Wednesday June 7 Opening Night

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


Wednesday, June 7 | 7:00 PM | RIGLER

Eventbrite - OPENING NIGHT: AMERIKA SQUARE & 4.1 MILES with Courtyard Reception

AMERIKA SQUARE (Plateia Amerikis)
Greece/UK/Germany, 2016, 86 min, West Coast Premiere

Director: Yannis Sakaridis
Writer: Yannis Tsirbas, Vangelis Mourikis,Yannis Sakaridis
Producer: Yannis Sakaridis, Nikkos J. Frangos, George Th Lemos, Venia Vergou
Production Designer: Alexia Theodoraki
Cinematographer: Jan Vogel
Editor: Yannis Sakaridis
Music: Minos Matsas
Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Makis Papadimitriou, Vassilis Kukalani, Ksenia Dania, Alexandros, Themis Bazaka, Errikos Litsis

Amerika Square is a Square in Athens. It’s the Casablanca of our times. A triptych revealing the opposing forces of today’s humanitarian challenges. Two friends, Billy, a tattoo artist and Nakos, a “banal” Greek racist, come head to head in Amerika Square in Athens because of the survival journey of Tarek, a Syrian refugee.

*2017 Trieste Film Festival – Erasmus Jury Award
*2017 Beijing International Film Festival – Audience Award
*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award
*2016 Busan International Film Festival

Greece, 2016, 26 min, Documentary

Director/Producer: Daphne Matziaraki
Cinematographer/Editor: Daphne Matziaraki
Music: William Ryan Fritch

A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.

*2016 43rd Annual Student Film Awards – Best Documentary Award
*2017 89th Academy Awards – Best Documentary Short Subject (nominated)

Opening Night Performance by Athena Andreadis
Featuring Michael Chaves

Celebrated by the Guardian as “a rare diamond,” Athena Andreadis keeps touching peoples’ hearts with her powerful voice.

Invited to join Leonard Cohen as a featured guest vocalist on what would be his final album, You Want It Darker, Andreadis sings the Greek-influenced, hauntingly beautiful, “Traveling Light.” Her debut US album release, Ready for The Sun released in 2017 to rave reviews, including the Huffington Post hailing Athena’s voice as “both heartwarming and majestic”. (Read More)
Presented by Gold Patron, G.P. Kolovos & Associates and Silver Patron, Earth Friendly Products

Opening Night Reception in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre to follow the screening
Greek delicacies and wines by Petros