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Running time
44 min.
France France
Malo Aguettant, Maurice Born
Jean-Daniel Pollet
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Jean-Daniel Pollet
Documentary | Disease. Half-length Film
Synopsis / Plot
This portrait of an abandoned leper colony on the Cretan island of Spinalonga, and in particular of the colony’s articulate and compelling leader, Raimondakis, is certainly one of Pollet’s finest and most haunting works. Having established his fascination with ruins in BASSAE, he here explores a ruin of a different and far more disturbing kind.

“[Raimondakis], ravaged by his disease and completely blind, looks straight into Pollet’s lens and, smoking elegantly, talks with clarity and lucid anger about his life. His presence is mesmerizing, the interview a tour-de-force of human sympathy, and, later in his life, Pollet said he considered Raimondakis to be ‘one of my masters.’” –Chris Darke, FILM COMMENT
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