Saturday June 10

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


 

Saturday, June 10 | 12:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - JANUS’ LEGACY & SHORT FILMS: Saturday, June 10 | 12:00 PM | RIGLER

JANUS’ LEGACY: REFUGEE PASSAGE TO EUROPE (Me ti matia tou Ianou. Prosfyges sto dromo pros tin Evropi)
Greece, 2016, 93 min, US Premiere, Documentary


Directors/Producers: Alexandros Spathis, Dimitris Papageorgiou
Screenwriter: Dimitris Papageorgiou
Director of Photography: Constantinos Giaptses
Editor: Alexandros Spathis
Music Composer: Nikos Andrikos

JANUS captures the problems and options faced by refugees in their contact with the reception society and relating to different levels of interaction, involving municipal and state authorities, NGOs, local inhabitants and generally Greek citizens, and especially the specific section of Greeks or foreigners, who were enlisted as volunteers trying to assist them.

*2016 Chalkida Documentary Festival
*2017 International Documentary Film Festival of Peloponissos
 

MONICA
Greece/Germany/B&H, 2016, 5 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Production Designer/Editor: Dimitris Argyriou
Director of Photography: Lev Predan Kowarski
Music Composer: Mihali Paleologou
Principal Cast: Ivana Pavlakovik

Monica wanted to become a hairdresser when she was young but things went wrong. This is her story – based on a real interview with a human trafficking victim.

*2016 London Greek Film Festival – Best Experimental Film
*2016 Festival De Cannes – Short Film Corner
*2016 Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival
*2017 Athens International Digital Film Festival
 

UMMI
Greece, 2016, 15 min, LA Premiere, Short


Director/Screenwriter: Niko Avgoustidi
Producer: Phaedra Vokali
Director of Photography: Yiannis Fotou
Production Designer: Mina Dreki
Editor: Christos Giannakopoulos
Principal Cast: Mohamed Badawy, Anna Maria Reppa, Chrisi Pitianou

Mohamed, a six-year-old refugee, finds himself alone on a crowded Aegean beach. He is hiding behind a rock, watching the tourists bathe and waits for his “ummi” (mother) to arrive. He lost her in the sea and has to find her again to continue on their great trip to the West.

*2016 Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece – Special Prize for Debut Director
*2016 MedFilm Festival Rome – Best Short Film (Methexis & University Jury’s Award )
*2016 Palm Springs International ShortFest
*2016 Athens International Film Festival

 

Saturday, June 10 | 2:00 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Eventbrite - CLIFFS OF FREEDOM Actors Panel:  Saturday, June 10 | 2:00 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

CLIFFS OF FREEDOM Actors Panel

 

Saturday, June 10 | 2:30 PM | RIGLER
Presented by American Hellenic Council


Eventbrite - ROZA OF SMYRNA & MEMORIES OF A DOLL: Saturday, June 10 | 2:30 PM | RIGLER

ROZA OF SMYRNA (I Roza tis Smyrnis)
Greece, 2016, 97 min


Director: George Kordellas
Writer: Christina Lazaridi
Producer: Panos Papahadzis
Cinematographer: Kostis Gikas
Editor: Yannis Tsitsopoulos
Music: Dimitris Papadimitriou
Costume Designer: Yioula Zoiopoulou
Cast: Tasos Nousias, Leda Protopsalti, Evgenia Dimitropoulou, Yilmaz Gruda

Izmir 1922: Young Roza is preparing to get married. Athens today: The passion of a young collector leads him to the coast of Asia Minor. An old photo and a wedding dress is enough to unfold an old and a new love story. The smell of the antique shops, the charm of the trips, the challenge of the mystery create the atmosphere to discover.

*2017 Hellenic Film Academy – Best Costume Award
*2017 SEEFest – Best Cinematography Award
 

MEMORIES OF A DOLL (Anamnisis mias kouklas)
Greece, 2017, 19 min, North American Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Michail Charalampidis
Producers: Stella Dimadis, Evi Minou, Michail Charalampidis
Director of Photography: Dimitris Stabolis
Production Designer: Maria Michailidou
Music Composer: Michael Zielski
Principal Cast: Ariadni Anesti, Maja Tsilinikos, Charalampos Papadopoulos, Marianna Lagourou

In the midst of the Greek Genocide in Asia Minor in the early 1920s, a young girl sacrifices her childhood in order to protect her younger siblings.

