FRANCE / 1974 / French, Greek / Color, B&W / 35mm (1:1.66) / 42 min
Director, Photography: Jean-Daniel Pollet
Script: Maurice Born
Sound, Editing: Jean-Daniel Pollet, Maurice Born
Music: Yannis Markopoulos
Production Company: Les Laboratoires Santo
World Sales: P.O.M. Films
Pollet provides insight into life in the former leper colony on Spinalonga, an island of Crete, through the eyes of Raimondakis, who tells of having been excluded from his community to spend decades of his life on the island with fellow leprosy patients. Themes addressed include love, community, companionship, and death, and the importance of these values to all people regardless of their state of health. Pollet’s feature films were rarely screened overseas, and there is a sense in which he is telling his own story as an artist when he depicts the patients’ forgotten existence on the island. Japan premiere.
|Jean-Daniel Pollet (1936–2004)
Born in France, Pollet was most active in the 1960s and ’70s. His debut short, Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse . . . , was completed in 1958. He built on the images and themes from this first film in many of his later works, incorporating aspects of popular comedies. Méditerranée (1964), which he made over two years with Volker Schlöndorff, was an influential film. He developed a poetic style of filmmaking, using texts and commentaries by various writers. In the ’90s, he was paralyzed in a train accident, and so filmed his last works in the areas around his house. His last screenplay, Jour après jour, was finished by Jean-Paul Fargier in 2006.