SATURDAY, JUNE 8

WRITERS GUILD THEATER
135 S. Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills
Free parking available adjacent to the theater

Note: (*) indicates English subtitles

WE STAND ALONE: NEW GREEK CINEMA

We stand on the threshold of universal change. Greeks are among the reluctant players of this wave, just as they have often been in the past when the turning forces destroyed traditions, broke down customs, and brought about new institutions and ideas. But those who are caught in the torrents of the times are called to step away from the known and the usual – and respond. Necessity, violence, suffering – they move the artists of the world not only to reveal the truth of what has gone wrong and why, but also to act as beacons of hope for what may go right.

Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world – their aesthetic antennae vibrating in sync with the living forces of here and now – challenge us to look beyond our familiar horizon into the age of the future.

10:00 am

FOOD FOR LOVE*

Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere

Director: Marianna Economou
Producer: Lilette Botassi
[TRAILER]

Some Greek mothers show their love by regularly preparing veritable feasts for their children, who attend university some distance away from home.

Preceded by:

PORSCHE*

Sweden, 2013, 14 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Nicolas Kolovos
Producer: Olle Wirenhead, Helena Wirenhead
Cast:Nina Zanjani, Johan Friberg, Anna Persson, Angelina Liljekvist

A red Porsche, a fashionable mom and a toddler. Place them all in a parking lot, apply a degree of rush and watch the story unfold, while you wish for more.

ARCHIVE

USA, 2013, 38 min, World Premiere
Documentary

Director/Producer: Chris Emmanouilides
[TRAILER]

Documentary essay inspired by a family trip to Greece, reflecting on the end of traditional photography and the birth of the digital universe.
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12:30 pm

LITTLE LAND*

Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere

Community Partner: Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America

Director: Nikos Dayandas
Writers: Nikos Dayandas, Yuri Averof
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof
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A 35-year-old unemployed Athenian settles on the remote island of Ikaria. There, he discovers a society with a unique culture based on autonomy and cooperation, and blessed with peace and exceptional longevity.

*2013 Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival: WWF Award, ERT3 Broadcast Award

Preceded by:

THE LITTLE PALACE OF AORIA (To Palataki ton Aorion)*

Greece, 2013, 24min, World Premiere
Documentary

Community Partners:
Southern California Cretan Association
Cretans Omonia of Orange County

Director/Producer: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
[TRAILER]

Over the last two decades, a ghost town in the Cretan mountains is restored and turned into a bustling village through the locals’ solidarity and self-determination.

ONE TOWN, ONE TEAM, MY TEAM – PLATANIAS (Mia Polis, Mia Omada, i Omada mou)*

Greece, 2013, 16 min, World Premiere
Documentary

Community Partners:
Southern California Cretan Association
Cretans Omonia of Orange County

Director/Writer: Lakis Matthiopoulos
Producer: Lakis Matthiopoulos, Takis Dimopoulos
[TRAILER]

History and dreams, reality and wishes, joys and sorrows of a town and its soccer team, Platanias, in Chania, Crete.
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3:00 pm

SHORTS PROGRAM

Golden Dawn, Dark Nights: 7 Voices

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Community Partner: USC Cinematic Arts

VICIOUS CIRCLE

Greece, 2012, 6 min, US premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Salvador Georgantas
Cast: Argiris Thanasoulas, George Krasadakis, Spiridon Milionis, Vangelis Fotinakis
[TRAILER]

A guy’s unfortunate resemblance to an infamous politician results in a farcical chase through the streets of Athens.

SPHINX*

Greece, 2012, 19 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Konstantinos Karamaghiolis
Cast: Manos Vakousis, Elias Moulas, Euthimis Zisakis, Alexandros Chrysanthopoulos
[TRAILER]

A youth flirting with becoming a member of a fascist group, experiences a reality check.