*2017 Argo Film Festival – 2nd Coolest Film Award

 

Saturday, June 10 | 3:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Eventbrite - CLIFFS OF FREEDOM Case Study: Saturday, June 10 | 3:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

CLIFFS OF FREEDOM Case Study

 

Saturday, June 10 | 4:00 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - LAUGHTER WITHOUT BORDERS & SHORT FILMS:  Saturday, June 10 | 4:00 PM | SPIELBERG

LAUGHTER WITHOUT BORDERS
USA, 2016, 36 min, West Coast Premiere, Documentary


Director/Writer: Andrew Horton
Producer: Andrew Horton & Brady Foster
Cinematographer/Editor: Brady Foster
Music Composer: Dionisis Aspiotis
Cast: Oldoz Javidi, Jonas Sjögren, Mika Oskarson Kindstrand, Jessica Gustafsson

Swedish Clowns in Greece helping Syrian Refugees. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. A University of Oklahoma film professor, Andrew Horton, decided to travel to northern Greece and film four clowns making Syrian refugees laugh. He is now sharing his experience through a new film, LAUGHTER WITHOUT BORDERS. I got the idea last year when the big migration of Syrian refugees left Turkey and went to Greece, ”OU professor Andrew Horton said.“ American clowns [from Clowns Without Borders] were in Greece traveling around the different villages doing anything they could to try and make the refugees laugh and enjoy life. That made me decide that I needed to share the stories of these four clowns.”

 

CUBE (Kyvos)
Greece, 2016, 22 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Alexandros Skouras
Director of Photography: Giorgos Michelis
Production Designer: Dimitra Sourlantzi
Editor: Nikos Vavouris
Music Composer: Giorgos Arkomanis
Principal Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Sofia Seirli, Sirmo Keke

Makis, an idle person, has nothing important to show except the impressive speed with which he solves the Rubik’s Cube. Along with his sister and his mother, they gather at their family home to welcome the younger and beloved brother who returns from abroad.

*2016 International Short Film Festival in Drama 2016 – Golden Dionysus Award
*2016 Athens International Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award
*2016 Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival – Cinematic Achievement Award
*2016 Athens Digital International Film Festival – Best Director, Best Male Actor
 

TIM OF THE JUNGLE
USA, 2017, 19 min, World Premiere


Director/Screenwriter: Nasos Gatzoulis
Screenwriter: David Brent
Producer: Leal Naim
Director of Photography: Jesper Duelund
Production Designer: Laura Santoyo
Editor: Rebecca Lodi
Music Composer: Cam Ballantyne
Principal Cast: Martin Spanjers, John Gloria, Christine Fairfax

A high school student attempting to complete his musical opus keeps getting distracted by the intense fights of his mentally imbalanced father and overly doting mother. All Tim wants is to finish the soundtrack for the horror film his friend is making at school. But first he has to face the everyday terrors of his own family; a mentally imbalanced father, an overly doting mother, and the intense fights that put him in the middle of their messed up relationship. Will Tim be able to turn all this emotional turmoil into beautiful music or will he too be claimed by madness?

 

A STONE APPEARS
USA, 2016, 11 min, LA Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Production Designer: Constantine Venetopoulos
Producers: Emma Doxiadi, Thoma Kikis
Director of Photography: Sean Price Williams
Editor: Jon Eckhaus
Music Composer: Jon Eckhaus
Principal Cast: Emma Doxiadi, Bill Skarsgård

A man and a woman live in a secluded space repeating their daily routine throughout an infinite loop, until A Stone Appears which alters the way they perceive the world and each other.

*2016 Athens Film Festival
*2016 New York Greek Film Festival
 

TRUST NO ONE
USA, 2016, 16 min, US Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Simon Kassianides
Director of Photography: Michael Stine
Production Designer: Frida Rivera Oliva
Editor: Joaquin Elizondo
Music Composer: Rui Da Silva
Principal Cast: Simon Kassianides, Brett Dalton, Brian Patrick Wade, Katherine Crawford

Edward Snowden. Julian Assange. Chelsea Manning. These are the men who survived. There have been others…What would happen to a whistleblower on the run on US soil? Ben Logan goes up against the full might of the clandestine force of the USA that he’s helped to build. Armed with nothing but his resourcefulness, a single useful contact in ‘Amber’ – an ex-deniable ops operative he’s blackmailing – and the stolen intel he’s running with, the odds of him surviving are slim to none. His world and the moral fate of the west hangs in the balance.

