12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

June 4-10, 2018

Thursday, June 7 | 4:00 PM | RIGLER

THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT (H Metamesonyxtia Grammi)
Cyprus, 2015, 14 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Andreas Kyriacou
Cast: Christodoulos Martas, Chris Greco, Yiola Klitou, Marios Ioannou

A man on the run takes cover as a taxi driver on the midnight shift. Soon he discovers that things are not what they seem when he picks up a mysterious figure as a client…
* 2017, Sarajevo Film Festival – HBO Award for Best Series Concept
* 2016, International Film Festival of Athens
* 2016, Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Festival – Silver Award Winner

THE ROOSTER’S CAGE (La Jaula del Gallo)
USA, 2017, 7 min, World Premiere

Director/Producer: Carina Rosanna Tautu

A cage can be one’s world or the world can be one’s cage. The intimate, human details of cockfighting events in Lamas, Peru, reveal the inhumanity of such an activity not by confrontation or critique, but by a slowly unfolding, compassionate and detached revelation.

Greece, 2018, 10 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Eirini Vianelli
Cast: Josh Shaffner, Miranda Khan

Icebergs is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd. It is based on the book “Scenes” by award-winning screenwriter Efthymis Filippou.
* 2018 Slamdance Film Festival
* 2018 Oberhausen Film Festival
* 2018 San Francisco Film Festival

Greece, 2017, 11 min, West Coast Premiere

Director/Writer: Jacqueline Lentzou
Producer: Jacqueline Lentzou, Vicky Miha
Cast: Melchor Lopez, Jerahmeel Zsara Lopez, Kirsten Tisha Luis, Jessafe Agsi

Jay wakes up in Manila, yet he dreamed of Athens. He has a nightmare with special quest: to save his two daughters from a special surgery: their houses are on them, and they need to be removed. He roams around Athens’ cityscape, seeing things under a very different light, while he narrates his dream to his wife.
* 2018 Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway International – Raskin Spirit Festival Award
* 2017 Berlinale, Germany Short Film Competition
* 2017 Psarokokalo – Athens International Short Film Festival, Greece – Audience Award
* 2017 THESS International Short Film Festival Thessaloniki, Greece

9 TO 5
Greece, 2017, 12 min, LA Premiere

Director: Filippos Tsapekis
Writer: Katerina Tsoumpa, Filippos Tsapekis
Producer: Stamatis Athanassoulas, Stavroula Dimitriadou
Cast: Kora Karvouni, Yiannis Papadopoulos

9 TO 5 is a dystopian dark comedy about a young man returning home from work. As he is pulled over by the authorities his life will change dramatically.
* 2017 Short Film Festival in Drama
* 2017 New York Film Award – Best Original Story, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography
* 2017 Top Shorts Film Festival – Best director, Best Original Story
* 2017 Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest – Best Editing

USA, 2018, 9 min, World Premiere

Director: Caryn Waechter
Writer: Meredith Littas
Producer: Meredith Littas, Janet Schmidt & Jonathan Biebl
Cast: Ana Grace Knight

In Escape, a moment triggers a memory which sets off a flood of memories all interconnected.
It is a true story about a woman who overcomes past trauma to reach empowerment. It depicts the cycle of abuse, and how the main character breaks free in order to save herself. You can be your own hero. Let the truth begin.

6:00 PM
USA, 2018, 17 min, World Premiere

Director/Writer: Savvas Christou
Producer: Melissa Gutierrez, Amari Agee
Cast: Jolene Andersen, Ethan McDowell

After she got the worst news that will change her life and her career, a famous singer, struggles to commit suicide in a remote bar, but soon enough she realizes that it is not up to her anymore

Thursday, June 7 | 4:00 PM | SPIELBERG

NIKOS MAMANGAKIS, THE LAST WORD (Nikos Mamangakis, logos telefteos)
Greece, 2018, 63 min, LA Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Takis Sakellariou
Producer: Periklis Papadimitriou
Cinematographer: Aristotelis Metaxas
Editor: Angeliki Xipolia

