SUNDAY, JUNE 9

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.

11:00 am

A.C.A.B. (ALL CATS ARE BRILLIANT) – (Sygharitiria stous Aisiodoxous)*

Greece, 2012, 83 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Constantina Voulgaris
Producer: Eleni Afentaki
Production Companies: Greek Film Centre, MITOS, ERT
Cast: Maria Georgiadou, Kostas Ganotis, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Themis Bazaka, Dimitris Piatas, Alexis Charisis-Maerki
[TRAILER]

A young woman living in Athens tries to find herself amidst the demands of her boyfriend, who has a radical political agenda, and her parents, whose only hope is that their daughter begins a career. In the meantime, a tender relationship develops between her and an eight-year-old friend.

Preceded by:

JOEY

Australia, 2012, 17 min, World Premiere

Community Partner: Australians in Film

Director/Writer: John Evagora
Producer: Polly Staniford
Cast: Steve Mouzakis, Anthony Taufa, Claudio Carelli, Katerina Kotsonis

He steals, he sells, he scores. Day in, day out. But today is a special day.


1:00 pm

ONE STEP AHEAD (Ena Vima Brosta)*

Greece, 2012, 126 min, US Premiere

Presented by American Hellenic Council

Community Partner: Pan-Macedonian Association USA

Director: Dimitris Athiridis
Producers: Maria Drandraki, Dimitris Athiridis
[TRAILER]

Yiannis Boutaris, a successful winemaker and the maverick mayoral candidate for Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, faces his enemies within and without with equal courage and uncompromising honesty.

*2012 IDFA, Official Selection

Preceded by:

TOOTHBRUSHES

Greece, 2011, 5 min, US Premiere

Directors: Nikos Branidis, Yiannis Bougioukas
Writer: Kathrin Freytag
Producer: Yiannis Bougioukas
Cast: Kathrin Freytag, Nikos Branidis
[TRAILER]

Life happens within the four walls of a tiny bathroom.
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5:00 pm

MITSIGAN – HARDSHIPS & BEAUTIES (Mitsigan – Omorfies & Dyskolies)*

Greece/France, 2013, 60 min, US Premiere
Closing Night Presentation
Presented by Earth Friendly Products


Pre-reception
Orpheus Awards presentation

Director/Writer: Kimon Tsakiris
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Kimon Tsakiris
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When Mitsos Tsiganos, nicknamed “Mitsigan”, a modern-day Greek cowboy and owner of “Hardships & Beauties” vegetable farm, is struck by both professional and personal crisis, he decides to go on a short road trip in search of signs of hope.

Preceded by:

OUT OF FRAME (Titloi Telous)

Greece, 2012, 10 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Giorgos Zois
Producers: Giorgos Zois, Maria Drandaki
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In Greece, billboard advertisement has been outlawed. There are hundreds of blank billboards going to waste. But the empty frames are now the message. And we are out of frame.

*69th Venice Film Festival (2012), European Film Award
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7:30 pm

Dinner reception at the residence of Consul General Elisabeth Fotiadou will follow the Closing Night festivities. Gold Pass holders and by invitation only.
Presented by Costa Navarino Luxury Resort