Thursday, June 4 2015

9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Day 2

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

PIECE OF SKY | Greece, 2014, 24 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer/Producer: Nikolas Makris
Cast: Danny Giannakopoulou, Nikolas Makris, Orestis Tziovas, Lazaros Zois

When a star falls from Orestis’ bedroom ceiling, he makes a wish for what he misses the most: That his parents lose their jobs and stay home with him. But the stars keep on falling. Can this story last?

* 2014 Athens International Film Festival
* 2014 Thessaloniki International Short Film

ATHANASIOS | US, 2014, 7 min


Director: Alexi Papalexopoulos
Writers: Nick Kostopoulos, Alexi Papalexopoulos
Producers: David Laurence Morse, Alexi Papalexopoulos
Cast: Thanasis Maskaleris, Aleks Aouad, Kosta Kakoniktis, Derek Chariton

Athanasios, a mischievous, 21 year old Greek American, lives and works with his grandfather, a Greek immigrant, in the family shoe repair store. Through the telling of his grandfather’s survival of the Kalavryta Massacre in 1943, Athanasios realizes and appreciates his heritage.

CINEASTES | USA, 2014, 20 min


Director: Alexander Vo
Writers: Peter Mackie, Alexander Vo
Producer: Peter Mackie
Cast: Yorgos Karamihos, Lydia Muijen, Scarlett Redmond

A lonely, obsessive moviegoer develops complicated feelings for a female stranger who he feels to be a kindred spirit.

WASHINGTONIA | Greece, 2014, 24 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Konstantina Kotzamani
Producer: Artemis Pattakou
Cast: Mamadou Diallo, Eutychia Stefanidou

In the heart of the summer, in the midst of the tropical heat, the giraffe’s heartbeat is no longer heard, and the animals are thrown into confusion. As they search for this beat, it is then —when the strangest things happen.

* 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
* 2014 Hellenic Film Academy Award – Best Short Film
* 2014 Gent International Film Festival – European Film Academy Award

 

RECYCLING MEDEA | Germany, 2014, 75 min, LA premiere


Director: Asteris Kutulas
Writers: Asteris & Ina Kutulas
Producers: Asteris Kutulas, Klaus Salge
Cast: Maria Kousouni, Danilo Zeka, Bella Oelmann, Renato Zanella, Mikis Theodorakis

Medea kills her kids. Despite being recycled through a myriad of versions since antiquity, this subject has lost none of its everyday and brutal topicality. Script, sound, and dance join forces in a powerful film that reflects the desperation of a society that spent all past efforts turning its children into those who have become today’s lost generation.

* 2014 Cinema for Peace – Most Valuable Documentary Award
* 2014 The International Art Film Festival Tel Aviv EPOS
* 2014 Premiere at Anthology Film Archives

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM PREMIERE

FOREVER YOUNG | Greece, 2014, 21 min, LA Premiere


Director: Spiros Charalambous
Writer: Dimitris Papanastasiou
Producers: Alexantra Mpousiou, Spiros Charalambous
Cast: Vana Pefany, Costas Nikoyli, Giorgos Tsialos, Nansy Mpoukli, Chistina Hela Fameli, Maria Kaliba

On the last night of August, Nikos will make love for the first time. When September dawns, Maria will start her new life.

* 2014 20th International Film Festival of Athens
* 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner

 

STRATOS | Greece, Germany, Cyprus, 2014, 138 min, LA Premiere


Director: Yannis Economides
Writers: Yannis Economides, Thanos Xiros, Vangelis Mourikis, Harry Lagoussis, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Panos Papahadzis, Michael Weber
Cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Yannis Anastasakis, Petros Zervos, Vicky Papadopoulou, Yannis Tsortekis, Yorgos Yannopoulos

Stratos is a man trying to find redemption in a decadent world, where morals and personal boundaries have been replaced by money as the only value. After years in prison, he now works in a bread factory – and as a contract killer. With the money, he wants to help his friend who once saved his life. He always pays his debts, but he must learn that the price is higher than expected.

* 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
* 2014 Thessaloniki Film Festival, Best Film
* 2015 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM

DINNER FOR FEW | Greece, 2014, 10 min


Director/Writer: Nassos Vakalis
Producers: Nassos Vakalis, Katerina Stergiopoulou

Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry of wonderful times to come.

* 2014 SITGES, Festival International de Cinema Fantastic, Spain – Special Mention
* 2014 Curtacinema, Rio de Janeiro ISFF, Brazil – Audience Award
* 2015 Medina del Campo Film Festival, Argentina – Best International short film
* 2015 Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Audience Award
* 2015 Unicipar Film Festival, Argentina – Best International Short Film