 

Saturday, June 10 | 5:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - SWING AWAY & EAU DE MINNIE: Saturday, June 10 | 5:00 PM | RIGLER

SWING AWAY
USA/Greece, 2016, 98 min, LA Premiere


Director: Michael Achilles Nickles
Writer: Paul Robert Lingas, Julia Wall
Producer: George Stephanopoulos, Stam. Tom Hiotis, Costas Lambropoulos, George Kiriakos
Production Designer: Katerina Zourari
Cinematographer: Yiannis Daskalothansis
Editor: Lambis Haralambidis
Music: Tao Zervos
Cast: Shannon Elizabeth, John O’Hurley, Manos Gavras, Renos Haralambidis, Karl Theobald, Alexandros Mylonas, Olga Damani, Christos Sourgaris, Viktoria Miller

Following a suspension, professional golfer Zoe travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape harsh publicity. She meets and mentors a 10 year-old girl. Rediscovering her Greek heritage and her love of the game, she inspires the town in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.

*2016 Bridges International Film Festival, Nafplio Greece – Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography
*2016 Cyprus International Film Festival, Paphos Cyprus – Director Veteran’s Award
 

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE “EAU DE MINNIE”
USA, 2015, 4 min, Animation


Director: Paul Rudish, Aliki Theofilopoulos
Principal Cast: Chris Diamantopoulos (Mickey Mouse), Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse)

Minnie’s night out with Mickey is put in jeopardy after her new perfume enchants the whole city.

*2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

 

Saturday, June 10 | 6:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Eventbrite - Masterclass with ELINA PSYKOU: Saturday, June 10 | 6:15 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Masterclass with ELINA PSYKOU

 

Saturday, June 10 | 7:30 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - THE OTHER ME & A BEAUTIFUL DAY: Saturday, June 10 | 7:30 PM | RIGLER

THE OTHER ME (Eteros Ego)
Greece, 2016, 100 min, US Premiere


Director/Writer: Sotiris Tsafoulias
Producer: Sotiris Tsafoulias, Fenia Cossovitsa
Production Designer: Elias Ledakis
Cinematographer: Giorgos Mihelis
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Yorgos Georgopoulos
Music: Kostas Maragos
Cast: Pygmalion Dadakaridis, Manos Vakousis, Dimitris Katalifos, Ioanna Kolliopoulou

Five murders. Dimitris Lainis, a peculiar criminology professor, undertakes to assist police in solving the hidden mystery. His only alias the puzzle of Pythagorean theorems and a professor of mathematics, who as another “deus ex machina” will lead him towards the solution. The closer he gets, the more he steps into some dangerous paths. Will he be able to resolve the mystery?

*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Audience Award, Youth Award
*2017 Hellenic Film Academy – Special effects Award
 

A BEAUTIFUL DAY
USA, 2016, 20 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Producer: Phedon Papamichael
Screenwriters/Producers: Angeliki Giannakopoulos, Casey Cannon
Director of Photography: Cory Geryak
Art Director: Lasha Zambakhidze
Editor: Genevieve Butler
Music Composer: Nick Athens
Principal Cast: James Brolin, Frances Fisher, Rick Rossovich, Michael J. Gonzalez

Gene gets up day after day and follows the same monotonous routine that he has lived since the death of his wife ten years earlier. He is aging fast from illness and loneliness and has given up on the future.Today, however, he awakens with a new determination to end the life he has known. Today, there is a new resolve that will change the course of everything. 

*2017 ECU Film Festival – Best Non-European Dramatic Short
*2017 Houston Worldfest – Special Jury Prize for Narrative shorts
*2017 Omaha Film Festival – Best Narrative Short

 

Saturday, June 10 | 8:00 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - AFTERLOV & A SCREAM THAT’S TRAPPED INSIDE: Saturday, June 10 | 8:00 PM | SPIELBERG

AFTERLOV
Greece, 2016, 94 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Stergios Paschos
Producer: Marni Films, Phaedra Vokali
Production Designer: Simon Nikolaidis
Cinematographer: Christos Kapatos
Editor: Stamos Dimitropoulos
Music: Melentini
Cast: Haris Fragoulis, Iro Bezou

Nikos, still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, invites her to a luxury villa he takes care of, in order to get answers. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? A funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.

