Friday June 9

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


Friday, June 9 | 3:30 PM | RIGLER

Eventbrite - LETTERS FROM ATHENS: Friday, June 9 | 3:30 PM | RIGLER

LETTERS FROM ATHENS (Briefe aus Athen)
Germany/France, 2017, 88 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director/Screenwriter: Timon Koulmasis
Producer: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Director of Photography: Odysseas Pavlopoulos
Editor: Aurique Delannoy
Music Composer: Eric Demarsan

With the German Occupation in Greece (1941-1944) as a background, this film tells the love story between the filmmaker’s father, an assistant professor at the mysterious German Scientific Institute of Athens, a refuge for resistant students.

*2017 Hellas Filmbox Berlin
*2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival


Friday, June 9 | 5:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE SCREENING

Eventbrite - LIMBO: Friday, June 9 | 5:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE SCREENING

France/Greece, 2016, 30 min

Director/Screenwriter: Konstantina Kotzamani
Producers: Ron Dyens, Maria Draski
Director of Photography: Yorgos Karvelas
Editor: Yannis Chalkiadakis
Music Composer: Lawrence English
Principal Cast: Felix Margenfeld, Aggelos Ntanos, Lucjano Cani

The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…

*2016 Festival de Cannes
*2016 Palm Springs International Short Films – Future Filmmaker Award


Friday, June 9 | 5:30 PM | RIGLER | FREE SCREENING

Eventbrite - OUR OWN MARIA CALLAS: Friday, June 9 | 5:30 PM | RIGLER | FREE SCREENING

OUR OWN MARIA CALLAS (I diki mas Maria Kallas)
Greece, 2016, 95 min, West Coast Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Babis Tsokas
Producer: Babis Tsokas, Messiniaki Amfiktyonia, Thema Film
Director of Photography: Babis Tsokas
Production Designer: Babis Tsokas
Editor: Babis Tsokas

This Maria Callas dramatized documentary is a voyage to the mythical world of Maria Callas, the soprano we all know. Her life was one with the roles she interpreted, Medea, Norma, etc. Drama rules supreme. The glory from her art only gives way to the love for life. Rejection, pain, loneliness follow. Towards the end she returns to Greece. This film required the selfless work of hundreds of volunteers, while it was filmed in Neohorion Oihalias, place of origin of Maria Callas, Meligala, Kalamata, Tripoli, Athens, New York City, Verona, Milano, Paris and the island of Scorpio.

*2017 Montreal Greek Film Festival


Friday, June 9| 6:00 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Eventbrite - The New Reality of Distribution - Panel: Friday, June 9| 6:00 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

The New Reality of Distribution – Panel

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Join us for an engaging panel where active film professionals discuss the latest trends of creative distribution. What audience potential does a film have, how to reach it, and what do the multiple platforms really offer. The challenges and opportunities.
Panelists: Sundance Creative Distribution Fellow Producer Alysa Nahmias (UNREST), Alamo LA Creative Director Bret Berg, Heretic’ s Sales Agent Ioanna Stais.
-Creative and strategic advisor Missy Laney will be moderating the discussion-


Friday, June 9 | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG


THE ARTIST VASSILIS THEOCHARAKIS (O Kallitechnis Vassilis Theocharakis)
Greece, 2017, 84 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Director of Photography: Yannis Vamvakas
Editor: Michalis Tzaris
Music Composer: Antonis Vamvakas

The great love affair of well-known businessman, Vassilis Theocharakis, with painting and his devotion to it for over half a century, made him unique, because he succeeded in both realms – business and art.

*2017 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
*2017 London Greek Film Festival – Special Portrait Documentary Jury Award


Friday, June 9 | 7:45 PM | RIGLER

Eventbrite - LINES & HELGA IS IN LUND: Friday, June 9 | 7:45 PM | RIGLER

LINES (Grammes)
Greece, 2016, 88 min, North American Premiere

Director/Writer: Vassilis Mazomenos
Producer: Vassilis Mazomenos, Horme Pictures
Production Designer: Mihalis Samiotis
Cinematographer: Giorgos Papandrikopoulos
Editor: Thanos Koutsandreas
Music: Michael Nivoliantis, Alexandros Christaras:
Cast: Anna Kalaitzidou, Tasos Nousias, Themis Panou, Thanassis Chalkias, Thodoros Katsafados, Kostas Berikopoulos, Vassilis Georgosopoulos

Greece today. Seven different stories about seven persons who have already reached their limits and finally fall apart. Despite their seemingly obvious connection they are simultaneously connected through a common desperate action: the last phone call to the psychological support center called ‘life line’. It’s their last hope.

