Friday, June 6 2014

8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

As Greece is still grappling with the aftermath of an unprecedented crisis, the upheaval of Greek society is represented in much of the current Greek Cinema, leading its artists beyond the known and the safe. This year’s films reflect the continued search for answers and solutions while pointing out the absurdity of the status quo. Social, personal, identities, borders, morals, values, are all entities to be discussed, questioned and rediscovered. What makes this year’s programming even more special are two key trends that make their presence felt: The strong participation of female filmmakers whose works we are proud to include this year, and the many submissions of first time-directors; almost half of our films are by first-time-at-the-helm efforts of young filmmakers, illuminating the way to a brighter future.

Friday, June 6, 4:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

TO THE WOLF
(Sto lyko)
Greece/UK/France, 2013, 74 min, LA Premiere
New Greek Cinema
Presented by Cinemax

Directors/Writers/Producers/DP/Editor: Aran Hughes, Christina Koutsospyrou
Production Company: Linel Films, French Kiss Production
Cast: Giorgos Katsaros, Ilias Katsaros, Spiridoula Katsarou, Adam Paxnis, Kiki Paxni, Vasiliki Spiropoulou
Print Source: Linel Films, Aran Hughes, info@linelfilms.com
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The daily struggle of two families of shepherds trying to survive in the wilderness of the Greek mountains while the financial crisis has bottomed out.

* 2013 Berlinale (Forum)
* 2013 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2013 Dokufest (Balkan Newcomer Award)
* 2013 DocLisboa (Special Mention)

MAASAI
Greece, 2014, 16 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer: Harry Lagoussis
Producer: Lelia Andronikou
Cast: Youlika Skafida, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Nikos Georgakis
Print Source: Faliro House Productions, Greg Tselentis, info@falirohouse.com
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Two brothers sit in a waiting room while their mother is having surgery for an unknown reason. Their reactions, their thoughts, and their behavior are completely different. There’s much on ice between them.

* 2014 Aspen Shortsfest – Official selection

Friday, June 6, 6:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

DOLLARS FOR A SAINT
(Ta dolaria tou aghiou)
Greece, 2013, 57 min, US Premiere, Documentary
Presented by the Hellenic University Club

Director/Writer: Avra Georgiou
Writers: Pinelopi Kouvara, Grigoris Rentis
Producer: Jan Rofekamp
Production Companies: Film Transit International, Authorwave, Savefrag, Arte Geie
Cinematographer: Olympia Mytilinaiou
Editor: Grigoris Rentis
Print Source: Avra Georgiou, avrasavra@yahoo.com
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Messolonghi is a small coastal town inhabited by both local Greek and Gypsies for centuries. Once a year then, during the Feast of St. Simeon, they all engage in a five-day exhausting festival of dances, parades, food and drink… and that brings them even closer.

* 2014 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

TRAVEL EXPRESS
Greece, 2013, 23 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Natassa Xydi
Producer: Nikos Moustakas
Cast: Eleana Stravodimou, Zack Momoh.
Print Source: Natassa Xydi, ntssoula@gmail.com
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Margarita is about to take a holiday trip to a Greek island. When she misses the boat, she finds herself traveling much further away.

* 2013 36th Drama Short Film Festival (Special Mention)
* 2013 19th Athens International

ANNA
Cyprus, 2012, 23 min, US Premiere

Director: Spiros Charalambous
Writer: Theo Panayides
Producers: Andros Achilleos, Harris Charalambous
Cast: Spiros Stavrinides, Imee Lysandrou, Elena Efstathiou, Marios Dimitriou
Print Source: Aristarchos Papadaniel, aristarchos@syllipsis.com.gr

Michalis, a sick angry 85 year-old man, keeps calling Anna. Mairy, his Philippine caregiver, soon finds out that Anna is not just a character from Michalis’ favorite soap opera.

* Cyprus SFFC 2012 (Best National Film)
* Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner 2013

Friday, June 6, 8:15 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS
(I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva)
Greece, 2013, 88 min, LA Premiere
New Greek Cinema
Presented by Cinemax

Director/Writer: Elina Psykou
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Elina Psykou
Production Companies: Giorgios Karnavas, Guanco
Production Designer: Pinelopi Valti
Cinematographer: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
Editor: Nikos Vavouris
Music: Felizol
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Giorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Giaka, Vasilis Dimitroulias
Print Source: Katja Lenarcic, films@m-appeal.com
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Tragic heroes are in the Greek DNA, and even though Greece is on the ragged edge nowadays, it doesn’t stop producing heroes. Antonis Paraskevas is a TV host, the kind of person that everyone would want to be, a successful product of the entertainment industry. It’s winter when he gets to an exclusive hotel in front of the sea. Nobody is there, and Antonis hovers while contemplating suicide, until the television starts speaking of his disappearance…

My country has lost its identity. One day it’s the cradle of democracy, the birthplace of philosophy. The next day it’s a cradle of filth, corruption and laziness. – Elina Psykou

Elina Psykou studied Film Direction and Sociology in Athens. She was then selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. ‘The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas’ is her first feature film.
* 2012 Karlovy Vary IFF – Work in progress (Best Film)

PASS
Greece, 2013, 7 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Lampros Georgopoulos
Producer/Writer: Vassilis Mazomenos
Cast: Orestis Dikaios, Vangelis Mihailis, Anastasia Baliou
Print Source: Horme Pictures, info@hormepictures.com

Slightly in the future of Europe, a bearded priest enters a grey facility. He denudes himself and gets on a forklift truck.

* Fantasporto 2014, official competition

SCHOOLYARD
(Proavlio)
Greece, 2013, 10 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Rinio Dragasaki
Producer: Guanaco, Greek Film Centre
Cast: Avra Vordonaraki, Giorgios Vordonarakis, Kriton Doris, Michaela Zahariou, Klio Papatzanaki
Print Source: Rinio Dragasaki, drrinos@yahoo.gr
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Athens, a stifling summer, school is empty. A handful of teenagers hang out in the playground. A water balloon floats in the air. It’s time to play, until the shocking ending.

* 2013 Berlinale-14 plus Generation
* 2013 Athens International Film Festival