IDENTITY: Never mind how hard you try, you can never escape the world
Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Modern Times Review.
Published date: March 11, 2020

The War will still be here Tomorrow! The sentence is painted with crude letters on an abandoned wagon. It is rusty and beaten up. Its former use a bit unclear. Probably a remnant of some military presence in the rugged landscape.

A man is passing by on a small motorbike. He stops to ponder. Then he continues. He exiled himself from Athens during the crisis, and now he lives all by himself on an island. He left after a boy was killed at Exarceia, the technical university in the Greek capital. He keeps thinking of the slogans back then – «Cops, pigs, killers!» December 2008 was not a response, but another question. The man, who calls himself Filoktitis, now claims to have left behind his addictions and the explosive situations.

This is the frame of a new film by Belgian artist/director duo Elise Florenty and Marcel Türcowsky. They are known for their experimental work, and their latest certainly follows that tradition. The film is set on the Aegean island of Lemnos where Filoktitis has taken refuge. He is squatting in the eroded landscape, keeping to himself after participating in the Athens riots in reaction to the economic meltdown of Greece in 2008.

Greek narrative

There is talk about crisis and morphine. Filoktitis has not escaped into drug use, but he is constantly moving through various hallucinations, experiencing different states of embodiment and disembodiment. The physical space is Lemnos, but the story of the film moves through so many registers, from news footage to video games, that most of the time it is hard to tell what is real and what is virtual.

Although he left Athens in order to escape the crisis, past and future scenarios of conflict are catching up with him. Multilayered reality is all around Filoktitis when he ventures off on the island.

Lemnos is an important part of the Greek narrative. When the hero


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