12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

June 4-10, 2018

Saturday, June 9 | 12:00 PM | RIGLER

THE LAST PARTISAN (O Teleftaios Partisanos)
Greece, 2018, 74 min, LA Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Andreas Hadjipateras
Producer: Valerie Kontakos
Cinematographer: Giannis Misouridis, Pantelis Mantzanas
Editor: Chronis Theocharis
Music: Serafim Tsotsonis

M. Gelzos is best known as the man who tore the swastika flag from the Acropolis during the Nazi invasion in 1941. Since then he has often been caught between moments of glory and controversy as he continues to battle for his ideals. With the country in a crushing financial crisis, M. Glezos is back in the limelight.
* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Greece, 2017, 30 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Stavros Stratigakos
Producer: Michalis Dimitrakakos
Cinematographer: Efstratios Theodosiou
Editor: Manos Voumvounidis
Music: Dimitris Palatzidis, Vasilis Papavgeris
Narrator: Yianna Triantafilli

The myth depicts the rape of Europe and her fall into the sea. Now Crete is waiting for Zeus, in love with beautiful Europe. Only the sea, a mirror of the dead, ends at the contemporary European continent, and the nightmare of the future human is depicted as a young girl refugee.

Greece, 2017, 11 min

Director/Writer/Producer: Yorgos Zois
Cast: Pavlos Iordanopoulos

On Lesvos island, an old abandoned dump site lies on a mountain with two big craters, overflowing with thousands of life jackets left from the waves of refugees. It’s only inhabitant: A single worker, wandering alone through a place that resembles an alien planet.
* 2018 Atlanta Film Festival
* 2018 Trieste Film Festival
* 2018 Rotterdam International Film Festival
* 2017 Venice International Film Festival
* 2017 UK Film Festival
* 2017 Cyprus International Short Film Festival
* 2017 International Bosphorus Film Festival

Saturday, June 9 | 2:30 PM | RIGLER

Presented by American Hellenic Council

THE LAST NOTE (To Teleftaio Simioma)
Greece, 2017, 117 min, LA Premiere

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Writer: Ioanna Karystiani, Pantelis Voulgaris
Producer: Yiannis Jakovidis
Cinematographer: Simos Sarketzis
Editor: Takis Giannopoulos
Music: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)
Production Designer: Spyros Laskaris
Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, André Hennicke, Melia Kreiling, Tasos Dimas, Enea Camati, Vassilis Koukalani, Loukas Kiriazis

Following 34-year-old Napoleon Soukatzidis, a Cretan with Asia Minor origins, who fought and was held in prisons and exiled since 1936, this film tells the story of the execution of 200 Greek resistance fighters by the German occupation on May 1, 1944, in Kaisariani.
* 2018 Hellenic Film Academy – Iris Award for Make Up, Sound, Costumes, Best Actor

Saturday, June 9 | 4:00 PM | SPIELBERG

A BUDDY ALREADY DEAD (To ptoma itan nekro)
Greece, 2016, 15 min, US Premiere

Director/Producer: Konstantinos Fragkoulis
Writer: Takis Papanastasiou, Konstantinos Fragkoulis
Cast: Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, George Tzavaras, Ioanna Apostolopoulou, Thanos Alexiou, Fotini Levogianni, Stavros Moiras and Stamatis Polenakis

Apart from one chicken in a freezer, a trumpet teacher also keeps the corpse of his mother. Is there life after death?
* 2017 Grand Off Festival, Warsaw Poland – Nomination for Best Actor
* 2017 Artfools short film festival, Larissa, Greece – Protagonist Special Mention
* 2017 21st Thai Short & Video film festival 2017 – Best International Short Film
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival, Greece
* 2017 Hellas Filmbox Berlin, Germany 2017
* 2017 Clermont Ferrand Digital Library 2017

Greece, 2017, 14 min, North American Premiere

Director/Writer: Yorgos Angelopoulos
Producer: Ioanna Soultani
Cast: Michael Ikonomou, Lissandros Kouroumbalis, Eva Angelopoulou

Seven-year-old Stratis loves fishes, dancing, and cooking. He’s not the strict, athletic boy that his conservative father wants him to be. His father is horrified when Stratis insists that his new goldfish is gay.
* 2017 Olympia I.F.F. – Best Short Film (Children’s Jury)
* 2018 BFI Flare

