Saturday, June 4

10th annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

Saturday, June 4, 12:00 pm

Presented by Athens International Culinary Film Festival

A TOUCH OF SPICE (Politiki Kouzina)
Greece, 2003, 108 min


Director: Tassos Boulmetis
Writer: Tassos Boulmetis
Producer: Tassos Boulmetis
Cast: Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, Renia Louizidou, Themis Panou

“A Touch of Spice” is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require… A Touch of Spice.

* 2003 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Set Design, Best Sound

Sweden, 2015, 13 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Nicolas Kolovos
Producer: Olle Wirenhed
Cast: Kostas Laskos, Vivi Petralidou, Katerina Misichroni

Eleni asks for a fig on her deathbed. Her husband, Kostas goes to the nearest tree to get one, but falls down and breaks his foot. Time is short, and Kostas is old. With one fig in his hand he struggles through the harsh nature to get home in time to fulfill his wife’s last wish.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Golden Dionysus Best Short Film
*2015 Hellenic Film Academy – “Iris” Best Short Film
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Cinequest Film Festival
*2016 Lanzarote Film Festival


Saturday, June 4, 2:30 pm

Greece/ US, 2016, 72 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer: Leonidas Vardaros
Producer: Apostolis Berdebes Non Profit Company

The Colorado Coal War of 1913-14, the deadliest class confrontation in US labor history. A war between miners, led by the United Mine Workers of America, and mine-owners led by Rockefeller, and the unexpected contribution of Greek immigrants

* 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – “Human Values Award” of the Hellenic Parliament

Greece, 2016, 5 min, World Premiere


Director/Writer/Producer: Nektarios Kalogridis

Eastern Dream unspools a visual narrative of refugees leaving a place destroyed by war, and braving an ocean crossing towards a foreign shore, making real the dream of survival and the chance for a better life.

THE TOUCH (To Aggigma)
Greece, 2015, 27 min, North American Premiere


Director: Frosini Koutsouti
Writer: Maria Bareli
Producer: Documentation Research & Action Center of Ikaria

“The Touch” is a short documentary/oral history documentation project on refugee memories from the island of Ikaria during 1941-1946, shared by eight people who were children when World War II broke out. The film combines oral history and visual art to tell a story about the past in the present. Drawing from the cultural and linguistic context of Ikaria, the film invites us «to see» («για δες ») in order to listen, that is, to actively engage in the narration.

*2015 Arteis Fest


Saturday, June 4, 5:00 pm

Australia/New Zealand, 2015, 92 min


Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Alex Lykos
Producer: Murray Fahey
Cast: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Demetriades

What will happen when school teacher Alex brings home Lebanese Muslim lawyer Eve – the
love of his life – to meet his Greek Orthodox parents?

*2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival

Greece, 2016, 13 min, North American Premiere


Director: Amerissa Basta
Writers: Amerissa Basta, Dimitris Nakos
Producer: Angelos Argiroulis
Cast: Alexandra Aidini, Dimitris Gennimatas, Konstantinos Palikaras, Renisa Zogou, Kostas Koroneos, Athanasia Kousoula

Christos, an eight year old boy, aims to go with his girlfriend of the same age, Dimitra to watch a theater play of ‘Romeo and Juliet” at night, as a touring theater troupe has visited their village. But things will not turn out to be that easy for Christos, who will have to overcome obstacles and take brave decisions! A film about art, love, magic and dream!.

*2016 A Fest-Film Gjirocastra


Saturday, June 4, 5:15 pm

FAMILY MEMBER (Melos Ikogenias)
Cyprus, 2015, 104 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer/Producer: Marinos Kartikkis
Cast: Yiola Klitou, Christopher Greco, Fivos Georgiades, Ntora Makrigianni, Ioannis Melekis, Giulio Filippo D’Errico

Giorgos and Sofia can hardly manage their financial situation, when suddenly the grandfather dies in his sleep. They decide, that they should tell no one and continue to collect his money from his pension. If it was so simple…

* 13th Cyprus Film Days
* 22nd Greek Film Festival Australia
* 8th London Greek Film Festival (Best Cinematography Award)
* 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 4th Luxor Arab and European Film Festival
* 19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

Norway, 2015, 15 min, North American Premiere


Director: Alexander Zwart
Writers: Alexander Zwart, Valia Phyllis Zwart
Producer: Valia Phyllis Zwart
Cast: Alexandros Logothetis, Viktoras Sklavounos, Giorgos Bakolas, Sofia Fanisimaki

Vangelis, a shopkeeper in Athens struggles to keep head above water in a country suffering from secular stagnation. Consequently, on his son’s birthday, his desperation leads him to regret.

