A Soul So Deep (aka Deep Soul)

(Psyhi vathia)
Greece/Cyprus Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Giorgos Symeonidis, Victoria Haralabidou, Kostas Kleftogiannis, Vasilis Nanakis


VANCOUVER PREMIERE Pantelis Voulgaris’s latest film tackles the still-divisive topic of Greece’s 1946-49 Civil War, when the “National” army of Greece’s Western-backed government fought an insurgent “Democratic” army of Greek leftists and communists. The struggle was one of the first armed conflicts of the new Cold War. Voulgaris dramatizes these internecine events through the tale of two young brothers — 14-year-old Vlassis and 17-year-old Anestis — who find themselves enlisted in opposing camps after their father is killed and they are separated from their mother. Voulgaris has stated that his intention was “to finally reconcile the bloodiest pages of our modern history."His beautifully-shot film is set in the Grammos Mountains of western Macedonia, site of some of the war’s worst violence, in 1949 — what Voulgaris calls “the last act of our nation’s drama.” The humanism for which the director is renowned is very much in evidence; because Voulgaris has also always been an artist of leftist sympathies, some attention has been paid to the question of whether he reveals any bias — or if, perhaps, he has attempted to be too even-handed — in his treatment of this very contentious subject. Colour, 35mm, in Greek with English subtitles. 124 mins.