Friday, June 3

10th annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

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Friday, June 3, 4:00 pm
SPIELBERG/EGYPTIAN THEATER

GOLDEN DAWN: A PERSONAL AFFAIR (Hrisi Avgi: Prosopiki Ypothesi)
Greece, 2015, 90 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Angelique Kourounis
Writer: Angelique Kourounis, Thomas Iacobi
Producers: Omina TV, Arte, Yemaya Productions
Cast: English narration: Alexia Eastwood


The financial collapse, the political instability, and the family relations are placed into the spotlight as the documentary is trying to discover “what’s in the head of Golden Dawners, who pose as victims of the system?”

* 2015 Lyon International Film Festival
* 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
* 2016 Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos

 
THE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT
USA, 2015, 21 min

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Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos
Writer: George Pelecanos
Producer: Kyle David Crosby and Matthew Stephen Crosby
Cast: Thaddeus Street, Steven Maurice, Anwan Glover

Verdon Coats is not motivated by money or glory, he’s trying to become the man his father has always envisioned him to be.

*2015 DC Shorts Film Festival – Outstanding Local Film
*2015 Rosebud Film Festival – Audience Choice Award
*2015 Maryland Film Festival


 

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Friday, June 3, 4:30 pm
RIGLER/EGYPTIAN THEATER

RIVERBANKS (Ochtes)
Greece/Germany/Turkey, 2015, 96 min

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Director: Panos Karkanevatos
Writer: Panos Karkanevatos, Isidoros Sgouros
Producers: Panos Karkanevatos, Peter Bardehle, Mahmut Ozden
Cast: Elena Mavridou, Andreas Constantino, Levent Uzumcu


Two drifters meet in a border post between Greece and Turkey – one a sapper tasked with clearing a deadly minefield; the other a lonely, disillusioned single mother. Both challenge death daily. Chryssa smuggles illegal immigrants across the border, and Yannis tests his lucky streak on the minefield. They are drawn to each other with the blossoming of a fragile yet powerful love which, like their other obsessions, is a way to cheat another death, that of the soul. The chemistry between the two young actors burns across the no man’s land like a wildfire.

* 2015 Hamburg Film Festival – Germany Cinemed
* 2015 Montpellier, France
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2015 ExGround Wiesbaden Film Festival
* 2016 Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan – Prix de Jur

 
EUROMAN
Denmark-Greece, 2015, 22 min, North American Premiere

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Director: Gabriel Tzafka
Writer: Gabriel Tzafka, Laura Madsen
Producer: Kirstine Barfod


Euroman is happy. His wealthy father and kind mother are proud of him. The bank loves him. His lifestyle is stylish, he likes fancy restaurants and runs and an environmentally sustainable company that he is quite happy with. Europe is not happy though.

*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Eastern and Southern European Film, Silver Dionysus , Special Mention for the Soundtrack
*2015 Athens International Film Festival – Best Screenplay
*2015 Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement
*2015 Cairo International Film Festival – Best Sort


 

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Friday, June 3, 6:30 pm
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MY FRIEND LARRY GUS
Greece, 2016, 72 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Vasilis Katsoupis
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas


Larry Gus, an ambitious and passionate musician leaves everything behind to pursue his career in the States. Will he reach his goal? Will he prove his father wrong? In the course of three years Larry will be endlessly shooting his journey and experiences along the way.

* 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2015 Athens International Film Festival

 
THE SEED (O Sporos)
Greece, 2015, 14 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Ifigeneia Kotsoni
Writer: Ifigeneia Kotsoni
Producer: Panos Bisdas, Ioanna Soultani
Cast: Yulika Skafida


In a not far future where corporations seize all natural resources, Nala a lonely rebel is trying to
break the rules.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Best Sets, Best Costumes, Best Visual Effects
*2015 Athens International Film Festival
*2015 Hellenic Film Academy – “Iris” Best Short Film nomination
*2016 Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner


 
PACINO’S WAY
Greece, 2015, 18 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Haris Pantelidakis
Producer: Haris Pantelidakis
Cast: Haris Pantelidakis, Kimon Kouris, Elsa Siskou, Argiris Gkagkanis


Following an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap a psychiatrist, two kidnappers are forced to deal with the problems of their own relationship.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival
*2015 Athens International Film Festival


 

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Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm
RIGLER/EGYPTIAN THEATER

INVISIBLE
Greece, 2015, 84 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Dimitri Athanitis
Writer: Yorgos Makris
Producers: Dimitri Athanitis, Panos Papadopoulos
Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Kora Karvouni, Kostas Xikominos, Menelaos Hazarakis, Eva Stylander, Nikolitsa Drizi, Virginia Tamparopoulou, Christos Benetsis


Aris, 35, worker in a factory is fired without warning. Shocked, feeling a victim, unable to react rationally, Aris decides to take justice into his own hands. He is ready to proceed with his goal, when his ex-wife appears unexpectedly and abandons their little son to him.

