Isabella belongs to the Greek wealthy bourgeoisie and her conception of love is deeply intertwined with mysticism and ancient philosophy. She falls in love with Albert, who is Jewish, much younger and, moreover, poorer than her. Their relationship is intense, but as time passes, Isabella has more and more influence over Albert: their love affair turns into domination. For Isabella, it is the sacred harmony she built around her way of life that broke. As she cannot bear this situation, she throws herself out of the window and dies. But her love for Albert is stronger than death: Isabella comes back to life as a little girl named Anna. She finds Albert, who raises her as his own child. Their passion is still as strong as before, but in the meantime, history has followed its course: in Greece, Jews are now persecuted and Albert’s family is threatened; Anna refuses to share her love, no matter what it costs…
At the limits of fantastic and horror, CRYSTAL NIGHTS is above all a reflection about love in its most destructive forms. Because of its rich content, it is not an easy film: driven by her passion for Heraclitus’s philosophy, the director, Tonia MARKETAKİ, integrates numerous symbols and philosophical references in it.
Based on the Unity of opposites, the film follows the tortuous train of a burning brain. Thanks to the excellent interpretations of the Belgian actor François DELAIVE (MEETING VENUS, A FEW DAYS WITH ME), Michelle VALLEY and Tania TRIPI, CRYSTAL NIGHTS was in official selection at the Cannes Festival in 1992 and won the Olive
d’Argent as well as the Prize for Best Score (composed by Giorgos Papadakis) of the Bastia Film Festival.