Nikos Karouzos - Poems on the Tape Recorder

Left-wing and Christian, hermit and an alcoholic, damned poet Nikos Karouzos is the central figure of this hybrid-genre feature. In this essay film about a documentary, the viewer is taken through the Athenian urban landscape, the editing room, prison island of Makronissos, Stockholm and Kronstadt, following a frustrated researcher in a journey through time to restore the collective memory of Greece’s most underrated poet and his tumultuous times through pictures, celluloid and testimonies. A story about life and death, about Greece’s troubled post-war history, and about the advent of Spring.

  • Yannis Karpouzis
    5-8 (Short Film), Fleets of time (Experimental Sci-Fi film footage)
  • Andreas Vakalios
    Mila, Deathcar, Blind Crossing
  • Ilias Liatsopoulos
  • Yannis Karpouzis, Empty Square
  • Ilias Liatsopoulos (Associate Producer)
  • Andreas Vakalios (Associate Producer)
  • Greek Film Centre (Co-producer)
  • ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation) (Co-producer)
  • Dimitris Katalifos
    Key Cast
    Taxidi sti Mytilini, Theofilos, Cavafy, Eteros ego
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Biography, Art, Culture, Society, Politics
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 9, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    70,028 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece, Russian Federation, Sweden
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-), Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
    May 29, 2020
    World Premiere
    Newcomer Filmmaker Award for the director from the Greek Film Centre
  • Athens International Film Festival
    September 30, 2020
Director Biography - Yannis Karpouzis

Yannis Karpouzis is a Greek based artist working with Photography, Film and Video. He studied at the Technical University of Athens (Diploma – thesis about modern art and the Bauhaus), Copenhagen’s DTU (Erasmus), the Fine Art School of Athens (Master of Fine Arts) and the Architecture School of Athens (Master in cultural theory).

He was awarded the Newcomer Filmmaker Award by the Greek Film Center at the 22nd Thessaloniki Film Festival for his hybrid genre essay film Nikos Karouzos - Poems on the Tape Recorder. He has also received the Literature Youth Award by Anagnostis Magazine for his book Near the End of Time. For his photography project Parallel Crisis, he received the Descubrimientos prize in PHotoEspana 2015 and the Portfolio Review Prize in Athens Photo Festival 2016.

Parallel Crisis and other works of Yannis have been presented to major Greek and international institutions (New museum of New York – Benaki Museum, Rencontres d’Arles, Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, PHotoEspana, Magnum agency, MedPhoto Festival, Photo-Beijing).

Yannis is an author and researcher of structural and post-structural methodology on aesthetic theories of cinema, photography and art history and a major contributor to the Greek photography hub Aldebaran.Photo.

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