Everyone identifies me with the flag incident… But I had done things before that, I had done things after that, and I'm doing things now.
An integral part of Greek folklore, Manolis Glezos is best known as the man who tore the swastika flag from the Acropolis during the Nazi invasion in 1941. Since then he has lived a mercurial existence; often caught between moments of glory and controversy as he continued to battle for his ideals. With the country knee-deep in a crushing financial crisis, Glezos is back in the limelight, elected as the oldest member of the European Parliament in 2014, at the age of 92. Yet he won’t even discuss “the flag incident” refusing to be pigeonholed as a one-hit-wonder. Scolding, lecturing and joking along the way, he develops a tug-of-war relationship with the filmmakers, as they uncover the man behind the myth.
Written & directed by Andreas Hadjipateras Executive Producer: Irene Thomas Producer: Valerie Kontakos Associate Producer Despina Pavlaki Editing: Chronis Theocharis Cinematography: Giannis Misouridis, Pantelis Mantzanas Music: Serafim Tsotsonis
Andreas is a New York-based filmmaker. He has directed “Gallero”, a documentary short about cockfighting in Cuba (Prize New Visions and Voices – NYU). “The Last Partisan”, centering around Manolis Glezos, is his first feature-length documentary, while his second, “A Forgotten Past”, about a New Yorker, whose father was the leader of Sierra Leone in the late 1960s, is already in the works. He has shot and been assistant director on various projects, including a documentary mini-series for Fresco News in Havana (2016) and several shorts of his own. Andreas is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Film and Television Program.
2018: AForgotten Past, documentary, in progress. 2018: The Last Partisan, documentary, 74’ 2015: Gallero, documentary, 13′ 2014: Maternal, fiction, 15′
Exile Filmsis an independent media arts company based in downtown Athens, specializing in documentary. We collaborate with filmmakers, writers, producers and broadcasters from all over the world to create films for international audiences. Fore more info, please visit: www.exilefilms.gr
Valerie Kontakos is a native New Yorker. She studied film at NYU and dived into documentary head-first when she met the inimitable David and Albert Maysles. A director in her own right (“Who’s on First?”, “Mana”), she now divides her time between Athens and New York.
Despina Pavlaki studied Communication and Mass Media in Athens and Creative Documentary in Barcelona. She started out as a film critic and festival programmer but decided to stick to documentary when she realized reality is stranger than fiction.
Festivals & Awards
Danaos Cinema (Athens) – from October 25
Petit Palais Cinema (Athens) – from October 25
Trianon Cinema (Athens) – from October 25
Fargani Art Cinema (Thessaloniki) – from October 25
Niagara Arthouse Cinema (Finland) – August 30, 2018
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (US) – June 9, 2018
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece) – March 3&4, 2018