O Vasilias (2002)

Run Time - 137 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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Nikos Grammatikos' drama O Vasilias (The King) is about a bad man trying to turn his life around. Vangelis (Vangelis Mourikis) gets out of prison, has a brief reunion with his girlfriend Maria (Marilita Lambropoulou), and declares to his former partners that he is done with crime. He sets out for a small village to live in his grandfather's house. Once he arrives, the town is suspicious of the stranger. Eventually police officer Petros (Minas Hatzisavvas) befriends the man. As his fortunes start to improve, Maria and his old cronies arrive and bring about Vangelis' naturally self-destructive tendencies. The King was screened at the In Thessaloniki Film Festival.