Twenty years ago, Gena gave up her younger son to her brother’s family, which was able to provide a better future for her child. When the secret is exposed, the child’s real and foster siblings must face the consequences of the complex truth.
- Amalia Moutoussi
- Thanos Samaras
- Ioanna Tsirigouli
- Errikos Litsis
- Ieronymos Kaletsanos
- Yioula Boudali
- Yioula Boudali
- Syllas Tzoumerkas
- Pantelis Mantzanas
- Panos Voutsaras
‘Deceive!’ ‘Betray!’ ‘Terrorize!’ – in HOMELAND, the drama of a family deciding to give up one of its members for adoption to a richer relative, is identified with the drama of a whole country.
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Tzoumerkas, who has a solid background in shorts, presents with HOMELAND a multilayered portrait of a family from the 1974 fall of the military junta to nowadays. Developments among the members of the family follow and reflect those of the country resulting in a passionate and engaging film which could prove to be what Theo Angelopoulos' THE TRAVELING PLAYERS (1975) meant for the Greek.
Apart from the big-name films, there were a slew of other movies offering a window into different cultures. My favorites included HOMELAND, by the Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas.
A choral work, in which destiny can be used as an alibi only for those who want to be free from their own responsibilities. There is no way out either for the victims or the aggressors in this film which allows no break in a constant crescendo that proves all the more tragic the more we drift away from reality.
What the melodrama does, is to force us, through the excess use of passion, of emotional extortion, to see the truth.
Syllas Tzoumerkas (1978, Greece) studied theatre, film directing and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. He has directed short films including THE DEVOURING EYES (Cinéfondation, 2001 Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), TV documentaries and the feature films HOMELAND (International Critics’ Week, 2010 Venice Film Festival) A BLAST (International Competition, 2014 Locarno International Film Festival) and THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (Panorama section, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival).