A story for the end of the world

    CAPITALISM: The tragedy of an awarded winemaker who envisioned, since 1885, Arcadia as «Champagne d’ Orient».
    Arcadia, Champagne d’ Orient
    Country: Greece

    This is a historical documentary about the times of Great World Exhibitions when the end was not an option, and the future was shiny and bright even on the margins of the Global North. Yet it narrates about one of those many visions that did not succeed, and for this reason, we seldom have the opportunity to hear about it. Together with its bleached colours and the gloomy atmosphere, this makes it just the right story for our times when the failings of capitalism and the imminent climate disaster make the end of the world tangibly close.

    Arcadia, Champagne d’ Orient, a film by Kostas Spiropoulos

    Too much of a good thing

    The famous line of the Greek fabulist and storyteller Aesop says, «It is possible to have too much of a good thing». Arcadia, Champagne d’Orient seems an excellent example of this. According to Greek mythology, Arcadia, a region in the central and eastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula, was a virgin wilderness home to the god of the forest, Pan. As an unspoiled, secluded area with its inhabitants, proverbial herdsmen leading simple pastoral unsophisticated yet happy lives, it was immortalised by Virgil’s Eclogues and by Jacopo Sannazaro in his Arcadia . . .

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    Melita Zajc
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