Lost in the Bewilderness

a film by Alexandra Anthony

 

“Best Documentary of 2015″

The Arts Fuse


 

Odysseus Award for “Best Creative Documentary”

- 2015 London Greek Film Festival (UK)


 

 One of the “10 Best Documentaries of 2014″

                                                    -The Arts Fuse


 

“It took far more time than Richard Linklater’s Boyhood or Odysseus’s wandering the oceans to get home, but Alexandra Anthony’s Lost in the Bewilderness, thirty years in the making, was worth the impossible wait. It’s mythological, philosophical, worldly and wise, an extraordinary true-life document of how, through nurturing and family, a feral wolf child becomes a gentle cub–and, ultimately, a human being. A work of hope and grace and gentility, among the finest documentaries of recent years.”

- Gerald Peary, film critic


 Flix

“One of the finest documentaries you will ever see about adolescence, memory, and the importance of returning ‘home’, using Greece’s ancient and modern mythologies as inspiration.” “This funny, restless and deeply moving film is lovingly dedicated to everyone that once felt or still feels lost in… ‘the bewilderness’.”

- Manolis Kranakis, FLIX.gr

Full Review: English , Greek


International New York Times, Kathimerini

“It takes off thanks to masterful editing, a clean structure, and captivating narration by Anthony herself whose matter-of-fact delivery seamlessly meshes the ancient myths of Oedipus, Perseus, and Odysseus with Lucas’s story.” “A visually rich, suspense-filled ride.”

- Harry van Versendaal, Int’l New York Times, Kathimerini

Full Review: English , Greek


The Boston Globe

“A masterpiece.”

“A fusion of Michael Apted’s Seven Up! and Homer’s Odyssey.”

“Related with detached wisdom and compassion.”

- Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

Full Review 1/Full Review 2


The Arts Fuse

“Riveting”

 “An astoundingly moving film.”

“Rarely do films pack such a passionate, resonate payoff.”

- Paul Dervis, The Arts Fuse

Full Review


TA NEA

“Alexandra Anthony… a ‘Tragedian With A Camera’.”

“Anthony’s narrative power is evident from the first shots.” “A full circle of life unfolds before our eyes with such mastery that you almost forget you’re watching a documentary and you simply gape, immobilized.”

“…a life’s work.”

- Akis Kapranos, TA NEA

Full Review: Greek


Página/12

“Greek-American director Alexandra Anthony proves that the best documentaries play with time on their side.”

“Like a daughter of Cronos, Anthony goes spinning family history with classical Greek myths… Anthony’s camera exhumes images of Lucas and his family’s past, like one invoking ghosts from Hades, giving them form and bringing them back to life.”

- Luciano Monteagudo, Pagina/12, Buenos Aires

Full Review: Spanish


ESQUIRE (Colombia)

“A beautiful documentary” “Write down the title – Lost in the Bewilderness – and go see it!”

-Francisco J. Escobar, Esquire (Colombia)

Full Review: Spanish


The Wellesley News

“It is at once uniquely Greek and almost universal, quite like Greek mythology itself.” “(The film has) an amazing relatability.”

- Ciara Wardlow, The Wellesley News

Full Review 


Escribiendocine

“magical”

- Rolando Gallego, Ecribiendocine.com, Buenos Aires

Full Review: Spanish


Hollywood Greek Reporter

“emotionally intriguing”

- Hollywood.greekreporter.com

Full Article: English


USA Greek Reporter

a touching documentary of kindness, optimism and humanity, that shouldn’t be missed by anybody”

  – Katerina Papathanasiou, USA.greekreporter.com

Full Article: English


Boston Hassle

“…shares BOYHOOD’s cumulative uncanniness, but its disorientations are more radical as Lucas, its lost boy, is wrenched from and returned to family and country.”

- Matthew Martins, bostonhassle.com

Full Article: English


Twitter/Buzz from Thessaloniki Film Festival

“a true masterpiece”

- Culturenow.gr

“a real stand-out of the Festival”

- Freecinema.gr

“Best Greek Documentary award goes to Lost in the Bewilderness…for its story and the filmmaker’s approach.”

- Cinepivates.com

“one of the most entertaining, moving and revealing films we’ve seen recently”

- Flix.gr

“the film that held us under its spell at Thessaloniki”

- TA NEA

“an authentic surprise of the Festival…excellent”

- Pagina/12

“incredible 80s verite, hilarious characters, fantastic writing, delivery”

- Twitter @dajieblack

“I cried continuously from the middle on”

- Letterboxd @ZlatkoGR

“the documentary ‘Lost in the Bewilderness’ is the best I’ve ever seen! Such a masterpiece!”

- Twitter @NatiMelancholic


Twitter/Buzz from Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

“#LostInTheBewilderness was 1 of the most touching #documentaries I’ve seen #InMyLife.”

-Twitter @directorisaias

“#family #alexandraanthony thank u @LAGFF for the gift”

-Twitter @directorisaias


Filmmakers are Saying

“A film of great depth and beauty… an intriguing, gripping work.”

- Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher, Academy Award nominees, West City Films, Inc

“Lost in the Bewilderness is as close to a perfect movie as I’ve seen in years.”

- Ben Coccio, Director, Zero Day; Screenwriter, The Place Beyond the Pines

“A haunting and sometimes hilarious story. Like an archeologist delicately excavating the site of a Greek temple, Alex Anthony probes into her family’s past in this rich, layered, multigenerational saga. Thirty years in the making, Lost in the Bewilderness gives new meaning to our understanding of mythological. It glows with warmth and humanity.”

- Ross McElwee, filmmaker, Sherman’s March

“There are so many things I admire about Lost in the Bewilderness: the beautiful photographythe lyrical writing, the masterful editing, and the wonderful ensemble cast.  Alex Anthony has crafted a staggeringly beautiful film that will resonate with you long after the final frame.”

          - Michel Negroponte, filmmaker, Dangerous In Love

 “A major accomplishment collapsing 30 years of real life into 90 minutes, ‘Lost’ tells multiple stories simultaneously and richly. Anthony reveals the inner workings of family in a way that ‘reality TV’ can’t begin to touch. Some of her imagery is mystical and beautiful; some of it simply touches us with its ‘everydayness.’ Combined, her pictures, and intimate writing and narration allow the ‘familiar’ to take us someplace else. Her dedication to completing this film over so many years of production and post-production should be an inspiration to all documentary filmmakers.”

          - Mark Erder, filmmaker, AsiaPacificVision, Hong Kong

Film Festivals

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