Friday, June 22, 2007

Brides - Νύφες

“It’s not a punishment to remember someone you love. The punishment is to forget”

Damian Lewis (Norman Harris), Victoria Haralambidou (Niki Douka), Andrea Ferreol (Emine), Evi Saoulidou (Haro) , Steven Berkoff (Karaboulat), Dimitris Katalifos (Captain Marinos), Irini Iglessi (Miss Kardaki), Apostolos Totsikas (Nicholas), Evelina Papoulia (Marion).

"In Pantelis Voulgaris’s ‘Brides,’ an American photojournalist (Damian Lewis) and a Greek woman from Samothrace (Victoria Haralambidou) meet and fall in love onboard the King Alexander. Martin Scorsese is the film’s executive producer." By Maria Katsounaki - Kathimerini

"Every film is a wager. Every wager is won or lost in the dark movie theater. Especially on opening night." Pantelis Voulgaris - director


"Summer 1922 - Smyrna Turkey
After roaming Asia Minor for several years American photographer Norman Harris must return home. The American newspaper he works with has rejected his photographs from the battlefield.
At the same time in Samothrace, Niki, a seamstress, is preparing her little trunk for Chicago. She must marry Prodromos, a tailor she has never met in place of her older sister who couldn't bear living away from home and returned to Greece in bad health.
Norman and Niki are traveling on the same ship. He is in First Class, she is in Third, along with another 700 "mail-order brides" from every corner of Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Armenia. In their suitcases, they all carry the photograph of an unwelcome bridegroom and their wedding gown. Some are immigrating through agencies, others through orphanages or church organizations.
A boatload of brides. an arc of cultures and colors from a turbulent, sorely tried region. The sad eyes of the women, the truth in their faces, the decency, the harshness, the expectation make Norman want to photograph them. Niki, who works sewing during the voyage, is the one he can't get out of his mind. Little by little they get to know each other and fall in love.
Niki's friend Haro, the pimp Karaboulat, the famous fortuneteller Emine, Marinos the ship's captain, Miss Kardaki the spinster chaperone of the orphans from Epirus, the teenage Russian Olga, the young cabin boy Nicholas, the American choreographer Marion, all have their own stories to tell which intersect at sea with the secret love of Niki and Norman, a love that runs counter to the "dos" and "don'ts" of the era.
A journey from the East to the West, at the same time the inner journey of the people who battle the waves of agony, doubt, courage, resignation, and hope.
The closed, dark and silent world of Third Class emphasizes the intensity of feelings that flare up, the contrast between the old life that they have left behind and the new one that lies before them.
On the docks in New York, Prodromos and hundreds of other bridegrooms wait impatiently.
First acquaintances, bliss, disappointment, goodbyes.
Locked in a passionate embrace, Norman and Niki are called upon to make their big decision. "

Soundtrack - Stamatis Spanoudakis


Anonymous said...

Most of the Greek refugees from Smyrna and Alexandria were from families that went there after 1821. THis show the great failure of their soviet theology whose taxation made their own people go to muslim lands.

Anonymous said...

the byzantines and greeks had been living in these areas for many many centuries before the turkish agression of 1922 that caused the Asia Minor Catastrophe .
Almost all Greek Orthodox Christians of Asia Minor including a Greek Orthodox population from middle Anatolia, the Ionia region (e.g. Smyrna, Aivali), the Pontus region (e.g. Trapezunda, Sampsunta), Prusa (Bursa), the Bithynia region (e.g., Nicomedia (İzmit), Chalcedon (Kadıköy), East Thrace, and other regions were either expelled (after being tortured) or formally denaturalized from their territory. I'm sorry to admit the truth, but...

Mikidos said...

I know..and i'm also sorry.