*2016 London Short Film Festival
*2015 Internazionale O’ Curt
*2015 Kino Kino Stavanger
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Norwegian Short Film Festival

United Kingdom, 2014, 10 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Effie Pappa
Writer: Nina Kouletakis, Miranda Ballesteros, Melissa Iqbal
Producer: Miranda Ballesteros
Cast: Effie Pappa, Jo Ann Kaplan

Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?

* 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival – Best British Animation Award
* 2014 Festival Internacional de Cine Gastronómico Ciudad de La Laguna – Best International Short Film
* 2014 Tokyo Anime Awards – Jury’s Special Award
* 2015 London Independent Film Festival – Best Short Animated Film


Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm

Greece, 2016, 104 min


Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Writer: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Producer: Phaedra Vokali, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Ernst Fassbender, Theodora Valenti, Konstantina Stavrianou, Petros Pappas, Stelios Kotionis, Lasse Scharpen and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Milou Van Groessen, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali, Marcus Collen

On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.

* 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam
* 2016 SXSW Film Festival

Cyprus, 2015, 13 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer: Stelios Kammitsis
Producers: Stelios Kammitsis, Theo Michopoulos, Alkisti Mamali,
Yannis Chalkiadakis, Starvos Makris
Cast: Lydia Fotopoulou, Loykianos Moschonas

On one sunny day in September, as they drive downhill, the missing pieces of the story unravel and the news that has so much upset her is revealed. One thing is for sure, whatever happened must remain a secret.

*2015 Cannes Short Film Corner
*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Screen Play and Best Film with Social Context
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Cyprus International Short Film Festival – Best Cinematography
*2015 Leeds Film Festival – Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition
*2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Saturday, June 4, 8:00 pm

Greece, 2015, 90 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer: Kimon Tsakiris
Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

In the final ‘battle’ of her career, a determined archaeologist – who has dedicated all her life to protecting the cultural and natural environment of the land – has 2 months to salvage as much as possible from an archaeological dig which is planned to be flooded during the construction process of a new dam by the Greek National Power Company.

* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 London Greek Film Festival – Best Documentary

WHITE SHEET (Lefko Sentoni)
Greece, 2014, 19 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer: Sonia Liza Kenterman
Producers: Fenia Cossovitsa, Greek Film Center, Graal S.A.
Cast: Konstantina Takalou, Yvoni Maltezou, David Malteze

In the blistering heat of August, cars pass small, lonely towns. In this deserted landscape is a woman with no destination other than her past.

*2014 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Syros International Film Festival – Best Short Film
*2015 Hellas FilmBox Berlin
*2016 Dresden Film Fest


Saturday, June 4, 10:00 pm

Greece, 2015, 112 min, North America Premiere


Director: Dimitris Tzetzas
Writers: Giannis Georgiou, Dimitris Tzetzas
Producers: Ioannis Tzetzas
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, Alexandros Logothetis, Yannis Stankoglou, Takis Spiridakis, Errikos Litsis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Zoe Laskari, Giorgos Kimoulis, Kostas Nikouli, Alexandra Hasani, Dimitris Liolios.

Politicians who sell off the country for kickbacks, women who fall victims to trafficking and cops who exploit immigrants make up the backdrop for a story of vengeance that is about to bring it all down.

* 2015 Athens International Film Festival


Saturday, June 4, 10:00 pm

Presented by LMU|LA School of Film and Televison & Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

SYMPTOM (Symptoma)
Greece, 2016, 90 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer: Angelos Frantzis
Writer: Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Angelos Frantzis
Producer: The Gardens Filmiki Productions
Cast: Katia Gouloni, Constantine Markoulakis, Michele Valley, Eleni Vergeti, Yiannis Nikolaidis

A peculiar creature appears on a remote, rainy island, wearing a leather jacket and staring with eyes that glow in the darkness. Whoever encounters it, loses their mind. The island’s residents seek help from the only person who seems to possess the strength to confront the creature, the woman will put her faith on test and reveal her hidden relationship with the creature.

* 2016 Istanbul Film Festival
* 2015 56th Thessaloniki Film Festival
* 2015 21st Athens International Film Festival
* 2015 Torino Film Festival

Greece, 2016, 12 min, LA Premiere


Director: Chris Moraitis
Writers: Chris Moraitis, Katerina Filiotou
Producer: Christos Liakouris
Cast: Roberto Grosu, Maria Mandalinou, Vasilis Risvas

Dimitris, the only son of a wealthy family, finds companionship is his pet guinea pig. But when his parents decide to send him to boarding school; the young child is forced to leave compassion behind.

*2016 Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival – Best Short
*2016 Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner