Film Schedule


THURSDAY, MAY 31

Egyptian Theater, Rigler

8:00 pm – Film
Reception to Follow

OPENING NIGHT FILM


A GREEN STORY *
USA, 2012, 96 min, World Premiere
Director/Writer: Nika Agiashvili
Producers: Nika Agiashvili, John Edward Lee, Deanna Plascencia, Chadwick Struck, Dimitris Birbilis, Davit Agiashvili, Pablo D’Adamo
Cast: Ed O’Ross, Shannon Elizabeth, Billy Zane, Annabella Sciorra, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Bart, Talia Jackson
[TRAILER]

This story recounts the life of Van Vlahakis, who left Greece for the American dream and through an inspirational series of events, eventually turned the 22 dollars he brought with him into Earth Friendly Products, a US pioneer manufacturer of green products.

Presented by EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS    


FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Linwood Dunn Theater

1 – 5 pm

Master Class – Editing for Film Writers


5:45 pm


RAW MATERIAL (Proti Yli)
Greece, 2011, 78 min, Documentary
Director: Hristos Karakepelis
Writers: Natasha Segou, Hristos Karakepelis
Producers: Costas Lambropoulos, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
[TRAILER]

A group of illegal gypsy immigrants, that don’t live by the norms or speak the Greek language, gather garbage and recycle Athens’ material in an attempt to improve their lives.

Winner of the 2012 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Preceded by short films:


CASUS BELLI
Greece, 2010, 11 min
Director/Writer: Yorgos Zois
Producer: Maria Drandaki
Cast: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Tzeni Theona, Iris Ponkena

Urban life is seen through the lonesome journey of a loaded shopping cart.


DAD, LENIN AND FREDDY (O Babas mou, o Lenin kai o Freddy)
Greece, 2011, 20 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Rinio Dragasaki
Producer: Elina Psikou
Cast: Avra Vordonaraki, Giannis Tsortekis

During the 80’s, in Athens, a nine year old girl gradually loses touch with her workaholic communist father.

Winner of the 2012 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Short Film


8:30 pm


TUNGSTEN
Greece, 2011, 98 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer: Giorgos Georgopoulos
Producers: Giorgos Georgopoulos, Kostas Georgopoulos
Cast: Vangelis Mourikis, Tasos Nousias, Omiros Poulakis
[TRAILER]

The stories of three men living in crisis-ridden Athens unfold within the timeframe of a single day, revealing a world in havoc, where victims become villains and vice versa.

Presented by TINA AND GEORGE KOLOVOS, G.P. KOLOVOS & ASSOCIATES    

Preceded by short film:


THE PALACE
Cyprus/Australia, 2011, 15 min
Director/Writer: Anthony Maras
Producers: Anthony Maras, Kate Croser, Andros Achilleas
Cast: Daphne Alexander, Erol Afsin, Kevork Malikyan

Cyprus 1974: A conscript soldier comes face to face with a family in hiding and must confront the brutal reality of war and his role in it.

 


SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Linwood Dunn Theater

10:00 am

Industry Panel- Representation in Hollywood
Followed by:
Networking Light Brunch

Presented by PABST BREWING COMPANY AND THE METROPOULOS FAMILY.     


12:00 pm


APARTMENT IN ATHENS (Appartamento ad Atene)
Italy, 2011, 95 min, LA Premiere
Director/Producer: Ruggero Dipaola
Writers: Heidrun Schleef, Ruggero Dipaola, Luca De Benedittis
Cast: Laura Morante, Richard Sammel, Gerasimos Skiadaresis
[TRAILER]

Set against a backdrop of the German occupation of Greece in 1943, this drama introduces us to an Athenian family, whose life undergoes a profound change when their apartment is commandeered by an exacting German officer with an inscrutable attitude.

Community Collaborators:
ITALIANS IN FILM     
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Italian Government Office     

Winner of the top four awards at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Preceded by short film:


FACE DOWN (Pistoma)
Greece, 2011, 19 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Yiorgos Fourtounis
Cast :Giorgos Symeonidis, Eleni Vergeti

In a dog-eat-dog world, there is no place for affection.

 


2:45 pm


WASTED YOUTH
Greece, 2011, 94 min, US Premiere
Co-Directors: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel
Writers: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel
Producers: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, George Karnavas
Cast: Harris Markou, Ieronimos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliov

Summer heat blasts Athens. A teenage skateboarder sets out for an aimless day with his friends. A middle-aged policeman struggles to make ends meet. A simple twist of fate disrupts the course of their actions.

Presented by WEST COAST INVESTORS    

Preceded by short film:


JUST A PERFECT DAY
Greece, 2011, 6 min, US Premiere
Director: Evris Papanikolas
Writers: Evris Papanikolas, Nikos Nikolopoulos
Producers: Angelo Venetis, Takis Nikolakopoulos
Cast: Kora Karvouni, Chrisa Kornazidi

On this serene day, the world goes awry.


