Saturday, June 6 2015

9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Day 4

FILMMAKER RECEPTION

 

PANAYIOTIS TETSIS: PLAYING WITH COLORS | Greece, 2014, 100 min, US Premiere


Director/Producer: Yannis Vamvakas
Writers: Yannis Vamvakas, Liberty Polyzou

The life and work of the patrician artist Panagiotis Tetsis, who helped establish contemporary Greek painting of the 20th century, is highlighted and celebrated in this colorful documentary.

* 2014 London Greek Film Festival – Best Documentary Award
* 2014 International Thessaloniki Film Festival

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR | Greece, 2014, 87 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Angeliki Aristomenopoulou
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof
Co-Producers: Greek Film Center, OTE TV, ABC TV

A Family Affair is an intimate portrait of the famous Xylouris family and their sacred bonds with the musical tradition of Crete. The film follows three generations of family musicians who uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world.

* 2014 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 FIPA – Gold Award
* 2015 Hellenic Greek Academy Award – Best Documentary Award

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

BUTTERFLY | Greece, 2014, 20 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Yianna Dellatolla
Producer: Zoe Kanellopoyloy
Cast: Marianna Panagidou, Yiannis Kyrilis, Pavlos Emmanouilidis, Marianna Pouloutiadou, Alexandra Poulou, Rosamalia Kyriou

A young love between a boy and a girl in elementary school turns into a heartbreak when their family dramas end up affecting their sensitive interaction.

* 2014 Athens International Film Festival
* 2015 Film Festival International London – Best Story Nomination, Best Director of a Foreign Film Nomination, Best Lead Actress Nomination
* Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award

 

IPDF: Open Roundtable – Web Content

 

AT HOME | Greece, 2014, 103 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Athanasios Karanikolas
Producers: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Lasse Scharpen
Cast: Maria Kallimani, Alexandros Logothetis, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Zoi Asimaki, Giannis Tsortekis

For many years, Nadja has worked as a housekeeper for an upper class Greek couple and their daughter. She’s allowed to feel like part of the family. When she’s diagnosed with a serious illness, and the man of the house runs into financial difficulties due to the economic crisis, Nadja loses her job. Yet she shows no external sign of how these two traumatic events have affected her.

* 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Forum
* 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2015 Hellenic Academy Awards – Best Actress

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

VOLTA | Greece, 2014, 11 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Stella Kyriakopoulos
Producers: Valerie Kontakos, Despina Pavlaki, Stella Kyriakopoulos
Cast: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Katerina Douka, Yiorgos Valais

A mother and daughter start out from downtown Athens and head to the northern suburbs of the city. Nina thinks she’s just going on a walk…

* 37th Drama International Short Film Festival, Best Actress
* 2014 Sundance – Women in Film Award
* 2015 Aspen Short Fest
* 2015 Hellenic Film Academy Awards – Best Short Film

 

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

GREEK SCHOOL PRAYER | Greece, 2014, 20 min, US Premiere


Director: Thanasis Neofotistos
Writers: Thanasis Neofotistos, Grigoris Skarakis
Producers: Kyriakos Hatzimichailidis, Thanasis Neofotistos
Cast: Christos Karavevas, Stelios Karambinas

While seeking their identity, two high school students will inevitably test each other’s boundaries through violence.

* 2014 Drama Film Festival – Golden Dionysus Award, Best Sound Award
* 2014 Athens Film Festival – Honorable Mention
* 2014 Greek Film Academy Awards – Best Short Film Nomination

“II” | Greece, 2014, 17 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis
Producer: Yorgos Tsourgiannis
Cast: Kostas Laskos, Fani Apostolidou, Yannis Tsortekism, Nikos Flessas, Koula Spyropoulou

“II” symbolizes parallel lines struggling to meet. Sometimes they do, but this only happens without awareness. “II” is desire drawing the line upon which the characters are trying to balance, treading in a world that is not.

* 2014 Festival Del Film Locarno
* 2014 International Short Film Festival In Drama – Special Award, Best Cinematography Award
* 2014 Athens International Film Festival
* 2014 Leeds International Film Festival

LULLABY OF THE BUTTERFLY | Cyprus, 2014, 20 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer/Producer: Tonia Mishiali
Cast: Alexia Charalambidou, Yiannis Kokkinos

Following a mysterious phone call, a woman grabs a kitchen knife and sets out on a journey to an unknown destination, leaving ‘her life’ behind.

