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Love is fear ~ Manolis Anagnostakis

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H αγάπη είναι ο φόβος /Love is fear
Εποχές 3 (α΄ έκδ. 1951), Εκδόσεις ΝΕΦΕΛΗ
H αγάπη είναι ο φόβος (Love is fear) is a short animated film based on the poem, that was crafted by Manolis Anagnostakis and was included in the collection Seasons 3 (Εποχές 3). 
This short animated piece aspires to express the struggle to retain ones sensitivity disregarding the cruelty within the society and to emphasize the diachronic character of the poem through a contemporary prism. 
The visual part is composed of a sequence of illustrations inspired by key-words of the poem and crafted with textures from books and paper. Words are translated into characters and abstract environments floating into the blank. The various materials are connected through motion events, that reflect and follow the poem’s rhythm.
The soundtrack has been composed using recordings of natural sounds that was later processed by digital equipment. Through this method we attempt to provide a backbone for the vintage recording of the poet, in order to amplify the textural motion of the video. 
The main objective of this animated piece is to combine the existed material (written and spoken language) with alternative and contemporary mediums (animation and sound) and invite the audience to preserve and experience the poem by using multiple senses.

Poem/Voice Manolis Anagnostakis (1925 - 2005)
Direction, Animation & Illustrations Afroditi Bitzouni
Music & Sound Design Kyriakos Charalampides & Giuliano Anzani
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Love is the fear that connects us with others
Do we truly die for the others or this way we avenge our lives
or this way we spit all the measly resemblances
and at some time a sunray goes through our dried up minds
something like a vague memory of our lively prehistory.
We have reached the days when you don’t know what to measure
erotic events and stock market companies
you can’t find a mirror into which to cry out your name
simple intentions of life secure the current affairs
boredom, lust, dreams, business dealings, cheating
and if I think it’s because custom is better than guilt.

ANTHOLOGY of NEOHELLENIC POETRY, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC,  Αutumn 2017

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Love is fear ~ Manolis Anagnostakis

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Love is fear ~ Manolis Anagnostakis

Love is fear is a short animated film based on the poem, that was crafted by Manolis Anagnostakis.