Saturday, June 7 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.

Saturday, June 7, 12:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

WILD DUCK
Greece, 2013, 88 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Editor: Yannis Sakaridis
Producers: Yannis Sakaridis, Nikkos J. Frangos, Venia Vergou
Production Companies: Athens Filmmakers’ Co-Operative, ERT
Production Designer: Katerina Zourari
Cinematographer: Jan Vogel
Music: Christos Papageorgiou
Cast: Alexandros Logothetis, Themis Bazaka, Giorgos Pyrpassopoulos, Elias Logothetis, Yannis Stankoglou, Efi Tsapareli
Print Source: Elena Miliaresis, elena@whiletimestandsstill.com
[TRAILER]

Dimitris is a telecommunications engineer. He’s deep in debt, therefore he needs to close his business. Luckily, he gets hired by his former boss in order to investigate a phone-hacking operation, but their research leads them to a suspicious apartment in a tower, above which a very ill woman lives. Dimitris finds himself spying on her and most of all, dealing with his deepest moral dilemmas.

I strongly believe in the beauty of films which deal with the everlasting battle between Good and Evil. – Yannis Sakaridis

Yannis Sakaridis is a Greek filmmaker. He studied Photography and History of Art in London, where became a member of the legendary London Film Makers Co-Op. He then served as an editor on several films in the UK and in Greece, worked on film trailers for Warner Bros, and on many documentaries for the British TV. He co-founded Athens Filmmakers’ Co-Operative in 2012.

* 2013 Sao Paulo IFF, Nominated for Best Feature Film
* 2013 Toronto IFF

DEBTFOOLS
Greece, 2013, 9 min, US Premiere

Director: Filippos Vardakas, Despina Economopulu
Producer: Filippos Vardakas
Writers: Filippos Vardakas, Despina Economopulu
Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Adrian Frieling, Efthimios Gourgouris, Dimitris Vellios, Christos Glikos, Angeliki Lemoni
Print Source: Filippos Vardakas, hvard@yahoo.com
[TRAILER]

When a foreigner stops by and gives a 100 euro note to a scruffy hotelier just to check his rooms, everyone in town can get out of debt…

* DISMFMF 2013 – Official Selection
* Short Film Festival in Drama 2013 – Official Selection
* Athens National Short Film Festival 2013 – Official Selection

Saturday, June 7, 2:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

PASSAGE INTO HISTORY
Greece, 2014, 67 min, World Premiere, Documentary
Presented by American Hellenic Council

Director/Writer: Yiannis V. Lapatas
Producers: Athanasios Takis, Alexis Takis, Joanna Tachmintzis, Yiannis V. Lapatas
Production Company: IMAGINA AE
Cinematographer: Yiannis Drakoylarakos
Editor: Vlasis K. Papadimas
Print Source: IMAGINA AE, Alexis Takis, alex@imagina.gr
[TRAILER]

Ancient Nemea is the land of the mythical Heracles and the Lion. Here is the story of an archeological site which has been forgotten, the Ancient Games which took place there, and Stephen Miller, a well-known American archeologist who was responsible for the excavation of Nemea. Here is the story of all the people gathering in Nemea from all over the world for the Revival of the Nemean Games. They come to take a leap into the past, run in the Stadium, and be crowned with wild celery.

In 2012, we found ourselves in the valley of Nemea, and very quickly realized that what has been happening there over the last 40 years is a “story” that has everything. – Yiannis V. Lapatas

Yiannis V. Lapatas was born in Athens in 1958. He studied theatre, cinema and art in Italy and Greece. As of 1992, he directed several TV series and documentaries, many theatre productions, and over 30 commercials.

NICOLETA
Greece, 2012, 19 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Sonia Liza Kenterman
Writers: Tracy Sunderland
Producers: Alexandros Danikas, Ben Gibson
Cast: Kora Karvouni, Giorgos Triantafilakis, Giorgos Ninios, Konstantina Takalou, Giannis Tsortekis
Print Source: Sonia Liza Kenterman, www.sonializakenterman.com
[TRAILER]

In the aftermath of the Greek Civil War, a young boy must endure a harrowing journey along with his baby sister Nicoleta, in search of a better life.

* 15th ReelWorld Film Festival (Canada) – Award for Outstanding International Short Film
* 46th Worldfest (Houston) – Platinum Award for Student Short Film
* 12th Rome Independent Film Festival (Italy) – Honorable Mention from the Jury
* 4th Bangkok International Student Film Festival (Thailand) – Honorable Mention from the Sundance Festival Jury
* 19th Athens International Film Festival Film Festival (Greece) – 3rd Award for Best Short Film

Saturday, June 7, 4:30 pm
STEVEN SPIELBERG THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

CROSSED LIVES
(Charagmenes zoes)
Greece, 2013, 124 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Spyros Teskos
Producers: Vangelis Fampas, Spyros Teskos
Production Company: Massive Productions
Production Designer: Savina Akoumianaki
Cinematographer: Apostolis Koklas
Editor: Dinos Vamvakousis, Spyros Teskos
Music: Vangelis Fampas
Cast: Manolis Glezos, Matthias Rath, Leonidas Vatikiotis, Iassonas Chandrinos, Nikitas Kanakis
Print Source: Massive Productions, Vangelis Fampas, akron@hol.gr
[TRAILER]

George Crocus was executed by the Germans on May 1, 1944. Dimitris Christoulas ended his own life before the Greek Parliament on April 4, 2012. Two human tragedies that have to do both with the economy painfully intertwine with one another.

