Delivery

Delivery
Delivery

“About death itself I’ve nothing to tell you. About the dead, ask me anything you like.”

A thin, dishevelled, pale young man arrives in Athens by bus and aimlessly wanders around the bus terminal grounds before heading out to the surrounding streets. His arrival in the big city is not marked by any clear direction, destination or ambition. As he seeks the basic necessities of shelter, food and work, human contact and the yearning for human intimacy begin to mark his place in a world alienated by the fast pace of the material urban life. When he finds a job as the pizza delivery boy at the not-so-thriving “Vesuvius Pizza”, he becomes involved with the young female waitress and their relationship forms one of many raw stories of disillusioned and disempowered lives in the city’s marginalised pockets. He travels the streets delivering pizzas and sits in park benches listening to the stories of weathered people. He returns nightly to “Vesuvius” to hear his employers question whether happiness is greater in poverty or in boredom. And his sleeping quarters are shared with a retired morgue worker, whose morbid corpse stories are not far removed from the harsh reality depicted throughout the film. An unglossy film capturing the brewing anger of modernity’s dejected and marginalised people and the volcanic conclusions delivered by displacement.

Director: Nikos Panayotopoulos | Rating: R 18+ | 2003 | Drama | 100 minutes | Greek

Director's Bio - Nikos Panayotopoulos

Nikos Panayotopoulos was born on the island of Mytilene, Greece 1941. He studied film in Athens and began his career as an assistant director on Greek and international productions. From 1960 to 1973 Panayotopoulos lived in Paris where he attended the Film Institute of the Sorbonne and haunted the Cinematheque. Since 1973 he has been living and working in Athens.

PRINCIPAL CAST

Thanos Samaras, Alexia Kaltsiki, Dimitris Imelos, Errikos Litsis, Spyros Stavranidis, Fotini Baxevani, Christos Loulis, Angela Brouskou, Vassilis Andreou, Nikos Kordonis.

AWARDS

45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2004
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize


DIRECTOR's – PREVIOUS FILMS

1965 SUNDAY

1970 Andreou


1971 Cinelove


1974 The Colours of the Iris


1978 The Idlers of the Fertile Valley


Gold Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival
Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival

1981 Melodrama


1984 Varieties


1988 The Woman Who Dreamed


1993 I Dream of My Friends

Best Actor Award (Lefteris Voyatzis), San Remo International Film Festival

1997 The Bachelor


1999 Edge of the Night


2001 Beautiful People


2002 I’m Tired of Killing your Lovers


2003 Delivery


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

61st Venice Film Festival 2004 Official Selection
Nominated for the Golden Lion Award
Montreal World Film Festival 2004 Official Selection
45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2004
27th Moscow International Film Festival 2005
40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2005 Horizons Program



Reviews

review by Dionysis Haritopoulos, Eleftherotypia Newspaper (Greek Language) November 12, 2004
http://www.enet.gr/online/online_hprint.jsp?q=Delivery&a=&id=3047676
Review by Ninos Fenek Mikelidis, Eleftherotypia Newspaper (Greek language) November 15, 2004
http://www.enet.gr/online/online_hprint.jsp?q=Delivery&a=&id=9042836
review by Maria Katsounaki, Eleftherotypia Newspaper (Greek language) November 16, 2004 http://www.enet.gr/online/online_hprint.jsp?q=Delivery&a=&id=41453876
review by Derek Elley, Variety.com, September 10, 2004
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_review&reviewid=VE1117924848&categoryid=31
Directors Notes (Greek Language), Press Release, source Cinephilia.gr http://www.cinephilia.gr/greek/delivery.htm

 

 


 

 

 

 

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