The Last Partisan
The Last Partisan (Ο Τελευταίος Παρτιζάνος) is a 2018 Greek documentary film written and directed by Andreas Hadjipateras and produced by Valerie Kontakos for Exile Films. The film narrates the life and times of Manolis Glezos, a Greek left-wing politician and author, best known for his legendary act of resistance during World War II.
A film crew starts following Manolis Glezos around, shortly after he is elected as the oldest member of the European Parliament in 2014, at the age of 92. A member of Greek folklore, Glezos is known as the man who tore the swastika flag from the Acropolis during the Nazi Invasion of Athens in May 1941; kickstarting the Greek resistance movement and subsequently being labeled as "The First Partisan of Europe". Glezos is now the last of a nearly extinct generation who fought and resisted through WW2, the Greek Civil War and the Military Junta of 1967. At the time of filming, his popularity sees a resurgence within Greece and Europe, as the country once again finds itself at a crossroads during a crushing economic crisis. The revival of Glezos’ activism spurs him on to take part in countless events, readings, marches and protests. As the film crew spends the next two years pursuing him, a relationship blossoms between them. Glezos, as canny and guarded as any seasoned subject, becomes at odds with the filmmakers, looking to present him in an original light. Scolded, lectured and joked with, they patiently peel back his layers, one by one, as they embark on a journey through the past. Revisiting pivotal moments in Glezos’ life, they realize the key role he’s played in more than 70 years of modern Greek history. Still, there’s one thing he refuses to talk about. Glezos dodges questions about the flag for the entire film; he refuses to be pigeonholed as a one-hit-wonder. In resisting, he eventually provides what might be the most personal account of his connection to the flag story to date, but even as he opens up to the filmmakers, he makes sure to do it his way; “We're no-bullshit people where I come from, you know what I mean?” he says feistily. “We speak our mind. Got it? Great, so let's get moving.”
The documentary screened at the 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and received its international premiere at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.
Official Website // link to http://www.thelastpartisan.com/
The Last Partisan on imdb.com // link to https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8223316/
Exile Films website // link to http://www.exilefilms.gr/en/
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Director Andreas Hadjipateras talks to flix.gr // link to http://flix.gr/articles/the-last-partisan-interview.html
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