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Master Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos wrote and directed this downbeat look at his nation's often blighted history, as seen through the eyes of an unfortunate young couple. In 1919, a band of Greek refugees who had found a home in Odessa are forced to return to their homeland following the Russian Revolution, and they settle in Thessaloniki, a forbidding riverside village where few wish to dwell. Eleni is a youngster who arrives in Thessaloniki and is taken in by Spyros (Vassilis Kolovos), one of the village leaders. While Eleni is raised as a member of the family alongside Alexis, Spyros' son, the two find themselves attracted to one another as they grow older, and they pledge to someday marry. By the age of 16, Eleni (Alexandra Aidini) becomes pregnant by Alexis (Nikos Poursadinis), and she gives birth to twins, which Spyros puts up for adoption. However, after the death of his wife, Spyros declares that he will make the now-grown Eleni his new spouse. Eleni and Alexis see no choice but to run away together, and they join up with a band of traveling musicians led by Nikos (Giorgos Armenis). But an angry Spyros declares that he will find the runaways, while Eleni and Alexis attempt to stay one step ahead of him while searching for their lost children. Theo Angelopoulos announced that The Weeping Meadow will be the first film in a trilogy which will represent his final works. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 2004

Cast

Alexandra Aidini
as Eleni
Nikos Poursanidis
as Alexis
Giorgos Armenis
as Nikos, The Fiddler
Vassilis Kolovos
as Spyros
Eva Kotamanidou
as Cassandra
Toula Stathopoulou
as Woman In Coffee House
Michalis Yannatos
as Zissis, The Clarinetist
Thalia Argyrion
as Danae
Grigoris Evangelatos
as Teacher

Crew

Theo Angelopoulos
Director
Theo Angelopoulos
Producer
Theo Angelopoulos
Screenwriter
Giorgio Silvagni
Screenwriter
Petros Markaris
Screenwriter
Tonino Guerra
Screenwriter
Andreas Sinanos
Cinematographer
Eleni Karaindrou
Composer (Music Score)
Giorgos Patsas
Art Director
Kostas Dimitriadis
Art Director
Nikos Sekeris
Executive Producer
Julia Stavridou
Costume Designer
Marinos Athanasopoulos
Sound/Sound Designer
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