LOAFING AND CAMOUFLAGE 15+

ΛΟΥΦΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΡΑΛΛΑΓΗ

Credits

Director

Nikos Perakis

Producer

Vasilis Katsoufis, Nikos Perakis & Vittorio Pietra

Writer

Nikos Perakis

Country

Greece, 1984

Running Time

99mins

Category

Comedy

Language

Greek with English subtitles

Starring

Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Takis Spiridakis, Stavros Xenidis, Andreas Filippides, Hristos Valavanidis

“The events are only 95% true but only because the reality was even more absurd.” -Filmmaker Nikos Perakis

The acclaimed semi-autobiographic feature film Loafing and Camouflage is writer-director Nikos Perakis’ satirical Catch 22-esque take on his time in Greek military service.

In 1967, an infantryman, Private Ioannis Papadopoulos, is transferred from an outpost on the frigid, snow-bound Greek-Bulgarian border to a unit in Athens, near his wife and his twin daughters – born just before his conscription. When the Greek military junta seizes power, Ioannis becomes part of a group of soldiers assigned to the recently formed Armed Forces Television unit forced to create propaganda for the regime masquerading as civilian content.

A seminal component in the Perakis oeuvre, Loafing and Camouflage has become a cult classic of Greek cinema and a compelling example of how truth can be weirder than fiction. You’ll laugh because you won’t believe it.