12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

June 4-10, 2018

Friday, June 8 | 3:30 PM | RIGLER

France, Greece, 2016, 52 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director: Maria Douza
Writer: Ersi Sotiropoulou
Producer: Olga Prud’Hommes Farges, Michael Sarantinos, Maria Kontogianni
Cast: Vangelio Andreadaki, Kostis Vasardanis, Ellen Collins, Kaiti Konstantinou
Cinematographer: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor: Yiannis Kostavaras
Costume: Penelope Babou
Music: Beatrice Thiriet
Sound: Nasos Tsialtαs

“Thission Cinema” is one of the oldest open air cinemas in Athens operating continuously since 1935. Despite its proximity to the Acropolis and the touristy frenzy that surrounds it, “Thission” remains stubbornly timeless exuding an old Athenian aroma, from the time when modern city and ancient ruins co-existed in mutual indifference.
* 2018 International Peloponnesian Documentary Festival
* 2017 ERT2, Cosmote TV
* 2017 Cosmote TV
* 2017 International Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Greece, 2018, 11 min, World Premiere

Director/Writer: Yiannis Georgioudakis
Producer: Michael Noble
Cast: Dimitris Pleionis, Olympia Vaggelatou

A man arrives in a big city with an address to track down. Without a smartphone, he asks anybody he can find for help. With so many people around him, surely there must be at least one person to talk to…

Greece, 2017, 29 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Steven Gekas
Cast: Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Iliana Mavromati, Kostas Xikominos

A man stuck in a boring life, lacking agency, develops a fascination with Humphrey Bogart, leading to a transformation into the renowned film noir actor’s persona.
* 2017 Five Continents International Film Festival – Best Comedy, Best Soundtrack
* 2017 Alternative Film Festival – Best Comedy
* 2017 Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival
* 2017 Drama Film Festival

Friday, June 8 | 5:30 PM | RIGLER

Presented by Astro Burgers

United States, 2018, 71 min, Los Angeles Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Joanna James
Producers: Joanna James, Katy Jordan, Anastasia Ganias Gellin
Cinematographer: Robert Featherstone
Editor: Russell Greene and Joanna James
Music: Petros Kamplanis

A Fine Line explores why only 6% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women hearing from world-renowned chefs such as Greece’s Official Ambassador of Gastronomy Maria Loi. Following the personal story of a Greek American, small-town restaurateur with a larger than life personality Valerie James, and how she beat the odds while raising two kids.
* 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2018 Womens Film Festival
* 2018 Bettonville Film Festival
* 2017 Globe Docs Film Festival
* 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival

HEARTS FOR DINNER (Kardies gia fagoma)
Greece, 2017, 21 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Renee Koutoula
Producer: Maria Repousi
Cast: Ioanna Bakalakou, Despoina Papazoglou, Nikolas Lambrou

An Albanian immigrant lives in a Greek village with her husband. With her son away at college, she works as a domestic servant for her cousin. One day, she is assigned a task that proves to be more difficult than it would seem. The struggle forces her to redefine the values in her life.
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival
* 2017 Drama International Short Film Festival

Friday, June 8 | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG

Germany, Greece, 2017, 88 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director: Asteris Kutulas
Writer/Producer: Asteris & Ina Kutulas
Co-Producers: Schott Music, Yannis Sakaridis, ERT TV
Cinematographer: Mike Geranios
Editor: Cleopatra Dimitriou & Yannis Sakaridis
Music Mix & Mastering: Alexandros Karozas
Art Director: Achilleas Gatsopoulos

Dance Fight Love Die is an exuberant visual epic: a poetic road movie from the cosmos of composer Mikis Theodorakis (Z, Canto General, Serpico, Zorba The Greek). He is the ingenious enfant terrible of our recent European musical history, who inspired millions around the world, a standout artist shaped by his dramatic century, a man who made history.
*2018 London Greek Film Festival
*2018 German, Swiss, Austrian National Distribution
*2017 Hof – International Film Festival

Friday, June 8 | 7:45 PM | RIGLER

Presented by Puritan Bakery

Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, 2017, 88 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer: Christos Georgiou
Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Birgit Kemner, Costas Lambropoulos, Christos Georgiou
Cinematographer: Yorgos Giannelis
Editor: Aliki Panagi
Music: Kostantis Papakonstantinou
Cast: Nefeli Kouri, Dimitris Imellos, Mirto Alikaki

