THURSDAY, JUNE 6

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.

7:30 pm

METEORA*

Germany/Greece/France, 2012, 85 min, US Premiere
Opening Night Presentation

Director: Spiros Stathoulopoulos
Writers: Asimakis Pagidas, Spiros Stathoulopoulos
Producers: Philippe Bobber, Susanne Marian, Spiros Stathoulopoulos, Asimakis Pagidas, Theo Alexander, Yolanda Markopoulou
Cast: Theo Alexander, Tamilla Koulieva
[TRAILER]

In the plains of central Greece, Byzantine monasteries are perched atop sandstone pillars, suspended between heaven and earth. A young Greek monk and a Russian nun have devoted their lives to the strict rituals and practices of their community, but a growing affection for one another puts their monastic life under question. Torn between spiritual devotion and their human desire, they must decide which path to follow.

*2013 Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection

Preceded by:

CHAMOMILE

Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Neritan Zinxhiria
Producers: Yorgos Lykiardopoulos, Bujar Alimani, Neritan Zinxhiria, ERT
Cast: Yota Chatzioannou, Fotis Armenis
[TRAILER]

A strong-willed old woman, her stubborn mule, and a soulless body. She is alone against the harsh elements of the northern Greek winter, and the cycle of life.

*2012 Athens International Film Festival, Golden Athena – Best Short Film
*2012 Drama International Short Film Festival, Golden Dionysus – Best Short Film, Best South and Eastern Europe Film, Greek Union of Film Critics Award
*2012 FilmFest Dresden, Golden Horseman Fiction
* 2013 Hellenic Film Academy, Best Short Film

Followed by:
Reception catered by Petros Restaurant and wine tasting by Athenee Importers

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