THE TICKET (To Eisitirio)
Greece, 2017, 17 min, North American Premiere

Director/Writer: Haris Stathopoulos
Producer: Kyriakos Hatzimichailidis
Cast: Dimitra Syrou, Stefanos Mouagkie, Christos Kontogeorgis, Thanasis Chalkias, Elpida Nikolaou, Antonis Stamos

We follow the course of a ticket for public transportation as it passes from hand to hand. Each person that holds the ticket carries his own story and a social problem as well. This reflects a social recording of the Greek crisis.
* 2018 Athens International Digital Film Festival – Best Director Award and Best Female Lead Award
* 2018 20th Ismailia International Film Festival – Best Film Award
* 2017 Drama Short Film Festival – Best Sound and Best Film by the Organization of Greek Cinema Clubs
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival

GO FOR BROKE (Ola Gia Ola)
Greece, 2017, 30 min, World Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Marinos Sklavounakis
Cast: Vassilis Bisbikis, Giannis Economides, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Theodoros Kandiliotis

Michalis is swamped in bank debt and during a desperate attempt to win the required amount – at a poker table, he ends up owing a loan shark. Andreas, Michalis’ friend, wants to help. His only solution, to place a bet…

Greece-USA, 2017, 17 min, U.S. Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Mavra Peponi
Cast: Alexandra Sakellaropoulou

Ten days after the death of her partner, Athina arrives on the Greek island of Skyros to clear out the summer house where they lived together. On the day of her departure and into the night, Athina is still lingering on the porch in front of the empty house, by the edge of the sea.
* 2017 Drama International Short Film Festival
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival
* 2017 International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier
* 2017 Thess International Short Film Festival

United Kingdom, 2017, 11 min, US Premiere

Director: Abbie Lucas
Writer: Billie Vee
Producer: Billie Vee, Anna Davies, Abbie Lucas
Cast: Billie Vee, Cherise Silvestri

A woman is admitted to a private clinic under extremely awkward circumstances. When the need of a blood test arises, the horrific truth of her private life is revealed. Sometimes a glamourous façade can hide the worst abuse.
* 2017 Drama Film Festival – Greeks of the World
* 2018 British Urban Film
* 2018 Hamilton Film Festival
* 2018 Beeston Film Festival
* 2018 Fastnet Film Festival

Saturday, June 9 | 5:00 PM | RIGLER

Norway, 2017, 93 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director: Håvard Bustnes
Writer: Håvard Bustnes, Lars K. Andersen
Producer: Christian Falch, Håvard Bustnes
Cinematographer: Lars Skree, Viggo Knudsen
Editor: Anders Teigen
Music: Jonas Colstrup
Sound Design: Håkon Lammetun

With many prominent members of the far-right Golden Dawn Party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate its message – and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the tongue during interviews. But while they regularly stop the interview to make sure that it went as well as they wanted, director Bustnes just leaves the camera running.
* 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
* 2018 Nordic/Docs
* 2018 Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival
* 2017 IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
* 2018 Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
* 2018 Stockfish European Film Festival
* 2018 Docudays UA – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

ARIA (Aria)
Greece, 2017, 13 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer: Myrsini Aristidou
Producer: Myrsini Aristidou, Robin Robles
Cast: Chrysa Platsatoura, Yiannis Stankoglou, Audrey Giacomini, Takis Spyridakis

When young Aria, a hardworking waitress in Athens, is refused a driving lesson from her father and given his illegal immigrant worker to look after, she makes an unlikely friend and learns more than how to drive a stick shift car.
* 2018 Athens International Film and Video Festival
* 2018 Sundance Film Festival
* 2017 Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy – Emerging Talents
* 2017 Venice International Film Festival – Venice International Film Festival Spotlight
* 2017 Sharm El Sheikh Film Festival – Best Film

Saturday, June 9 | 7:30 PM | RIGLER

Presented by Panicarians Brotherhood of America – Oinoe Chapter

JAMAICA (Tzamaika)
Greece, 2017, 95 min, West Coast Premiere

Director: Andreas Morfonios
Writer: George Feidas
Producer: George Kyriakos, Costas Labropoulos
Cinematographer: Yiannis Drakoularakos
Editor: Labis Charalambidis
Production Designer: Stefanos Katselis
Music: Themis Karamouratidis
Cast: Spyros Papadopoulos, Fanis Mouratidis

