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Testament of Orpheus

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Testament d’Orphée

Βιογραφία / Biography, Γαλλία / France, 1960, 77′, DCP, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Με ήχο / Sound

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Jean Cocteau Σενάριο / Screenplay Jean Cocteau Φωτογραφία / Photography Roland Pontoizeau Μοντάζ / Editing Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte Ήχος / Sound Pierre Bertrand, René Sarazin Μουσική / Music: Georges Auric Παραγωγή / Production Jean Thuillier Ηθοποιοί / Actors Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, María Casares, Jean Marais, Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner, Françoise Christophe, Nicole Courcel, Henri Crémieux, Daniel Gélin, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pablo Picasso, François Périer Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Tamasa Distribution

In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau was an enormously influential French artist and writer known as one of the major figures of Dada and Surrealism. With an oeuvre that spanned painting, novels, poetry, plays, and films, Cocteau established himself as a leading creative force in Paris. A regular member of the avant-garde, he maintained long-term friendships with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia, and Man Ray.


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.