Black rose – dir. Μιχάλης Ηλιάσκος

Original Film Title: Μαύρο Τριαντάφυλλο

Director’s Name: Μιχάλης Ηλιάσκος

Writer’s Name: Αριστείδης Μωυσιάδης, Σωτηρία Ιωαννίδου

Producer: Μιχάλης Ηλιάσκος

Country of Origin: Greece

Country of Filming: Greece

Language: Modern Greek (1453-)

Runtime: 6 minutes 34 seconds

Film Description:

A dramatic story develops in the short film “Black Rose”. A young woman suddenly dies in the prime of her life, leaving her lover behind. Her soul wanders the world of the living and the mind of the young man gets lost in his memories. A black rose is the key to a gate that will unite them in a short voyage until it withers away. The story begins, after her husband’s flashback, with the girl throwing the black rose in order for her beloved to find it and go through the gate to meet her. They are then transferred to their house, in the yard, where a horse is waiting for her. The horse symbolizes the messenger but also the herald of death, who as a psychopomp will guide her soul to Hades. She asks for a bit more time, a few moments with him. She is at the rusted swings to remind him of their carefree childhood. The rose begins to wither reminding her that time is almost over. With her tears she hopes to keep it alive. They are transferred to a lake; the water reflects their pure feelings. It’s the only moment they see each other. She turns her back on him, feeling apologetic for leaving him alone. As a response, he goes to her grave where he reverently places the black rose. Their life, as the railways where trains travel simultaneously and meet for a moment along the way only to lose each other..

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