Time: 7:30 pm
Writer/Director: Alexis Damianos
Feature (1971): 103 min
Evdokia (Greek: Ευδοκία) is one of the most important works of greek cinema. Evdokia is a drama of passion, where the main characters are a sergeant and a prostitute who get married after a brief passionate idyll. Very soon, however, the influence of their environment has a negative effect on their relationship, and the man tries to break away, but without success. The harsh light, the rock, the bare landscapes and the military exercises, on the one hand, sensuality and constrictions, on the other. Because of her occupation, Evdokia both attracts and repels the sergeant. The petit bourgeois environment, the lumpen elements, the social fringes and petty interests stifle the young couple, which appears to want to rebel, but doesn’t succeed. With everything moving between violent sensuality, cruelty, coarseness and total austerity, this “prosaic” story assumes the dimensions of an ancient tragedy. The inner struggle of the heroes, the conflict of desires and values, the straightforward narration, vigorous pace, immediacy and sound construction constitute one of the most important works of the Greek cinema.
- Best Leading Actress Award: Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece), 1971
- Voted by the Greek Film Critics (PEKK) as one of the ten best greek movies (2nd place), 2006