‘The Last Note’ is a gripping historical drama based on true events, directed by Pantelis Voulgaris and co-written with his wife Ioanna Karystiani.
The film which was released in 2017, portrays one of the most important chapters of Modern Greek history: the execution of 200 Greek resistance fighters by the German occupiers on May 1st, 1944 in Kaisariani, as reprisal for the Greek Resistance ambush against Nazis.
The leading character of the story is Napoleon Soukatzidis (played by Andreas Konstantinou), an inmate of the Nazi’s Chaidari concentration camp. When news reaches Chaidari that a Greek resistance ambush in Laconia claimed the life of a high-ranking German official and his escorts, Kommandant Karl Fischer orders 200 inmates be executed. One of those inmates is Soukatzidis. But then, on Labour Day, 1944, Fischer offers Soukatzidis both an opportunity and a conundrum: he can nominate another prisoner to take his place, and thus be spared death.
Cineuropa stated that “this is ultimately how we should be leaving screenings about the history of war and broken lives: with tears in our eyes.”
This film which is in Greek with English subtitles, is a cinematic “memo” of remembrance, modesty & reflection and will open The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival Sydney.
WHAT: The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival Sydney Opening Night
WHEN: Tuesday 9 October 2018
WHERE: Palace Norton Street: 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Palace Central Sydney: 3/28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW 2008