Capturing moments in the infinite line of time, depicting fractional images of a divinely inspired Nature, interweaving mythological and historical accounts, gleaning fragments and whispers the cinematic gaze attempts to record the identity of a place that confronts and is confronted with the great philosophical questions of life.
The temple of Athena Alea, Gregory Markopoulos’s shrine, the harvest, the beautiful woman of Mouchli, the cherry orchard, the New Martyr Demetrios, are nothing but fragments of this place – of Tegea – recounting the adventure of life.
‘’Hail Arcadia’’. A journey to a place that is haunted, even today, by the myth of an enigmatic epigraph.
Et in Arcadia Ego. A collection of fragments. A salute, brief and ambivalent, like the passage of the runner who crosses the plain of Tegea at midnight.
A poetic journey through the past and present of the myth-filled, bucolic province of Arcadia through the lens of Greek auteur filmmaker Filippos Koutsaftis.
Born in Zagora, Volos. He studied film in Athens and has worked as director of photography on fourteen feature films, for television, serials and documentaries. His first feature documentary, Agelastos Petra (aka Mourning Rock) was a major box-office and festival hit (over 60.000 admissions in greek theaters, more than 5 consecutive months theatrical release, audience awards in various film festivals).
Greek with German subtitles