SANTA WHO? (Poios Vassilis?)*

Greece, 2011, 24 min, World Premiere

Director/Adaptation: Dimitris Moutsiakas
Producer: Dimitris Spyrou
Cast: Dimitris Bikiropoulos, Charis Fragoulis, Andreas Konstandinou, Dimitra Trikka
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On a Christmas Eve, an old barber and a little girl encounter a dangerous Santa…

DICHOTOMOUS

Canada, 2013, 30 min, US Premiere

Directors: Peter James, Philippos Balabanos
Writers: Philippos Balabanos, Peter James
Executive Producers: Angelis Sarbanis, Gregory C. Pappas
Cast: Constantine Kourtidis, Leonidas Pappas, Peter James, Karine Dashney
[TRAILER]

The leader of the Montreal chapter of the ultranationalist Golden Dawn is on the hunt, and the only obstacle in his way will turn out to be a man just like himself.

45 DEGREES*

Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Georgis Grigorakis
Cast: Stelios Xanthoudakis, Giannis Tsortekis, Eleytheria Komi, Bakar Albakar
[TRAILER]

Athens, August 2012. 45 degrees. It’s getting dark, but the city is still in the grip of the relentless heat – and so is a family that finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

Km*

Greece, 2012, 11 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Christos Nikou
Producers: Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelos Venetis
Cast: Evi Saoulidou, Aris Servetalis
[TRAILER]

Stuck in a car, a couple seems to experience the intense end of their relationship.

JACHALAY*

Greece, 2013, 6 min, World Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Manos Gerogiannis and Yannis Zoumakis
[TRAILER]

Aloof witnesses or protective observers, the giant Jachalays stand by humanity in a time of dissent towards something not yet understood.
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5:45 pm

FYNBOS

South Africa, Greece, USA, 2012, 96 min, LA Premiere

Presented by Tina & George Kolovos, G. P. Kolovos & Associates

Director: Harry Patramanis
Writers: Jonathan Kyle Glatzer, Harry Patramanis
Producers: Eleni Asvesta, Stefanos Fotiadis, Marios Fotiadis, Philip Key
Cast: Warrick Grier, Jessica Haines, Susan Danford, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Cara Roberts, John Herbert, Chad Philips
[TRAILER]

On a lavish and remote property in South Africa, within the walls of a glass house, six lives intersect and lay bare their secrets in this twisting drama.

*2013 Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection
*2013 Slamdance Film Festival, Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography
*Durban International Film Festival

Preceded by:

DISTANCES (Apostaseis)*

Greece, 2012, 18 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer/Producer: Gregory Rentis
Executive Producer: Maria Tsiga
Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Alexis Danezis, Katia Goulioni, Giorgos Symeonidis
[TRAILER]

A 10-year-old boy has to trick his estranged father into discovering their bond.
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8:15 pm

BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD (To Agori Troei to Fagito tou Pouliou)*

Greece, 2012, 80 min, LA Premiere

Community Partners:
USC Cinematic Arts
Cinefamily

Director/Writer/Producer: Ektoras Lygizos
Production Companies: Stefi Productions, Guanaco
Cast: Yannis Papadopoulos, Lila Baklesi, Kleopatra Perraki
[TRAILER]

A personal take on Knut Hamsun’s classic 1890 novel “Hunger to the Modern Day” follows a young man desperately trying to preserve his sense of dignity and overcome demoralizing hunger and loneliness in the streets of Athens.

*2012 Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival, Special Mention for Yannis Papadopoulos
*2012 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Association Quebecoise des Critiques de Cinéma Award
*2013 Crossing Europe Linz, Crossing Europe Award – European Competition
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy, Best Film, Best New Director, Best Actor,

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CAVO D’ ORO

Greece, 2012, 28 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Siamak Etemadi
Producers: Siamak Etemadi, Elina Fessa
Cast: Kiriakos Hadjiioannou, Elena Mengreli
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A love story of two strangers who meet by chance, on a barren, isolated beach, and develop a brief but extreme relationship driven by lust, fear and anger.

*65th Locarno International Film Festival, Official Selection
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