The Stoas

1991-97, 35mm, colour, sound, 22 minutes
Cast: Robert Beavers
Filmed in Greece (Athens, Gortynia)
First Public Screening: International Film Festival Rotterdam, 5 February 1999

“The title refers to the colonnades that led to the shady groves of the ancient Lyceum, here remembered in shots of industrial arcades, bathed in golden morning light, as quietly empty of human figures as Atget’s survey photos. The rest of the film presents luscious shots of a wooded stream and hazy glen, portrayed with the careful composition of 19th century landscape painting. An ineffable, unnameable immanence flows through the images of The Stoas, a kind of presence of the human soul expressed through the sympathetic absence of the human figure.”
(Ed Halter, New York Press)