Nikos Mamangakis speaks from his heart for the last time. Familiar and unknown, international and local, elitist and popular, he served many musical genres and left behind emblematic works. Unique salvaged pieces from his last concert and the rehearsals are included, important audiovisual material, framing 84 years of musical life, a heritage of passion for the human, art and life.
* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Greece, 2017, 13 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Katerina Yiannakopoulou
Producer: Manolis Kontarinis, Katerina Yiannakopoulou, ERT
Cast: Vasilis Koukalani, Dimitris Fragkioglou

Thanasis in the lighthouse and Rosalia in her cage. They live for their freedom.
* 2017 Drama Short Film Festival
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival

Thursday, June 7 | 6:30 PM | RIGLER

Presented by West Coast Investors

POLYXENI (Polykseni)
Greece, 2017, 100 min, West Coast Premiere

Director/Writer/Editor: Dora Masklavanou
Producer: Fenia Cossovitsa
Cinematographer: Claudio Bolivar GSC
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Production Designer: Giorgos Geogiou
Cast: Katia Goulioni, Ozgur Emre Yildirim, Lydia Fotopoulou, Akyllas Karazissis

In 1955, a couple of prominent Greek-Istanbulites adopt an orphan Greek girl from the town of their origin. They offer her a powerful family name and ensure her devotion. She embarks on a new life towards a bright future. Time passes, and the girl grows up, unaware of the devious plan that has been set behind her back.
* 2018 Hellenic Film Academy – Iris Award for Cinematography, Original Music, Best Actress, Supporting Actress
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Thursday, June 7 | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG

Denmark-Greece, 2017, 82 min, U.S. Premiere

Director: Gabriel Tzafkas
Writers: Gabriel Tzafkas, Arne Gronbaek
Producers: Panagiotis Kakavias, Katerina Beligianni, Theis Norgaard, Michel Bille Frandsen
Cinematographer: David Bauer
Editor: Soren Ebbe
Music: Sofie Birk, Asbjørn Derdau
Production Designer: Mille Fischer Christiansen
Cast: Jens Sætter Lassen, Neel Rønholt, Olaf Johannessen, Vibeke Hastrup

The night of their marriage, newlywed couple Jacob and Lisa drive away for their honeymoon somewhere in the countryside of Denmark. However, Jacob has no idea where they are going as Lisa has made all the preparations secretly. Everything goes according to plan until Lisa realizes that her plan is harming their love, and their faith is turning into fear.
* 2018 Göteborg International Film Festival
* 2017 Copenhagen Film Festival
* 2017 São Paulo International Film Festival
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2017 Cairo International Film Festival

KALINIXTA (Kalinixta)
Greece, 2017, 35 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Thanos Kermitsis
Producer: Varvara Kontoni, Christos Kyriakopoulos
Cast: George Triantafyllidis, Tasos Dedes, George Chouliaras,Natasa Exintaveloni

Greece is now fully in ruins. Everyone is trying to survive at any cost after the disaster—everyone but Kostas, who, along with his friend Tassos, is looking for Vicky. The only thing that keeps Kostas in his senses is his love for Vicky, and when Greeks are in love, survival comes second.
* 2018 Athens International Digital Film Festival – Honourable Mention
* 2017 Drama International Short Film Festival – Best Sets Award, “Motive” Award from the Greek Film Centre
* 2017 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (not screened) – Best Foreign Short
* 2017 Tisff- Thess International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement Award
* 2017 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2017 Athens International Film Festival

Thursday, June 7 | 8:30 PM | RIGLER

United States, 2018, 80 min, Los Angeles Premiere, Documentary

Director: Lefteris Charitos
Writers: Yuri Averof, Lefteris Charitos
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Estelle Robin You, Ed Barreveld
Cinematographer: Stelios Apostolopoulos
Editor: David Kazala
Music: Mathieu Lamboley

Dolphin Man tells the extraordinary story and legacy of free-diver Jacques Mayol, whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult-movie The Big Blue. Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr, the film draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey from Japan to Europe, India and the Bahamas, while immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving.
* 2018 Hellenic Film Academy – Iris Award for First time Director, Best Documentary
* 2018 Screenwave International Film Festival
* 2018 European First Film Fest
* 2018 Miami Film Festival
* 2017 Tokyo Film Festival
* 2017 Thessaloniki Film Festival
* 2017 Marseille Aquatic Festival