Thursday June 8

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


 

Thursday, June 8 | 4:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - FROG, HINGE, THE GREEK, VITHISMA & PLAY: Thursday, June 8 | 4:00 PM | RIGLER

FROG (Vatrachos)
Greece, 2016, 21 min, North American Premiere


Director/Screenwriter: Stevi Panagiotaki
Director of Photography: Wiktor Roch Dobraczynski
Production Designer: Eleni Kariori
Editor: Smaro Papaevangelou
Music Composer: Ilias Kampanis
Principal Cast: Thomas Kazasis, Michael Ikonomou, Nikos Pantelides

Vangelis is in his 30s, lives in Athens and falling into depression. One morning he receives a phone call for an interview about a position in a gas station. Vangelis really needs the job but from that moment on, he feels like he is trapped in a toxic environment and he is seeking a way to get out.

*2016 4th Chania Film Festival, Crete
 

HINGE
USA, 2017, 15 min, West Coast Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Peter Koutsogeorgas
Producers: Frank Mosley, Adam Dietrich, Peter Koutsogeorgas
Director of Photography: Mark Hovland
Production Designer: Jonathan Rudak
Principal Cast: Anne Beyer, Robert Grossman, Grover Coulson

The key to a woman’s apartment is taken by something unseen.

*2017 Maryland Film Festival
 

THE GREEK
USA, 2017, 26 min, World Premiere, Documentary


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Anastasios Papapostolou
Screenwriter/Editor: Konstantinos Mousoulis
Director of Photography: Odysseas Karadis
Music Composer: Georgios Soumelidis
Principal Cast: Vaggelis Chatzis

The Greek tells the story and daily struggles inside and outside the ring of the only one-armed professional boxer in the world.

 

VITHISMA
Greece, 2016, 15 min, US Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Polymnia Papadopoulou-Sardeli
Director of Photography: Christina Moumouri
Production Designer: Eleni Kariori
Editor: Livia Neroutsopoulou
Principal Cast: Simeon Tsakiris, Kostas Laskos

After a long trip from Athens, 40-year-old Stathis arrives in Vithisma, his native village which is now abandoned. He is there to sell his family home in which his 75-year-old father, Andreas, still lives.

*2016 39th National Film Festival of Drama – Motivation Award from Greek Film Centre
*2016 Athens International Film Festival
 

PLAY
Greece/Cyprus, 2017, 31 min, North American Premiere


Director: Vangelis Liberopoulos
Screenwriters: Thomas C. Dunn, Avraam Sekeroglou
Producer: Stelios Cotionis, Rodolfos Valentinos, Vangelis Liberopoulos
Director of Photography: Francois Starr
Production Designer: Dimitris Katsikis
Editor: Christodoulos Michailidis
Principal Cast: Giannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Georgakis, Giorgos Kentros

Most adults dream of staying in childhood forever; going through life like a game, free of society’s rules and restrictions. Five employees in a metal company put this dream into effect. What they find is, you may escape the rules but you can’t escape the consequences or taking responsibility for your actions.

 

Thursday, June 8 | 5:00 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - A LATE STYLE OF FIRE & SANDY BEACH: Thursday, June 8 | 5:00 PM | SPIELBERG

A LATE STYLE OF FIRE: LARRY LEVIS, AMERICAN POET
USA, 2016, 93 min, LA Premiere, Documentary


Director/Producer: Michele Poulos
Producer: Gregory Donovan
Director of Photography: Kevin Gallagher
Editor: Gloriana Fonseca Wills
Music Composer: Iron & Wine
Principal Cast: Philip Levine, Charles Wright, David St. John

The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. Is self-destruction required for a serious life of art? Featuring an original score by Iron and Wine, this innovative documentary explores his childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words for answers.

*2017 Palm Beach International Film Festival
*2017 Richmond International Film Festival
 

SANDY BEACH
Greece, 2016, 12 min


Director/Screenwriter: Thanos Papastergiou
Producers: Maria Hatzakou, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Thanos Papastergiou
Director of Photography: Christos Karamanis
Production Designer: Daphne Koutra
Editor: Marie Lee
Principal Cast: Theano Vassiliou, Christos Kalavrouzos

Summer. Southern Crete. A woman takes her father for their usual Sunday swim. But an unexpected break in their routine plunges them both into uncharted waters.

*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
*2016 Toronto Film Festival
*2017 Aspen Short Film Festival

 

Thursday, June 8 | 6:30 PM | RIGLER| FREE SCREENING

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Eventbrite - THE OGRE OF ATHENS: Thursday, June 8 | 6:30 PM | RIGLER | FREE SCREENING

THE OGRE OF ATHENS (O Drakos)
Greece, 1956, 103 min


Director: Nikos Koundouros
Writer: Iakovos Kambanellis
Producer: Athens Film Company
Cinematographer: Kostas Theodoridis
Editor: Nikos Koundouros
Music: Manos Hatzidakis
Cast: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Thanasis Veggos

A peaceful innocent man is mistaken for a serial ravisher and killer who looks very much like him. He finds himself on the run by everyone that knows him, and finally hides inside a nightclub owned by small crooks. In his face, they see the leader that will give them everything they desire.