5:15 pm


SUPER DEMETRIOS
Greece, 2011, 109 min, US Premiere
Director: Georgios Papaioannou
Writers: Alexandros Stogiannis, Spiros Papanaoum, Dimitris Papavasiliou, Georgios Papaioannou, Argiris Pouggouras, Babis Papapostolou, Dimitris Vainas
Producers: Georgios Papaioannou, Dimitris Papavasiliou
Cast: Dimitris Vainas, Paris Papadopoulos, Olga Sfetsa
[TRAILER]

Posing as a journalist for the Golden Jerusalem magazine, Thessaloniki’s very own superhero – Super Demetrios – is the only person that can save the city from its worst nightmare: Captain F.ROM.

Preceded by short film:


ABARIZA
Greece, 2011, 18 min, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Elena Dimitrakopoulou
Writer: Effi Gavrilou
Cast: Kostas Voutsas, Nicol Kokkinou

An elderly couple plan their grand escape from a senior home.


8:30 pm


UNFAIR WORLD
Greece, 2010, 94 min, LA Premiere
Director: Filippos Tsitos
Writers: Filippos Tsitos, Dora Masklavanou
Producer: Alexandra Boussiou
Cast: Andonis Kafetzoplouos, Theodora Tzimou, Christos Stergioglou

It all begins with a disenchanted policeman’s decision to follow his own sense of justice. A series of unlikely events, fluctuating from tragedy to comedy, culminate in an equally surprising outcome.

Winner of four major 2012 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Fiction Feature, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and is this year’s official Greek Oscar entry.

Preceded by short film:


F–K *
USA, 2010, 8 min
Director: R.E. Rodgers
Producer: Taso Mouhteros
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Christopher Meloni, Bob Balaban, Mariska Hargitay, Bobby Cannavale

These people will do anything to find ‘the location’.


Egyptian Theater

5:30 pm


THREE DAYS OF HAPPINESS (Tris Meres Eftihias)
Greece, 2011, 80 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Dimitri Athanitis
Cast: Nikolitsa Drizi, Alexandra Aidini, Katerina Fotiadi
[TRAILER]

A Russian immigrant who sells her body hoping to collect money to leave Greece, a university student who struggles to overcome personal tragedy, and a woman doubting her decision to get married, crisscross paths while pursuing happiness.

Preceded by short film:


INTERSECTION *
USA, 2011, World Premiere
Director: Yeesum Lo
Writer/Producer: Dorothea Paschalidou
Cast: Justin Stafford, Kyle Goleman

A father and son walk different paths, but life brings them back together.


7:30 pm


RIDERS OF PYLOS (Oi Ippeis tis Pylou)
Greece, 2011, 92 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Nikos Kalogeropoulos
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Marina Konstantakopoulos
Cast: Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Ioulia Kalogridi, Ilias Logothetis
[TRAILER]

A middle-aged, poverty stricken actor flees Athens to escape his creditors and travels to the heart of historic Messinia, finding refuge in Polypylon, a decrepit castle. While exploring the wild countryside, he meets Democracy, and becomes desperate to win her heart.

Preceded by short film:


SACRED WHISPERS *
US/Greece, 2010, 20 min, World Premiere
Director/Writer: Constantinos Isaias
Producers: Constantinos Isaias, Justin Johanson, Alexia Vassiliou
Cast: David Hardie, Alexia Vassiliou

Suppressed by his religious mother, a young man strives for salvation from his demons in a racist 1940s society.


SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Linwood Dunn Theater

10:00 am

Theo Angelopoulos Tribute presented by Professor Fred Linch
Followed by:
Screening of Theo Angelopoulos’s ETERNITY AND A DAY


3:30 pm


FORTUNATE SON *
Canada, 2011, 77 min, Documentary, US Premiere
Director: Tony Asimakopoulos
Producers: Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bob Moore
[TRAILER]

Overcoming drug addiction and being motivated by the search for happiness with his fiancee, the only son of Greek-Canadian immigrants faces his complicated relationship with his overbearing mother and ailing father, and the patterns of dysfunction they share.

Preceded by short film:


SUN DON’T SHINE FOR US *
USA, 2012, 18 min, LA Premiere
Co-Directors: Pete Stamatelatos, Scott Ackerlund
Writer: Pete Stamatelatos
Producers: Pete Stamatelatos, Scott Ackerlund, Joey Allen
Cast: Anna Giannotis, Pete Stamatelatos, George Christopoulos

A Greek immigrant mother’s hopes and dreams for her family collapse when her son enters the world of drug addiction.


5:30 pm – SAYOME reception
6:30 pm – Film

CLOSING NIGHT FILM


SAYOME
Greece, 2010, 56 min, Documentary, LA Premiere
Director: Nikos Dayandas
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof
[TRAILER]

After 35 years of living in Crete, happily married to a Greek sailor and raising her two sons, Sayome hears news of her mother’s death and returns to her homeland, Japan, to reunite with her estranged family.

Presented by PABST BREWING COMPANY AND THE METROPOULOS FAMILY.     

Community Collaborators:     

Preceded by short film:


FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Greece, 2011, 16 min, US Premiere (Animated)
Director: Panagiotis Rappas
Producers: Panagiotis Rappas, Dimitris Papadimitriou

In a mountain forest of Japan, an elderly woodcutter stumbles upon the fountain of youth.


8:30 pm

ORPHEUS AWARDS presentation at the home of Consul General of Greece Elizabeth Fotiadou

Gold Pass holders only


NOTE: All films include English subtitles, except (*) indicates English original language.