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The King (2002)

O vasilias (original title)
A former drug addict gets a new lease of life in his grandfather's dilapidated rural estate, only to face the closed community's unwritten laws. Now, all that's needed is a flaming catalyst. Who can stop the advent of hell on New Paradise?


Nikos Grammatikos
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vangelis Mourikis ... Vangelis Farmakoris
Marilita Lambropoulou ... Maria
Minas Hatzisavvas ... Petros Voliotis
Babis Giotopoulos ... Mayor
Vivi Koka Vivi Koka ... Vivika
Tasos Nousias ... Anastasis
Evangelia Adreadaki ... Georgia
Kostas Kalokairinos ... Mihalis (as Konstadinos Kalokairinos)
Antonis Alexiou Antonis Alexiou
Periklis Lianos ... Thanasis
Karafil Shena Karafil Shena ... Alberto
Alexia Veronikiati Alexia Veronikiati ... Angeliki
Yannis Zouganelis ... Giannis
Anna Vagena Anna Vagena ... Athina
Dimitra Hatoupi Dimitra Hatoupi ... District Attorney


Like a fish out of water, Vagelis--a former drug addict in his mid-thirties who yearns for deliverance and a big change in his life--finds himself stranded in a faceless and cruel Athens, after five long years of incarceration. Nearly brought to his knees, Vagelis' only way out lies in his grandfather's dilapidated rural estate somewhere in a God-forsaken Peloponnesian village; however, fresh starts are always painful, especially when you are a stranger in a strange land. But, once a pariah, always a pariah, and Vagelis will soon have to come face to face with the closed community's unwritten laws, as a simmering tension threatens to finally boil over. Now, all that's needed is a flaming catalyst--and then--nothing can stop the advent of hell on New Paradise. In the end, just how easily can a king lose his kingdom? Written by Nick Riganas

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Once upon a time, there was a king who lost his way in the woods... See more »









Release Date:

28 February 2003 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Król See more »

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Dolby Digital


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In chess matches with Petros, the term 'Zugzwang' arises. It is a term derived from the German words 'zug' (move) and 'zwang' (compulsion, obligation). It describes a situation in chess where a player is in a helpless position. He must move but every move makes his position worse. See more »


When Vangelis first steps into the old house and falls through the floor, he is lit from his left. In the next long shot, the light is from behind him. See more »


Vangelis Farmakoris: Being banished from a place is very insulting...
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Written and Performed by Thanasis Papakonstadinou
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Great fantastic film!
3 March 2005 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

Indeed fellow mate from Greece, few Greek films can make such an impression. I don't really give a s##t whether it made a 'blockbuster' success - what I would really like for this film is to be given a chance for an international watching (the DVD i saw has English subtitles option) and that's great because it deserves to be seen outside Greece as well.

An accurate study on the culture and ethics of Greek country, especially that of a small community like a village. All acting is excellent, music also fits the mood great, the plot (based on a real story) is gripping, everything is perfect in this film which has nothing to do with the rest of the wanna-be Greek crap that gets wide distribution.

Grammatikos is a great visionary, his other film I have seen, "Apontes" is also great - but didn't make me the same impression as this did. Add that Giannis Zouganelis (comic legend, but also good actor) is also in it and you got a winner - by any measure - either you're a enthusiastic film buff (arty or not) or your an occasional film-goer, you have to see this great Greek film to appreciate it, and to see that THERE IS Greek cinema that has something to say, if rare.

And yes, there's woman skin for all to see, but fortunately not enough (and not filmed SEXY enough) to make the viewer distract from the true thing.

All thumbs up (hands and feet), easily one of my best Greek films so far!

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