9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Day 5
FOLLOWING SHIRA’S JOURNEY: A GREEK JEWISH ODYSSEY | Australia, 2014, 50 min, US Premiere
The untold story of the Greek Holocaust. History records an 87% loss of Greece’s Jewish population as a result of the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War, and yet the experiences of these once dynamic communities are not widely known.
* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
A NIGHT IN ATHENS | Canada, 2014, 60 min, World Premiere
In Angelo Tsarouchas’ latest one-hour comedy special, he does what no other westernized comedian has done before- he goes back to his ancestral home to perform in front of a sold out audience in Athens, Greece. “A Night In Athens”, takes you on a hilarious ride as Angelo shares many of the challenges he faced growing up Greek in the diaspora. Those experiences have shaped who Angelo is as a man and as a comic. ‘A Night in Athens’ was recorded live while Angelo was in Greece filming a documentary on his life titled ‘Back to Sparta’.
PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE
BLUE TRAIN | United Kingdom, 2014, 15 min, US Premiere
Thirty-year-old Liam, pervaded by a feeling of childhood nostalgia, takes a trip in time, through his phobias and memories, to find his true identity and his Utopian past.
* 2014 Leeds International Film Festival
CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION
XENIA | Greece/France/Belgium, 2014, 128 min, LA Premiere
Director: Panos H. Koutras
Writers: Panos H. Koutras, Panagiotis Evangelidis
Producers: Eleni Kossyfidou, Panos H. Koutras, Alexandra Boussiou, Juliette Lepoutre, Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, Marie-Pierre Macia
Cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Aggelos Papadimitriou, Romanna Lobach, Marissa Triandafyllidou, Yannis Stankoglou, Patty Bravo
Following the death of their mother, two brothers undertake an odyssey from Athens to Thessaloniki in search of the father they have never met, in this wry and affecting road movie from Greek director Panos Koutras
* 2014 Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes
* 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
* 2014 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
* 2015 Hellenic Film Academy Award -Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design