* 2015 London Greek Film Festival – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Special Actor Award
* 2015 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival, International Competition
* 2016 Greek Film Academy – Best Film Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Writer Nomination, Best Actor Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination, Supporting Actress Nomination

 
STUTTERER
UK/Ireland, 2015, 13 min

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Director/Writer: Benjamin Cleary
Producer: Serena Armitage, Sean Christopher Ogilvie
Cinematographer: Michael Paleodimos
Cast: Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie, Eric Richard


A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt and romance in the digital age.

*2016 88th Academy Awards- Best Live Action Short Film
*2016 London Critics Circle Awards – Best Short Film
*2016 Irish Film and Television Award -Best Short Film
*2015 Los Angeles Shorts Film Fest – Best Foreign Film
*2015 Kinofilm Manchester International Film Festival – Best Short Film


 

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Friday, June 3, 9:00 pm
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INTERRUPTION
Greece/France/Croatia, 2015, 110 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Yorgos Zois
Writers: Yorgos Zois, Vasilis Kyriakopoulos
Producers: Maria Drandaki, Elie Meirovitz, Sinisa Juricic
Cast: Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Maria Kallimani, Alexia Kaltsiki, Christos Stergioglou, Maria Filini


A postmodern theater adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy takes place in a central theater in Athens. Every night, the audience are seated and the play begins. The main difference is; life imitates art and not the opposite, by letting the people from the audience participate on stage.

* 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
* 2015 Venice Film Festival
* 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
* 2015 Torino Film Festival
* 2015 Mumbai International Film Festival
* 2015 Istanbul International Film Festival
* 2015 Vilnius International Film Festival
* 2016 Cyprus Film Days

 
BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE
Greece, 2015, 15 min, L.A. Premiere

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Director/Writer: Socrates Alafouzos
Producers: Alex Takis, Socrates Alafouzos, Kostis Gikas, Alexandra Siafkou, Aristotelis Karananos, Vaso Sideri, Michael Nivolianitis, Alexandros Christaras
Cast: Tasos Nousias, Markella Giannatou, Kostas Kazanas, Vana Pefani, Socrates Alafouzos, Jason fokaefs, Iason Fokaefs,Valia Papakonstantinou


The hero embarks on an inner journey in search of his childhood self, hoping to find the courage to face his fears and come back to life.

*2015 Tangier Mediterranean Short Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
*2015 Salento International Film Festival – Best International Short
*2016 Kinofilm International Short Film Festival Manchester – Best Script
*2015 Baghdad International Film Festival – The Jury Prize
*2016 Canada International Film Festival – Rising Star Award
*2016 Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner


 

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Friday, June 3, 9:00 pm
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EXOTICA, EROTICA, ETC.
France, 2015, 71 min, LA Premiere

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Director/Writer: Evangelia Kranioti
Producer: Charlotte Vincent


Sailors are like terrorists. They arrive in ports with a bomb called love and throw it. And do you know what happens? The bomb explodes when they go away and they never come back, destroying the hearts of all the girls in the neighborhood. How strange… To love somebody who pays you..

*2015 Berlinale Forum
*2015 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
*2015 Hot Docs, Toronto
*2015 Munich Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
*2015 Karlovy Vary Film Festival
*2015 Melbourne Film Festival
*2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
*2016 Sarasota Film Festival
*2016 Minneapolis Film Festival

 
SIMON SAYS
Greece/UK, 2015, 13 min, North American Premiere

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Director/Writer: Nikos Tsemberopoulos
Producer: Nikos Tsemberopoulos
Cast: Steven Mortimer, Vasiliki Vlachou (Billie Vee), Keith Eyles


Simon lives a lonely life in London, alienated from his environment. Some nights of the month he pays visits to his internet friends.

*2015 Drama International Short Film Festival – Greeks of the World Award
*2015 Athens International Film Festival- Best Short


 
EKDYSIS
Greece, 2015, 18 min, LA Premiere

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Director: Faidra Tsolina
Writer: Nikolai Hamel
Producer: Nikolai Hamel, Prometheus Aleifer, Faidra Tsolina
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, Sissy Toumasi


A man’s car breaks down next to a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. While trying to decide his next move he is helped along by a mystifying phone conversation and a girl named Dog.

*2015 Cinequest Film Festival
*2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
*2015 Drama International Film Festival – Best Debut Director
*2015 Athens International Film Festival – 3rd place Best Film
*2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival