Thursday, June 5 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.

Thursday, June 5, 5:30 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

BLOCK 12
(Oikopedo 12)
Cyprus/Greece, 2013, 94 min, LA Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Kyriacos Tofarides
Writer: Panos Stathoyannis
Production Companies: Avra Productions, Tanweer Alliances, Cyrpus Broadcasting Corporation, OTE TV, AMP Filmworks, Media Studios, Seahorse Films, Soundpath Studios
Production Designer: Liza Tsoulupa
Cinematographer: Yorgos Frentzos
Editor: Stylianos Constantinou
Music: Marios Takoushis
Cast: Costas Demetriou, Carmen Ruggeri, Michalis Marinos, Yannis Tsimetselis, Neetu Chandra, Irene Constantinou, Zoe Kyprianou
Print Source: Avra Productions, Kyriacos Tofarides, avrafilm@gmail.com
[TRAILER]

As a result of the notorious financial crisis, a dysfunctional family needs to go live in their father’s tiny house, whereas he has chosen to spend the rest of his life in the wilderness. But things change when the Cypriot politicians set their eyes on Costantas’ house and his land.

Surrealism, social satire, and magical realism in a political, allegorical comedy: Here’s the film that I had in mind. – Kyriacos Tofarides

Kyriacos Tofarides is a producer and a director. In 2008, he produced ‘The Last Homecoming’, which won the award for Best Feature Film at the London Greek Film Festival.

* 2013 Cyprus Film Days IFF – Special Jury Award
* 2013 European Film Awards – Selection

KISS ME LOWER
(Fila me pio kato)
Germany, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Eleni Katsoni
Writer: Eva Strasser
Producer: Franziska Koch
Cast: Lara Beckmann, Daniel Roesner, Alkmini Theodoridou
Print Source: Monika Bremen, IFS Internationale Film Schule, festivals@filmschule.de
[TRAILER]

Thanks to her aunt’s magical eggplant, the unhappy Marissa ends up in a world where all is an app, including sex. And yet, love is not even Googleable.

* International Film Festival Cyprus 2012 (Best International Short Film)
* Cologne Design Award 2012 – Special mention

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
USA, 2014, 6 min, World Premiere

Director/Writer: Konstantinos Mousoulis
Producer: Tety Kalafati
Cast: Christos Vasilopoulos, Tety Kalafati
Print Source: Homeric Pictures, Konstantinos Mousoulis, projects@homericpictures.com
[TRAILER]

She is beautiful and scantily dressed. What an amazing gift for Jack, a rude toughie who likes handcuffs and sex. But can such a smoking hot woman be a real gift?

Thursday, June 5, 8:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

STANDING ASIDE, WATCHING
(Na kathesai kai na koitas)
Greece, 2013, 90 min, LA Premiere
New Greek Cinema
Presented by Cinemax

Director/Writer: Yorgos Servetas
Producers: Fenia Cossovitsa, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Production Companies: Blonde Audiovisual Productions, ERT, Feel Good Entertainment, Heretic, 235, STEFI
Production Designer: Elias Ledakis
Cinematographer: Claudio Bolivar
Editor: Panos Voutsaras
Music: IO
Cast: Marina Symeou, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Marianthi Pantelopoulou, Nikos Yorgakis, Kostis Siradakis, Yorgos Ziovas
Print Source: Film Marketing & Consulting, Patra Spanou, patra.spanou@yahoo.com
[TRAILER]

Under a grey sky, in a small town in the middle of nowhere, a train stops at an empty station. Antigone, a young woman in her 30s, gets off. She’s returning here after many years and is determined to settle in, but her simple dream turns out to be much more complicated than she thought. A surge of violence and discrimination burst on her life. Furthermore, there’s complicity between victims and perpetrators. What’s Antigone going to do? Will she end up standing aside, watching?

This story speaks of the one chance that (wo)man has to change (her) his fate. – Yorgos Servetas

Yorgos Servetas studied Computer Engineering and Informatics at the University of Patras and filmmaking at the Lykourghos Stavrakos School of Athens. He’s directed 4 short films and two features so far.

* 2014 Cyprus Film Days (won the Global Images Award)
* 2014 Hellenic Film Academy Awards: Nikos Yorgakis Best Supporting Actor
* 2014 Berlinale
* 2013 Toronto IFF
Due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.

RED HULK
Greece, 2013, 27 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Asimina Proedrou
Cast: Frixos Proedrou, Nestoras Fanaras, Christos Kontogeorgis, Dimitris Tzoumakis, Elissaios Vlachos, Domenica Regou, Simeon Tsakiris
Print Source: Patra Spanou, spanoupa@yahoo.de

No drive. No confidence. No respect from his peers. Giorgios doesn’t even know who he is. In a decaying labyrinthine Athens, his only way out is being Red Hulk, until he gets involved in acts of racial violence…

* 2013 Short Film Festival in Drama – Grand Prix (Best Film), Male Actor, Cinematography Award
* 2013 Athens International Film Festival – Grand Prix (Best Short Film)
* 2014 Clermont-Ferrand