STAVROS  TORNES


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A heron for Germany

Direction: Stavros Tornes

Production: Stavros Tornes, Greek Film Centre

1987

16mm, 87 min, color

 

 

Chronicle of Loukas Kostoglou, a publisher devoted to poetry; and of his assistant Marios, who is in love with Nina.

 

 

Cast

Stavros Tsiolis

Marios Karamanis
Myrna Tsiapa
Anna Wich

Takis Dimitrakopoulos

Evris Papanikolas

Stavros Tomes

Direction

Stavros Tomes

Script
Charlotte Van Gelder

Cinematography
Stamatis Yiannoulis

Editing
Giorgos Triantafillou

Art Director

Tassos Zografos

Costumes

Esmene Kariotaki

Sound
Kostas Poulantzas

Music
Manos Hadjidakis

Production
Stavros Tornes
Greek Film Centre

1987

16mm, 87 min, color

Eleni Stefanou - Marios KaramanisChristos Vakalopoulos - Evris PapanikolasMarios Karamanis - Christos Vakalopoulos

The film's main hero is a publisher devoted to poetry with memories of the German occupation. This character allows Tornes to speak to us about matters which concern and move him such as those of the German occupation, the past, the present, memory and history, poetry and imagination, everyday life and dreams. Thus this "ordinary story" is slowly transformed into something highly imaginative, a heron which manages to get away from the trivialities of everyday life and land in a world of poetry, the very place where Tornes lives and breathes. 

EIeftherotypia Ninos Fenek Mikelides 

Stavros Tornes makes films with dirt and stones. His pictures are handmade. AII he needs is a camera in order to film the route mapped out for him by his cruel fate: poetry. Without the means usually available to filmmakers, such as big budgets and large casts, Tornes manages to make films such as A HERON FOR GERMANY, a gem of poetic cinema. A tragic 'requiem" on innocence and poetry, a vitriolic comedy laced with defeat and grief This film, a bearer of precious beauty, comes in conflict with the rest of the film production. 

Ichos Nikos Triadafilides

This apparently simple story is used by the director to talk to us about the past and the present, poetry and literature, dreams and reality imagination and everyday life. At a certain point his film takes off, like the heron of his title, in true poetic style. Besides its surrealistic poetry, Tornes' film is permeated with an anarchic kind of humour, the work of a man who passionately loves the cinema. 

Screen International

The film participated at Thessaloniki film festival 1987

  

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