* 2015 Berlin Feminist Film Week
* 2015 Leiden International Film Experience
* 2014 ISFFC International Short Film Festival of Cyprus – Best National Film Award, Best Cinematography Special Mention
* 2014 20th Athens International Film Festival
* Sarajevo Film Festival
* Short Film Festival in Drama

UNDESIRABLE | Greece, 2014, 6 min


Director: Fivos Kontogiannis
Writers: Stephanos Koutsardakis, Sotiris Tsafoulias
Producer: Aris J. Xylas
Cast: Vaggelis Mourikis, Vaggelis Romnios, Chryssa Markata

A Stelios Kazantides song becomes a short film.

* 2014 Athens International Film Festival – Special Mention
* Hellenic Film Academy Awards – Best Short Film Nomination

THE NOIR PROJECT | Greece, 2014, 27 min, US Premiere


Director: Gregory Vardarinos
Writer: Anastasia Bartzoulianou
Producer: Gregory Vardarinos
Cast: Vaggelis Kosteas, Dimitris Tsilinikos, Maria Xatzhioanidou

On the eve of an escape from his abusive father, Jacob enters the world of “The Noir Project.” The comic story that he designed in his spare time, and the characters, which reflect the morbid reality in which he lives, predict, in a strange way, the events that will follow that night.

* 2014 20th International Film Festival of Athens – Best Screenplay Award
* 2014 8th International Short Film Festival of Thessaloniki – Cinematic Achievement Award

 

WEDNESDAY 04:45 | Greece, Germany, Israel, 2015, 116 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Writer: Alexis Alexiou
Producer: Thanassis Karathanos
Cast: Stelios Mainas, Dimitris Tzoumakis, Adam Bousdoukos, Giorgos Symeonidis, Mimi Branescou, Maria Nafpliotou

Athens, Greece, today: 32 hours in the life of Stelios Dimitrakopoulos, a small time night-club owner in Athens, who struggles to salvage his bankrupt business from loan-sharks, while the city and the whole country go up in flames.

* 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
* 2015 Jeonju Film Festival

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM

NOTICED | USA, 2015, 15 Min


Director: Limor Diamant
Writers: Limor Diamant, Sigal Diamant
Producer: Nikos Karamigios
Cast: Sigal Diamant, Tomas Andren

Olga is a postal worker who lives in her imaginative reclusive world of Spaghetti Westerns and the whimsical life of bugs. Her self-created universe is interrupted one night when she discovers that a suspicious “peeping Tom” lives across from her.

* 2015 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner Official Selection
* IFS
* MIFF (Milan International Film Festival) – nominated for Best International Short

 

AGORA | Greece/Germany/Qatar, 2015, 117 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Producers: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri

The Agorá was a central area in Ancient Greece city-states. It was a gathering place, an assembly of active citizens, and the City centre for political, economic, athletic, artistic and spiritual life. It was the heart of democracy. In modern Greece the word Agorá has lost its initial sense and it has come to denote solely the place and act of commercial transactions. It is a dominant word in the reality experienced today by Greeks, as the country goes through an economical vortex that devours human lives in its path.

* 2015 Dok. Fest, 30th International Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2014 FIPA Industry – Best Pitched Project Award

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM

KILLING MY GIRL | United Kingdom, Greece, 2014, 12 min


Director/Writer: Tasos Giapoutzis
Producers: Michael Carter, Tasos Giapoutzis
Cast: Samila Kularatne, Kanchan Raval, Ludovic Moktary, Vinod Ghei

A young South Asian woman living in London is forced to undergo sex-selective abortion against her will.

* 34th Black Maria Film Festival – Director’s Choice Award
* International Euro Film Festival – Art, Human Rights, Drama, Woman, Social Category Winner
* 2015 Learning On Screen Awards – Best Student Film Nomination
* 2015 London Short Film Festival

 

NORWAY | Greece, 2014, 74 min


Director/Writer: Yiannis Veslemes
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Yorgos Tsourgiannis
Cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Daniel Bolda, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Alexia Kalsiki, Vasilis Kamitsis, Markos Lezes

Zano arrives in the big city for the very first time. The year is 1984, and Athens beckons. A vampire and a fine dancer, all Zano wants is a “warm girl”. Lured into their shady shenanigans, Zano, a prostitute, and a Norwegian drug dealer traverse mountains and descend into the core of the earth, finding the Kingdom of Mathousalas.

* 2014 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Fipresci Prize
* 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2014 Stockholm International Film Festival
* 2015 Hellenic Film Academy Awards – Best First Feature Direction, Best Music, Best Art Direction, Best Make Up, Best Special FX

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

NARCISSA | USA, 2015, 7 min, World Premiere


Directors/Writers: Andreas Ignatiou, Josh Maddox
Producers: Jared Jacovich, Michael Ignatiou, Mary Joannow
Cast: Paulina Cerrilla, Gus Renaud, Lola Kelly, Ben Hicks

A modern take on the Greek myth of Narcissus set in the fashion industry.