OTHER SEA" A NEW FILM BY THEO ANGELOPOULOS
The film is in production starring Toni Servillo.
The days before New Yearís in the great port of the
country that is suffocating as a result of the financial
crisis. On the roof of a factory occupied by striking
workers, a nude striker throws his clothes down to the
crowd that has gathered below to protest the layoffs.
E., daughter of P., the cityís Deputy Mayor has joined
a company of actors that is trying, with the participation
of the strikers from the factories, to put on Brechtís
Threepenny Opera, reacting with this timely play to
the suffocating situation that surrounds them. Her father
owns a big auto repair shop in the city and at the same
time runs an illegal operation trafficking immigrants
from Greece to Italy hidden among the cargo in trucks.
The nude striker finally jumps into the void. His funeral
at night triggers a series of episodes. A huge protest
rally during which as the result of the heavy rain the
casket with the deceased is taken to the immigrantsí
shantytown for shelter and then the flight of all to
the ruins of a nearby factory where E. is sexually attracted
to a young immigrant, Selab, who is also one of the
actors in the play. The next day the police throw out
the strikers and empty the factory.
P. who bears the scars of his young wife abandoning
him years ago when E. was a little girl, invites his
daughter to a fashionable night club on New Yearís Eve
so that they can both celebrate her birthday and drunkenly
lets himself go in a solitary dance. On New Yearís Day,
the opening night of the Opera the company of actors
with E. have been rehearsing all this time does not
take place. The police bars entry to the theater for
fear of rioting by the crowd that has gathered in the
square and throws out of a back door all those who managed
to get in. Late at night the actors exit the theater
P. has become aware from the little love poems he finds
in his daughterís room of her relationship with Selab
and after finding out from the Afghani who works in
his gas station that his daughterís young lover is leaving
the next day in one of the trucks along with his friend
Ali, fears that he is losing his daughter. That same
night he arranges with one of his trusted truck drivers
the murder of the young Iranian. Meanwhile the bulldozers
level the immigrantsí settlement, an event that triggers
massive rioting in the city which is divided into two
camps. Terrified, the immigrants hide here and there
in the dark corner of the city they call the Triangle
of Death. E. discovers Selab hiding and their relationship
is passionately consummated just as the Afghani who
works in the gas station warns Ali that Selab is in
danger. On her return home and from messages on her
fatherís voice mail, E. senses that Selab is in danger
and rushes to the port just as the ship bound for Italy
is getting ready to sail.
The trucks with the young immigrants hiding inside them
have passed the gate. E. can do nothing. Ali is mistakenly
killed when he switches places with Selab who now sails
away. E. reacts violently and is arrested. Late at night
P.ís lawyer secures her release and she returns home.
Now she knows it is her father who gave the order. When,
later on, P. goes up to talk to her, aware that she
knows, she is no longer at home. P. takes to the streets
in search of her. He ends up at the departure pier in
the port and waits inside his car. E. roams the city
with her backpack slung over her shoulder. She goes
to the spot where the company of actors has arranged
to meet. They take their leave of her with the finale
of the Threepenny Opera. Then, alone, she sets out for
the port after telling her old friend, the director
of the play, that she doesnít know where sheís going.
Perhaps to the other sea...
In front of the gate through which the trucks bound
for Italy enter, she sees her father. It is raining.
Her father gets out of his car. He knows itís all over.
Crying, E. boards the ship which starts moving away
from the dock. A shot is heard. P.ís gun on the pavement
and his face covered with blood. E.ís ship heads towards
the open sea. The day breaks.