critics from Greece in English
Mazomenos records the route of his tragic hero through images selected with thought, images artistically wonderful, with lightings that clearly present the psychological state of the persons. The route of the Afghan immigrant gives the director the opportunity to present us cared and inspired pictures of the sad life of immigrants in our country, to conclude with the amazing, shocking images in the finale. Mazomenos managed with that to give us a strong film.
Ninos Mikelides http://enet.gr
Sensational movie haunted by the truth of a real documentary using though amateur actors in the roles of immigrants. Bends with unimaginable honesty, courage, tenderness and affection over the problem of those human beings sentenced to death from disease, hunger and poverty. Where to save themselves decide to enter the martyrdom of an extremely dangerous journey. Journey that leads them not in salvation but in an infinitely worse fate.
Nikos Koulaftakis , cinemad.gr
Vassilis Mazomenos, the most ” weird” than all Greek directors of his generation, leaves aside for the moment his artistic experimentation (he was the first to use digital technology to create cinematic collage in Greek cinema) and his influence from the early German expressionism and narrates a real story, the way it happens today. Next to us. It’s not a work of complaint, nor attempt to create easy and inexpensive emotion. The universe of Mazomenos is basically poetic, even when looking through the dark heart of the beast . That makes the beast neither less hideous, nor less scary.
MAKIS LAKTARIDIS doctv.gr
Austere but perfect production (including shooting in Afghanistan! ). A brilliant actor, who does not look like even trying, excellent photography and in general exactly what is necessary for a film to meet with the fierce Greek reality in a serious, almost grim, way but not a pretentious one(and all this in a low-budget independent production). The best and most mature work of the director and one of the most remarkable Greek films in recent memory.
Yannis Deliolanis , cinetime.gr
A topical theme, a storyline right through the dirty bowels of Greek everyday life and certainly the best film of the director. V. Mazomenos records with spirit and true, sincere interest the dramatic route of this man who plays actually himself , the real Ali Haidari, an illegal immigrant who is also the film’s narrator .
Yannis Zoumpoulakis , tovima.gr
He (V. Mazomenos) stands with respect to everyday life and his dreams, through observation that reveals universality and says “present!” with a style that attempts to differentiate itself from the sole documentary.
Theodore Koutsoyannopoulos , lifo.gr
Directors “visual word” has plasticity and originality combining stylization with the immediacy of a documentary and theatricality with absolute narrative abstraction.
Christos Mitsis , athinorama.gr
The whole film has a dreamy and melancholic, but terrifying underground atmosphere as well, simply knit and without styling that makes you alongside with the narrative to empathize with the character, not just as individual but as a whole. diavasinet.gr
On first glance, the story of Ali shows how the others, the civilized Europeans, have exploited and despised. The interesting and coherent anthropocentric view of Mazomenos to the issue of refugees and migration, affects the relation with the present and the countless other nameless – that we encounter in our path, without being interested in their personal story .
Antigone Katsadima , lego4.blogspot.gr
The myth of the West of wealth and opportunity, of course, soon collapses…. From Afghanistan to Iran and from Turkey to Greece, Ali falls victim to racism and authority. He does not live the «western dream» but a nightmare as he experiences the most inhumane reality that most immigrants face in a foreign country. In a deeply xenophobic Greece, ” 10th Day ” seems more topical and prophetic than ever ( the film began well before the rise of the Golden Dawn ) .
Cleanthes Kleanthous , timeoutcyprus.com
With a very documentary- style, in a no budget film Vassilis Mazomenos manages to enter the lives and everyday living of an Afghan refugee in Greece in 2013. With simple and direct cinema the director makes us focus on common images of everyday life that pass us by without giving them importance. The protagonist Ali Haidari impresses us with his presence in the film and with the simplicity and the without make-up comfort that he presents the harsh everyday life of an immigrant in Athens. It is exactly this stark reality that runs through the film
Kyriakos Banos , ergatiki.gr
The director who is not afraid to identify his ideology and beliefs, enriches the film with aptly flashbacks and memories of the protagonists’ s life in homeland, and with brilliantly allegorical parallels. The Greek director unlike Tony Gatlif and his work «Indignados» which also had references to Greece and immigration, suggests through the way that he films onto Ali, that this is actually not as complex and complicated problem as it seems.. Humanism is something simpler. It is attitude .
Iakovos Gogakis , screeneye.net