The Hunters, a thematic epilogue to the historical trilogy that centers on a group of middle-aged hunters who discover the perfectly preserved, 30 year-old frozen remains of a partisan (bearing an uncoincidental resemblance to the Byzantine image of Jesus Christ) and, compelled to deliberate on its ‘proper’ disposition, spend a haunted, restless evening confronting their past. Set in post-junta era Greece, the film is a contemporary allegory on the nation’s deliberate suppression of painful and unflattering history and collective deflection of personal accountability.
Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos. AKA The Hunters
Writers: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Stratis Karras.
Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Eva Kotamanidou, Mairi Hronopoulou, Giorgos Danis, Ilias Stamatiou, Betty Valassi, Aliki Georgouli, Nikos Kouros, Stratos Pahis, Dimitris Kaberidis, Christoforos Nezer, Takis Doukakos.
1977 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
Note: Two versions of this film exist, a 143 minute version (better quality) and a longer 171 minutes version, at first I thought the longer version was the Director’s Cut but apparently Theo approved both so I decided to make both versions available here, I think the one that was showed in Cannes is the longer one. If anyone has any more information about the differences between them please feel free to leave comments down below. Thanks!