out the death that is hidden in the ground, when detectors cannot help. An artist of the hazardous, a dancer in front of Hades’ mouth. No one waits for him anywhere. He has nobody. In the night, gangs transfer illegal immigrants across the river. Sometimes, the minefield breaks its dark silence, when the unfortunate step inside. A young woman, Chryssa, helps children to cross the river. They are children of the dejected, who come from the East dreaming of Europe. Chryssa has to provide for her father, her brother, and her baby. She gave birth to Myrto after a short love affair with Levo, who runs the mafia of the river. Chryssa, guilty with every glance in the mirror, will stumble on Yannis. Challenging death is their common fate. Chryssa’s restless soul finds a shelter. She can escape the crude world with Yannis. And Yannis finds his family. Chryssa’s baby Myrto, becomes his own child. Riverbanks may be the story of this adoption. At a tiny spot on the map, the waves of history disembark human souls, and guilt and innocence are not identifiable. In a landscape where primitive archetypical desires move the people, we try to shed light upon select unconventional paths.

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Parlaci dell’opera che presenti al Napoli Film Festival: 
The story is set at Evros river - the border between Greece and Turkey. On the Greek side there is an old military minefield, a death trap. Thousands of refugees have crossed this border in recent years. Many of them dream their last dreams there. Some drown in the river, while others fail to survive the minefields. This is the world that our main characters Chryssa, Yannis live in. It is a borderline between life and death, a world at its edge, and they, human beings desperate and in need, are trapped under the weight of history. Hunters and hunted, engaged in a dubious bond. It is a trial of consciousness where the thin line between good and evil, blurs in front of their eyes. At this tiny spot on the map, the world of love is often defeated but it is not destroyed, it just moves away to other shores.



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