 

Thursday June 8 | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Eventbrite - Greek Cinema Today - LAGFF Filmmakers Roundtable: Thursday June 8 | 7:30 PM | SPIELBERG | FREE EVENT

Greek Cinema Today: LAGFF Filmmakers Roundtable


LAGFF filmmakers discuss film production in Greece. The challenges one has to face trying to make films in a time of crisis, the filmmaking community that has been built and how important art is in the recent years where Greece is rebuilding its identity.

 

Thursday, June 8 | 8:30 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - BOY ON THE BRIDGE & ETHNOPHOBIA: Thursday, June 8 | 8:30 PM | RIGLER

BOY ON THE BRIDGE (To agori sti gefira)
Cyprus, 2016, 85 min, West Coast Premiere


Director: Petros Charalambous
Writer(s): Stavros Pamballis, Eve Makis
Producer(s): Marios Piperides, Janine Teerling, AMP Filmworks
Production Designer: Andreas Antoniou
Cinematographer: Yorgos Rahmatoulin
Editor: Soteris Christou
Music: Andrey Dergachev
Cast: Thanasis Drakopoulos

In a seemingly idyllic Cypriot village, twelve-year-old Socrates’ careless summer days of riding his bike and tantalizing the local residents come to an abrupt end when he finds himself at the center of a murder investigation, which exposes a dark family secret and changes his life forever. Confronted with a dilemma that will change his life forever, Socrates discovers the meaning of love, family loyalty and courage.

*2016 29th European Cinema Panorama Film Festival – Best Film Award
*2016 17th Festival Du Grain A Demoudre – Best Film Young Jury Cinephile Award
*2017 Hellenic Film Academy – Nominated for Best First Time Director Award
 

ETHNOPHOBIA
Greece/Albania, 2016, 15 min, Animation


Director/Director of Photography/Production Designer: Joan Zhonga
Screenwriter: Petros Koskinas
Producers: Manolis Sakkadakis, Irida Zhonga
Editor: Irida Zhonga
Music Composer: Vanias Apergis
Principal Cast: Thanasis Tsaltabasis, Giorgos Frantzaskakis, Afroditi Georgousi, Stephanie Filiadi

Survival, clash and symbiosis go side by side; all accompanied by bursts of joy and pain as
a result of man’s internal need to find and exaggerate differences when similarities are
obviously greater.

*2016 International Short Film Festival in Drama – Best Animation Award
*2017 Open World Animation Festival – Best in Show Award & Critics Award
*2017 Athens Animfest – Best Greek Animation Award, Special Mention Music Score Award & 2nd Audience Award

 

Thursday, June 8 | 8:30 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - BLISS & MARY'S LULLABY: Thursday, June 8 | 8:30 PM | SPIELBERG

BLISS (Eftichia)
Greece, 2016, 84 min, North American Premiere


Director/Writer/Producer: Christos Pitharas
Production Designer: Pinelopi Valti
Cinematographer: Evgenios Dionisopoulos, Nikos Thomas
Editor: Vasilis Stavropoulos
Music: Ntinos Tselis
Cast: Xanthi Spanou, Themis Bazaka, Dimitris Alexandris, Stavros Symeonidis, Christos Stergioglou

Anna, a detached and introverted woman in her early 30s, keeps finding Post-It notes with countdown numbers stuck on her door, triggering a series of events that will shatter her mental health. When a man starts stalking her, Anna suspects everyone she knows, clashing with friends and family. Her meeting with her stalker will be the only way out. “BLISS” is a tragicomic glance at the life of a young woman, viewed through a distorted perception of reality.

*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
*2016 Athens International Film Festival
*2016 Buenos Aires International Film Festival
 

MARY’S LULLABY (To Nanourisma tis Marias)
Greece, 2016, 19 min, US Premiere


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Dinos Panagokos
Producer: Tilemachos Sarlis
Director of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Production Designer: Kiki Miliou
Editor: Panayotis Angelopoulos
Music Composer: Zorzes Katris
Principal Cast: Aulona Loupa, Valantis Frangos, Vasilis Vasilakis

Philip and Mary, a recently married couple of hydrobiologists, live and work in a house by the lake, celebrating and waiting for the coming of their unborn child. Mary’s unexpected miscarriage and a future of infertility will redefine their relationship.

*2016 Drama Short Film Festival- Best Film Award (Silver Dionysus)