Akis and Timos are two siblings who were close during their childhood but ended up growing apart. They are the main heroes of a film that explains the sweeping power of life and the sibling love that overcomes all misunderstandings from the past.
* 2018 NY Greek Film Expo
* 2018 London Greek Film Festival

Saturday, June 9 | 7:30 PM | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG

Greece, 2017, 94 min, West Coast Premiere, Documentary

Director: Tassos Boulmetis
Producer: Makis Angelopoulos, AEK BC
Cinematographer: Yiannis Daskalothanasis
Editor: Lambis Charalambidis
Music: Evanthia Rembutsika
Production Designer: Athinaea Spiliotakos
Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Ieroklis Michailidis
Makeup: Katerina Mihaloutsou

April 4th, 1968. Kallimarmaro Stadium is abuzz with thousands of people gathered and millions listening through their radios. The AEK–Slavia Prague basketball game has just begun. A girl in love is dreaming of her wedding day, while the future husband becomes more desperate with every Greek ball going through the hoop. An elderly husband and wife remember the home they left behind. A young communist prisoner cheers from his jail cell, and a PROPO betting shop becomes the place where old and new wounds resurface. Years before this night, three Constantinopolitans decided to create an athletic union that will tell their story. At the end of this night, Greek history will have changed forever.

Saturday, June 9 | 9:30 PM | SPIELBERG

Presented by CINEMAX

Greece, 2017, 99 min, US Premiere

Director: Alexandros Avranas
Writer: Alexandros Avranas, Costas Peroulis
Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Cinematographer: David Pimm
Editor: Christos Yannakopoulos
Sound: Nikos Bougioukos
Sets: Jacqueline Abrahams
Cast: Eleni Rousinou, Christos Loulis, Célestine Aposporis, Manos Vakousis, Nikos Hatzopoulos, Maria Skoula, Reni Pittaki, Penelope Markopoulou, Stefanos Kosmidis, Vicky Tsirou

A couple hires a young migrant to be their surrogate mother and moves her to their beautiful villa. While the man is away for work, his wife and the girl start to bond and enjoy the wealthy way of life. But behind her forced cheerfulness, the woman seems more and more depressed. After a few drinks with the girl, she goes for a drive. The next morning, her husband gets a call: his wife is dead, her burned body was found in her wrecked car.
* 2107 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2017 San Sebastian International FIlm Festival
* 2017 Zagreb Film Festival

Greece, 2017, 19 min, West Coast Premiere

Director: Manolis Mavris
Writer: Manolis Mavris, Katerina Mavrogeorgi
Producer: Mando Stathi, Myrto Stathi, Manolis Kontarinis
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Haris Fragoulis, Nikolitsa Ntrizi

The unexpected encounter of two strangers, and their agreement while waiting for a cab to share, becomes the motive for the anatomy of a relationship. From the moment they enter the taxi, the driver reveals that the two passengers know each other and they have a common past, leading the couple to new landscapes of desire.
* 2018 Tim Thorpe Independent Film Festival – Best Short Film – Best Director Short Nomination
* 2018 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
* 2017 BFI London Film Festival London
* 2017 National Short Film Festival in Drama – Greek Society of Cinematographers Award, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Film Editing)
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival

Saturday, June 9 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER

Greece, 2017, 98 min, U.S. Premiere

Director/Writer: Dimitris Tsilifonis
Producers: Kostas Lambropoulos, Andreas Tsilifonis, Yorgos Kyriakos
Cinematographer: Angelos Papadopoulos
Editor: Lampis Charalampidis
Music: Chris Christodoulou
Production Designer: Maria Papadimitrou
Cast: Konstantinos Aspiotis, Makis Papadimitriou, Themis Panou

A small time crook agrees to star in a viral video which can restore the public image of a prominent businessman. What he didn’t expect is that he would end up fighting for his life after the video’s director, a powerful gangster, decides he is an expendable part of his plan. Without much help to count on, this crook needs to find a way out, and he needs to do it himself.
* 2018 Hellenic Film Academy – Iris Award for special Effects, Editing
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Greece, 2017, 14 min

Director/Writer/Producer: Christos Massalas
Cast: Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone—in every possible way.
* 2018 Hellenic Film Academy – Iris Award for Best Short Film
* 2017 AFI Fest
* 2017 Cannes Film Festival
* 2017 Reykjavik International Film Festival – Best International Short
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival – Best Film Greek short stories in competition
* 2017 Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Best International Short