A woman is walking alone through an abandoned city. She approaches the forbidden zone and tries to pass through. Everywhere the Morning Patrol and deceptive traps are watching. The city itself is alive but uncontrolled. Computer voices warn non-existing inhabitants to leave the city. The communication system works… cinemas show films… classic faces of a past era flash across TV screens. She is confronted by one of the few survivors guarding the city.
They will come close to each other; they will try to recall the past. Together they unravel their tangled memory – threads of this catastrophe and decide to penetrate the zone together ; They are linked by the bonds of violence and death since no other behaviour is possible in this kind of world. Is there an end? Is there hope and any future since no person that was allowed through ever returned to tell us whether the freedom of the sea exists. The fugitives encounter increasing dangers.
Morning Patrol (Greek: Πρωϊνή Περίπολος, tr. Proini Peripolos) is a 1987 Greek dramatic experimental independent surrealist underground art film directed by Nikos Nikolaidis. It introduced a new iconography to Nikolaidis’ work and contains several elements somewhat resembling the thriller genre and post-apocalyptic science fiction.
The film has an elaborate yet simple script of strongly contrasting moods. The film’s dialogue contains excerpts taken from published works authored by Daphne du Maurier, Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler, and Herman Raucher. It received the Best Director Award and the Greek National Ministry of Culture Award at the Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema in October 1987, where Dinos Katsouridis also won the Best Cinematographer Award and Marie-Louise Bartholomew also won the Best Art Director Award.
The film went on further to be officially selected for screening at Fantasporto in February 1989 where it was nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award and it was also officially selected for screening at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in January 1987 where it was nominated for the Grand Prize.
Morning Patrol – Proini Peripolos (1987)
Directed by: Nikos Nikolaidis
Starring: Michele Valley, Takis Spiridakis, Liana Hatzi, Nikos Hatzis, Takis Loukatos, Panos Thanassoulis, Rania Trivela
Screenplay by: Nikos Nikolaidis
Production Design by: Marie-Louise Bartholomew
Cinematography by: Dinos Katsouridis
Film Editing by: Andreas Andreadakis
Costume Design by: Marie-Louise Bartholomew
Set Decoration by: Marie-Louise Bartholomew
Music by: Giorgos Hatzinasios
Distributed by: Greek Film Center
Release Date: October 8, 1987 (Thessaloniki Festival of Greek Cinema)