Towards The Way of Spring

Essay Film (feature)


In the midst of the economic crisis, a persistent researcher delves into the eventful life and the unexplored work of prominent Greek modernist poet, Nikos Karouzos. Through archives, Super 8s, memories and historical events, he travels from an overcast Athens, all the way to Kronstadt, Stockholm and back, to restore a forgotten poem.

Born in Nafplio in 1926 (died in Athens in 1990), Nikos Karouzos is considered one of the foremost Greek poets of the 20th century. His first poems appeared in 1949 and between 1954 and 1990 he published more than twenty collections, receiving the National Poetry Prize twice (1972 and 1988).

With his innovative approach to modernism – still under analysis and interpretation – and with the impact and diffusion of his work intensifying as years go by, Karouzos’ central position in contemporary Greek poetry has been only recently established.

He lived and worked in the margins. His life and work are marked by a continuous ontological anxiety: exiles, existential quests, the Greek Civil war, poverty, religious belief and love.