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The Suspended Step of the Stork

The Suspended Step of the Stork

A Feature film by Théo Angelopoulos

Produced by Arena Films

Release in France : 04/12/1991


    While working on a story in the border area, a young reporter discovers a divided town bisected by a river which is also the national frontier. He observes a surreal wedding in which the bride and her family stand on one shore and the groom and his relatives on the other. The town, a remote ghost town, almost forgotten at the end of the world, has been named "waiting room" by the locals because most of its inhabitants are refugees from different countries many of whom have crossed the border illegally at some time or other, and are now waiting for their turn to leave and start life anew "somewhere else". In the course of his investigation he also comes upon an aging, reclusive refugee, who lives there cultivating a field. But the young reporter believes he is a famous Greek politician who disappeared years before, leaving behind him many unanswered questions. The man's identity is never resolved but the hapless refugees and divided village allow the reporter to understand his despair over the human condition.

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    Arena Films

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    Pathé Films

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    Screenwriters :

    Tonino Guerra, Pétros Márkaris, Théo Angelopoulos

    Directors of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis, Andréas Sinanos

    Production Designer :

    Mikes Karapiperis

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    Feature film

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    French, English, Greek, Kurdish

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    Greece, France, Switzerland, Italy

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    Runtime :

    2 h 25 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (2)

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2012

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2012)


    Filmmakers in Focus - Theo Angelopoulos

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1991

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1991)


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