*2016 Locarno FF – Youth Jury Award in Cineasti del Presente competition
*2016 Thessaloniki IFF – Best Artistic Achievement Award, Special Mention for Haris Fragoulis
*2017 Festival International du Film d’ Amour de Mons – Le Prix Cineuropa
 

A SCREAM THAT’S TRAPPED INSIDE
USA, 2017, 15 min


Director/Screenwriter: Savvas Christou
Producer: Amari Agee
Director of Photography: Manuel V. Isaza
Production Designer: Yukti Dhingra
Editor: Javad Emami
Principal Cast: Birgit Ludemann

An unfaithful wife comes back home from her husband’s funeral to experience a mind game full of guilt. Memories, thoughts and self-criticism are messing with her head and lead her in an agonizing experience with the paranormal. She follows some notes to find an anniversary present by her husband. His promise was to be always by her side no matter what.

 

Saturday, June 10 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - XAMOU & YOU’VE MADE YOUR BED NOW LIE IN IT: Saturday, June 10 | 10:00 PM | RIGLER

XAMOU
Greece, 2016, 87 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Clio Fanouraki
Producer/Production Designer: Clio Fanouraki
Cinematographer: Thomas Varvias
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music: Loudovikos ton Anogeion, Yorgis Manolakis, Maro Theodorakis
Cast: George Corraface, Sophia Hill, Lefteris Eleftheriouv

Based on the Cretan land and people, XAMOU is not a film about the Greek crisis. It is an optimistic film about all the crises, those who refute the established and force us to reinvent ourselves and our relationships with people, land…and the world around us.

*2106 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
*2017 28th Palm Springs Film Festival
 

YOU’VE MADE YOUR BED, NOW LIE IN IT (Som ein reier så ligg ein)
Norway, 2016, 15 min


Director: Alexander Zwart
Screenwriter: Tomas Solli
Producer: Valia Phyllis Zwart
Director of Photography: Pål Ulvik Rokseth
Production Designer: Cecilie de Lange
Editor: Henrik Pedersen
Music Composer: Kim Berg, Levi Gawrock Trøite (Monomenn)
Principal Cast: Sverre Horge

This farm will rot with me.
Aksel is renowned for his ability to predict the future, and suddenly he has a vision the elderly farmer Knut will die in three days. When he tells Knut this, the old man initiates a mission to save the farm from falling into the hands of his annoying brother. Even though he’s going to be six feet under in three days, he’s not going down without a fight.

*2016 Drama International Short Film Festival, Greece
*2016 LA Shorts Fest, USA

 

Saturday, June 10 | 10:00 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - PARK & FOX: Saturday, June 10 | 10:00 PM | SPIELBERG

PARK
Greece/Poland, 2016, 100 min, LA Premiere


Director/Writer: Sofia Exarchou
Producer: Amanda Livanou, Christos Konstantakopoulos
Production Designer: Pinelopi Valti
Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska, PSC
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music: The Boy
Cast: Dimitris Kitsos, Dimitra Vlagkopoulou, Enuki Gvenetadze, Lena Kitsopoulou, Yorgos Panteleakis

Athens Olympic Village, ten years after the Games: wilding youths, injured retired athletes and stray dogs among ruins and decaying sports venues. Isolated and abandoned, surrounded by decaying sport venues, the Athens Olympic Village is today a near-deserted place. Its only residents a few working class families who were offered free housing following the 2004 Games. Stuck inside the village a group of boys wander around the ruins playing distorted versions of Olympic Games and organizing dog mating for money.

*2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival – New Director Award
*2016 Geneva International Film Festival – Special Mention for directiing
*2016 Reykjavik International Film Festival – Nominated Grand Prix
*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
 

FOX
Greece, 2016, 28 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Screenwriter: Jacqueline Lentzou
Producer: Fenia Cossovitsa
Director of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Production Designer: Eva Goulakou
Editor: Smaro Papaevangelou
Music Composer: The Boy
Principal Cast: Nikos Zegkinoglou, Nota Tserniafski, Katerina Zisoudi

Athens. A heatwave. After an intense argument with his mother, Stafanos, a rebel teenager, is left alone with his siblings and his sick dog Lucy. None of them realizes that this is the last carefree day of their life. Everything has already changed.

*2016 69th Locarno International Film Festival – Best International Short Film
*2016 22nd Athens International Film Festival – Best Actor, 2nd Best Film
*2016 39th Drama International Short Film Festival – Panhellenic Film Critics Association Award
*2017 7th La Semaine du Cinema 2017 – Un Certain Regard Special Award