Friday, June 5 2015

9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Day 3


BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE | US, 2015, 76 min, LA Premiere


Director: Stavroula Toska
Writers: Stavroula Toska, Sophia Antonini
Producers: Stavroula Toska, Sophia Antonini
Cast: Olympia Dukakis (Narrator)

Secret journals document the atrocities and the true life stories of the women caught up in Greece’s tumultuous Civil War, fought in the mid 1940’s.

* First Time Film Festival – Outstanding Achievement in Editing
* Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

CITIZEN DAY | France, 2014, 21 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Basile Doganis
Producer: Jean-Christophe Reymond
Cast: Christopher Bécherot, Mohamed Ghanem, Malamine Sissoko, Rabah Naït Oufella, Lamine Cissokho

A crew of teenagers from a Parisian suburb have to attend their Citizen Day at the military base in Versailles, but one of them, Chris, is turned away for arriving too late. Chris wants to go straight back home, but Momo, the hood’s “loser”, convinces him to spend the day with him at the Château de Versailles.

* 2015 Aubange International Film Festival – Special Prize of the Jury
* 2015 Rencontres Ciné en Herbe Montluçon – City Prize

 

MEDEA: LOUDER THAN MY THOUGHTS | Greece, 2014, 94 min, US Premiere


Director: Nikos Grammatikos
Writers: Nikos Panayiotopoulos, Vangelis Mourikis
Producers: Katerina Oikonomou, Eirini Vougioukalou, Vangelis Mourikis
Cast: Yukiko Krontira, Vangelis Mourikis, Tasos Nousias, Adonis Adoniou

In MEDEA: LOUDER THAN MY THOUGHTS, the text of the play Medea, by Euripides, is the project’s raison d’être. In a magical way, it becomes the discovering climax of the focus for the film. The story of Medea, with its unique force, acts as a channel through which we enter into a thrilling and unpredictable quest, trying to find lost signs and meanings.

Panel to Follow

 

THE FIRST LINE | USA, 2014, 86 min, LA Premiere


Directors/Writers/Producers: Coerte Voorhees, John Voorhees
Cast: Pantelis Kodogiannis, Kassandra Voyagis, Paul Freeman, Giancarlo Giannini, Georges Corraface

Two Athenian attorneys pursue litigation for the return of the Parthenon Marbles. Just as the bronze statue of Athena Promakhos used to stand guard in front of the Parthenon, they both must find the courage to stand in defense of what they love.

* 2014 Thessaloniki Film Festival
* 2014 Australian Greek Film Festival

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

STRAW DOLLS | US, 2014, 18 min, World Premiere


Director: Jon L. Milano
Writer: Caitlin Riblett
Producer: Chris Naughton
Cast: Marco Khan, Anthony Skordi, Mary Apick, Michelle Yolyan, Celine Talia, Sy Ozcan, Bahram Khosraviani

A look at the Armenian genocide through the lens of a father desperately trying to protect his daughter from the deportation being forced upon them by Turkish soldiers.