WRITERS GUILD THEATER
135 S. Doheny Drive
Free parking available adjacent to the theater
Note: (*) indicates English subtitles
WE STAND ALONE: NEW GREEK CINEMA
We stand on the threshold of universal change. Greeks are among the reluctant players of this wave, just as they have often been in the past when the turning forces destroyed traditions, broke down customs, and brought about new institutions and ideas. But those who are caught in the torrents of the times are called to step away from the known and the usual – and respond. Necessity, violence, suffering – they move the artists of the world not only to reveal the truth of what has gone wrong and why, but also to act as beacons of hope for what may go right.
Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world – their aesthetic antennae vibrating in sync with the living forces of here and now – challenge us to look beyond our familiar horizon into the age of the future.
THEY GLOW IN THE DARK (Lampoun sto Skotadi)
Greece, 2013, 69 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Cinematography: Panagiotis Evangelidis
Producers: Amanda Livanou, Panagiotis Evangelidis
Two HIV-positive middle-aged gay friends barely make a living in post-Katrina New Orleans by selling hand-made figures of the Cajun pantheon. Their extravagant past lives fade before their present commitment to survive together until death do them part.
*15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Fipresci Prize
MIGUEL ALVAREZ WEARS A WIG*
Mexico/USA, 2012, 16 min
Director/Writer: Araceli Lemos
Producer: Giulia Caruso
Cast: Felipe Cortes, Jose A. Solorio, Maria Carlton, Eva Walker, Pasqual Torres
In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, a man is faced with having to cross to the ultimate other side: He has cancer.
THE DAUGHTER (I Kori)*
Greece/Italy, 2012, 87 min, LA Premiere
Presented by Tina & George Kolovos, G. P. Kolovos & Associates
Italian Cultural Institute of LA
Italians in Film
Director: Thanos Anastopoulos
Writers: Thanos Anastopoulos, Vassilis Giatsis
Producers: Fantasia LTD, Mansarda Production
Cast: Myrto Alimani, Aggelos Papadimas Father Symeonidis, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Ornela Kapetani, Theodora Tzimou
When a 14-year-old girl finds out that her father has fled to avoid his debts, she kidnaps the 8-year-old son of her father’s business partner. The Greek economic crisis touches and changes forever many facets of the family’s nucleus. How will the new generation react? How is it reacting?
*2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Forum Screening
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
EXIT K1 (Exodos K!)
Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Janis Rafailidou
Cast: Irfan Mouhamad Arif, Takis Spiridakis
An off-road journey into the world of clandestine immigrants in the suburbs of Athens, where nostalgia takes the form of decorated pigeons.
Greece, 2012, 20min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Leonardo Cariglino
Production Company: Motel de Ville
Cast: Stella Ermi, Xaralambos Devetzis, Paulos Melikidis, Efi Bairaktaridou
USA, 1963, 174 min
Elia Kazan Tribute presented by Kary Antholis and Cinemax
Community Partner: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Director/Writer: Elia Kazan
Cast: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam
At the end of the 19th century in a small village in Turkey, when oppression against the Greek minority increases, a father, plotting his family’s escape, sends his young son to Constantinople to make money and get the family to join him. But the son’s own dream is different: America…
*1964 Academy-Award winner, Best Art Direction (B&W)
*1964 Academy-Award nominations for: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Elia Kazan