Spyros Teskos served as first assistant director on over 60 films and many TV series from 1987 to 2005. In 1994, he won the screenplay award from the MEDIA Programme. In 2010, he completed his first documentary feature.

Saturday, June 7, 5:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

COMMITTED
Cyprus, 2014, 90 min, LA Premiere
Presented by the Hellenic-American Medical
and Dental Society of Southern California (HAMDS)
Exclusive HAMDS Reception, following the screening

Director/Writer: Stelana Kliris
Producer: Stelana Kliris, Mario Piperides
Production Companies: AMP Filmworks, Full Moon Productions, AB Seahorse
Cinematographer: Stephan Metzner
Editor: Stylianos Constantinou
Music: Argyro Christodoulides
Cast: Melia Kreiling, Orestes Sophocleous
Print Source: Stelana Kliris, stelanak@gmail.com
[TRAILER]

George leaps into his car and drives away. He can’t handle proposing to his girlfriend. Strange to say, he comes across a bride who has just escaped from her wedding. Twist of Fate, isn’t it? Love, marriage and commitment are at stake as never before in this romantic comedy on the roads of Cyprus.

I hope this film makes people laugh, think and feel. – Stelana Kliris

Stelana Kliris is a South African Cypriot writer and director. She has written and directed two documentaries and two short films. “Committed” is her first feature film.

* 2014 Cyprus Film Days IFF
* 2014 San Francisco Greek Film Festival

LEA
Greece, 2013, 13 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Konstantinos Antonopoulos
Producer: Cindy Hu
Cast: Luigi Campi, Rebecca Thomas
Print Source: Konstantinos Antonopoulos, k.d.antono@gmail.com
[TRAILER]

His girl comes back. Deep down in his heart, he doesn’t feel good. Their love is no longer safe.

* Honorable Mention at 2013 Athens International Film Festival

Saturday, June 7, 7:00 pm
STEVEN SPIELBERG THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

LOST IN THE BEWILDERNESS
Greece/USA, 2014, 97 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer/Producer/DP/Editor: Alexandra Anthony
Print Source: AYA Films, Alexandra Anthony, snodgras@mid.edu
[TRAILER]

Lucas is the filmmaker’s cousin. He was 5 when in the twinkling of an eye, he disappeared into thin air. Several years later, on the evening of his 16th birthday, he’s found in the United States, far away from Greece. Someone had kidnapped him. Furthermore, it’s been a slow, seemingly hopeless investigation to reveal to his folks that it wasn’t a stranger that took him…

As James Joyce’ wrote, “Absence becomes the highest form of presence”. – Alexandra Anthony.

Alexandra Anthony directs, shoots, edits, writes, and narrates her own work. ‘Lost in the Bewilderness’ is the second piece of her trilogy about Greek families in difficulty, in the U.S. and in Greece.

* 2014 Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival

5 WAYS 2 DIE
(5 tropoi na pethaneis)
Cyprus, 2013, 15 min, LA Premiere

Director/Producer: Daina Papadaki
Writer: Fanos Christophides
Cast: Michalis Marinos, Stela Fyrogeni, Effie Papatheodorou, Andreas Araouzos, Kristie Papadopoulos
Print Source: Daina Papadaki, sleepwalkerfilms@yahoo.com
[TRAILER]

There are so many ways to kill a man, but each and every one of them looks incredibly complicated to Makis. Maybe it’s because he wants to commit suicide…

* 3rd Black Maria Film & Video Festival Tour 2014 Director’s Choice Award (3rd Prize)

Saturday, June 7, 7:30 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

MISS VIOLENCE
Greece, 2013, 98 min, LA Premiere
New Greek Cinema
Presented by Cinemax

Director/Writer/Producer: Alexandros Avranas
Writer: Kostas Peroulis
Producers: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Lelia Andronikou, Orpheas Emirzas, Giorgos Palamidis
Production Companies: Faliro House Productions, Plays2Place Productions
Production Designer: Thanassis Demiris, Eva Manidaki
Cinematographer: Olympia Mytilinaiou
Editor: Nikos Helidonidis
Cast: Kostas Antalopoulos, Constantinos Athanasiades, Chloe Bolota
Print Source: Faliro House Productions, greg@falirohouse.com
[TRAILER]

It’s Angeliki’s 11th birthday when the girl jumps off the balcony and embraces death with a peaceful smile on her face. The police start an investigation on the reasons that could have led her to commit suicide. However, Angeliki’s family keeps saying that it was an accident.

Alexander Avranas is a Greek writer and director. He studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts and then continued at the Berlin University of the Arts. ‘Miss Violence’ is his second feature and impressed both audience and critics at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

* 2013 Venice Film Festival (won Best Euro-Mediterranean Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film in the section ‘Young Cinema Award’)
* 2013 Stockholm Film Festival – Best Screenplay
* 2013 Montreal Festival of New Cinema – Innovation Award
Due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.

PIETÀ
Greece, 2013, 13 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Alexandros Tsadilas
Print Source: Alexandor Tsadilas, alexandrostsadilas@yahoo.co.uk
[TRAILER]

Before sunrise, a man lies on the ground in the middle of an alley. He shrieks. He tries to stand. He falls again and again. Finally two paramedics take care of him: and the city, when morning comes, resumes living its ordinary life…

* Athens International Film Festival 2013
* Clermont-Ferrand 2013