*2017 Bengaluru International Film Festival
*2017 Fantasporto Director’s week competition
*2016 Tallinn Main competition Black Nights Film Festival

HELGA IS IN LUND (Helga Är I Lund)
Greece, 2016, 20 min, US Premiere

Director/Screenwriter: Thelyia Petraki
Screenwriter: Alex Esslin
Producer: Kostas Tagalakis
Music Composer: Mary lo, Frederic Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi
Principal Cast: Helena Topalidou, Michelle Valley, Nikos Flessas

A woman, her doctor, a piano student, a man, his wife and a cat. What connects these people? What separates them? Who is Helga? Where is Lund?

*2016 Athens International Film Festival – Best Female Lead Actress
*2017 Clermont Ferrand Film Festival


Friday, June 9 | 9:00 PM | SPIELBERG

Eventbrite - THE PATRIARCH’S ROOM & NIPENTHES: Friday, June 9 | 9:00 PM | SPIELBERG

Canada/Israel, 2016, 85 min, West Coast Premiere, Documentary

Director/Producer: Danae Elon
Producer: Paul Cadieux
Director of Photography: Itamar Mendes Flohr
Production Designer: Eva Goulakou
Editor: Itamar Mendes Flohr
Music Composer: Peter Venne

The Patriarch of the Greek Church in Jerusalem is imprisoned in his room for over a decade. Demoted to the rank of a simple monk after being accused of selling church lands to Jewish Settlers; he claims his innocence.

*2016 Doc Aviv – Best Researched Film, Special Mention of the European Critique Circle
*2017 New York Jewish Film Festival
*2017 Toronto Jewish Film Festival – Best Documentary Film Award
*2017 Wales International Film Festival


Greece, 2016, 14 min, US Premiere

Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Jon Simvonis
Director of Photography: Christina Moumouri
Production Designers: Stathia Raftopoulou, Eleni Kariori
Editor: Christos Giannakopoulos
Principal Cast: Christos Apostolopoulos, Olga Tournaki, Anna Kozadinou, Eleni Naka

A commune of elderly people deals with the death of one of its members. Through the walls of an abandoned commune, a thread runs knitting the moments of the silent individuals accompanying the deceased while his death suit is prepared. 

*2016 22nd Drama International Short Film Festival – Cinematography, Art Direction Awards
*2016 Athens International Film Festival
*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Friday, June 9 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER

Eventbrite - SMAC & BALLROOM BOYS: Friday, June 9 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER

Greece, 2015, 110 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer: Elias Demetriou
Producer: Ammos Films, Elias Demetriou, Panos Bisdas, Panos Papadopoulos,
Production Designer: Giorgos Zervas
Cinematographer: Pantelis Mantzianas
Editor: Elias Demetriou
Music: Christina Georgiou
Cast: Evangelia Andreadaki, Yiannis Kokiasmenos, Stavroula Kontopoulou

A dying woman brings home a homeless man trying to overcome her fear of death to discover that it’s not her death that she fears most.

*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
*2016 Athens Outview Film Festival – Audience Award
*2016 Cyprus Film Days – Audience Award
*2017 Greek Film Academy – Nominated for Best Greek Film, Best DIrector, Best Screenplay, Won Best Actress Award

UK, 2016, 14 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director: Michael Stylianou
Producer: Candi Bloxham
Director of Photography: Jackie Teboul
Editor: Laura Spini
Principal Cast: Lemington Riley, Nejc Jus

Tensions arise as Lemington and Nejc train for the European Ballroom Championships in Blackpool. Will their relationship survive?

*2016 Cyprus Film Festival