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Standing Aside, Watching

Na kathese ke na Koitas

Greece | 2013 | 90 minutes | Yorgos Servetas

Antigone returns from Athens to her troubled hometown determined to keep a low profile. But run-ins with the town’s brutish men set a startling series of events in motion.

May 23, 2014
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A train passes through the desolation of an economically ravaged modern Greece and stops, ever-so-briefly, at a remote, unnamed city that sits in the shadows of a scorched mountain almost post-apocalyptic in its barrenness. Failed Athens actress Antigone (Marina Symeou) has returned home, and whatever she was looking for in the big city has eluded her. After reestablishing contact with her father, Antigone quickly manages to find a tutoring job as well as a boyfriend, Nikos (Yorgos Kafetzopoulos), several years her junior. Nikos, a sweet town-boy, works for junkyard owner Nondas (Nikos Yorgakis), a boorish, manipulative parolee who also happens to be conducting an emotionally and physically abusive affair with Antigone’s attractive childhood friend Eleni (Marianthi Pantelopoulou). A determined Antigone, recognizing the lawlessness and brutal misogyny of a city in crisis, refuses to become a passive witness to her tyrannical surroundings, and as the violence escalates, so does her resolve. Drawing equally upon American Western aesthetics and the Greek tragedy obvious from the protagonist’s Sophoclean name, with a score that evokes the female-driven revenge dramas of the 1970s, Standing Aside, Watching is an austere, intense domestic thriller about a land torn apart by corruption and anxiety. A storm is coming.

Director Biography

Born in Athens at 1978, Yorgos Servetas lived in Thebes until 1996. He studied at Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the university of Patras and took filmmaking studies for one year at the Lykourghos Stavrakos School of Athens.

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Director: Yorgos Servetas
Principal Cast: Marina Symeou, Nikos Yorgakis, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Marianthi Pantelopoulou, Kostis Siradakis
Country: Greece
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Fenia Kossovitsa, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Screenplay: Yorgos Servetas
Cinematographers: Claudio Bolivar
Editors: Panos Vontsarar
Music: 10
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Way Things are Determined (2008)
Language: Greek
HasSubTitles: Yes
International Sales: Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting
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