When George runs out of the police riot bus and sees his daughter among the demonstrators facing him, he and his wife decide that father and daughter should go to their country home for a few days, to keep her safe and see if they can salvage their relationship.
* 2018 Palm Springs IFF
* 2018 Seattle IFF
* 2017 Sao Paulo IFF

Greece, 2017, 19 min, West Coast Premiere

Director/Writer: Faidon Gkretsikos
Producer: Faidon Gkretsikos / Giorgos Georgopoulos
Cast: Boyko Paskalev, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Maria Baloutsou

During the summer World Cup 11-year old Boyko will do anything to obtain “Brazuca”, the Official World Cup ball, in order to prevent his friends from using him only as a goalkeeper.
* 2018 Boston International Film Festival
* 2018 Montclair Film Festival
* 2018 Hamburg International Short Film Festival
* 2017 National Short Film Festival in Drama – Special Jury Mention
* 2017 TiSFF – Thess International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement Award

Friday, June 8 | 9:30 PM | SPIELBERG

Cyprus, 2017, 112 min, North America Premiere

Director/Writer: Adonis Florides
Producer: Marios Piperides
Cinematographer: Yiorgos Rahmatoulin
Editor: Stylianos Constandinou
Music: Costas Cacoyannis
Production Design: Andreas Antoniou
Cast: Yiannis Kokkinos, Andreas Vassiliou, Niovi Charalambous, Androulla Erakleous, Marios Ioannou, Christoforos Christoforou, Popi Avraam

A burned out soap opera writer, under pressure to deliver new episodes, turns his gaze upon his dysfunctional neighbors. Transforming their tragic everyday encounters into a light-hearted serial, he gets more than the inspiration he bargained for.
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Best Film
* 2017 Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival – Best Film

Greece, 2017, 16 min, U.S. Premiere

Director/Writer: Despoina Kourti
Producers: Hara Vlahou, Despoina Kourti
Cast: Fotini Baxevani, Ilias Moulas, Kostas Laskos

Ourania is a middle-aged woman who has neglected herself. However, the sudden appearance of an unknown young man may help her rediscover her lost feminine nature.
* 2018 30rd Dresden FilmFest International Short Film Festival
* 2017 40th Drama International Short Film Festival-Best Female Director, Actress in a Leading Role, Greek Film Center Award, Best Movie Award from the Greek Association of Film Critics.
* 2017 Athens International Film-Best Screenplay for A Short Film
* 2017 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Friday, June 8 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER

Presented by Marcus & Millichap

Greece, 2017, 105 min, West Coast Premiere

Director/Writer: Vasilis Christofilakis
Producer: Eleni Petritsi, Tasos Gouriotis, Vasilis Christofilakis
Cinematographer: Pavlos Mavrikidis
Editor: Giorgos Alefantis
Music: Constantinos Evangelidis
Cast: Vasilis Christofilakis, Kitty Paitazoglou, Nicol Drizi, Lena Ouzounidou

After the failure of his previous film, Gay Nazi Cyborg Zombies in Love, Vasilis will do whatever it takes to earn money for his next film. Meanwhile, those around him will fill the young, anxious director with concerns, and he will barely be able to survive in this hilarious Greek comedy.
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Greek Film, GFC Award for Best Debut Film, ERT New Cinema Award
* 2018 BAFICI
* 2018 Cyprus Film Days IFF
* 2018 ECU Paris Independent Film Festival
* 2018 New York Greek Film Expo

Greece, 2017, 23 min, North American Premiere

Director: Giannis Haritidis
Writer: Thanos Tokakis
Producer: Fanis Karagiorgos, Giannis Haritidis, Thanos Tokakis
Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Irini Boudali, Maria Tsima, Christos Sapountzis

In a few days Minas is going to participate in a TV show called “Talent of the Year.” A film crew follows him in his everyday life interviewing him and those closest to him until the big day of the show. Minas must win to fulfill his dream. What is his talent? He is a cowboy in Athens.
* 2017 Drama International Film Festival
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival – Best Male Actor in Short Film