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13th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

June 3-9, 2019


CLIFFS OF FREEDOM (Not in Competition)

USA, 2019, 137 min

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by National Hellenic Society

June 7, 2019 8:00 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Van Ling
Writer(s): Van Ling, Marianne Metropoulos
Producer(s): Casey Cannon, Marianne Metropoulos
Cast: Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin, Raza Jaffrey, Christopher Plummer

The story of an ill-fated romance between a young Greek village girl and a conflicted Turkish officer during the dawn of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

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EPIPHANY

United States, 2018, 85 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 6, 2019 8:30 pm
Spielberg Theatre - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis
Writer(s): Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis
Producer(s): Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Jane Kelly Kosek, Penny Edmiston
Cinematography: Alice Gu
Editor(s): Ryan Murphy, Soojin Chung
Music: Nuno Malo
Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Caitlin Carmichael, George Georgiou, Scottie Thompson, Burt Young

Epiphany follows the story of Luka desperate to connect with her negligent father in a Greek sponge diving town in Florida. While also struggling in her relationship to her pill-addicted uncle, Luka befriends an older man and slowly uncovers her family’s mysterious past.

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HER JOB (I Doulia Tis)

Greece, 2018, 90 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by GP Kolovos & Associates

June 9, 2019 6:00 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Nikos Labôt
Writer(s): Katerina Kleitsioti, Nikos Labôt
Producer(s): Maria Drandaki, Julie Paratian
Cinematography: Dionysis Efthymiopoulos
Editor(s): Dounia Sichov
Music: Onno
Cast: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Dimitris Imellos

Panayiota, a 37-year-old illiterate housewife, leads a quiet life with her family in a modest neighborhood in Athens, Greece. To cope with the recession, Panayiota for the first time in her life finds a job as a cleaner and breaks free from domestic monotony. Gradually gains the respect she never had from her family and face again her personal dead ends. But Panayiota cannot be the same anymore.

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HOLY BOOM

Greece, 2018, 99 min, West Coast Premiere

June 7, 2019 9:30 pm
Spielberg Theatre - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Maria Lafi
Writer(s): Maria Lafi , Elena Dimitrakopoulou
Producer(s): Lilette Botassi, Tefta Bejko
Cinematography: Ilias Adamis
Editor(s): Yorgos Paterakis, Kenan Akkawi
Music: Lakis Halkiopoulos
Cast: Nena Menti, Luli Bitri, Anastasia Rafaela Konidi, Samuel Akinola

Multiple storylines take place in a multicultural area of Athens during Orthodox Easter. The lives of four strangers, who live in the same neighborhood, change dramatically when, on Palm Sunday, the neighborhood’s postbox is blasted just for laughs. The consequences are relentless while Thalia watches everyone in the neighborhood, having lost her only chance to find happiness.

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IN THIS LAND NOBODY KNEW HOW TO CRY (S’ Afti Ti Hora Kanis Den Ixere Na Klei)

Greece, 2018, 90 min, US Premiere

June 8, 2019 3:15 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Giorgos Panousopoulos
Writer(s): Giorgos Panousopoulos
Producer(s): Eleni Kossyfidou
Cinematography: Christos Karamanis
Editor(s): Nikos Vavouris
Music: Vangelis Fampas
Cast: Margarita Panousopoulou, Serge-Requet Barville, Babis Hatzidakis, Fotini Tsakiri, Yannis Hajiyannis

Something magical is happening in a small uncharted island, somewhere in the Aegean Sea: Two unsuspecting foreigners, a French member of the European Parliament and a young economist, arrive in idyllic Armenaki with a fishing boat and become acquainted with the bizarre lifestyle and subversive moral values of its people and let themselves get carried away by the vortex of love and this charming place that has the power to change people’s lives.

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KAZANTZAKIS (Kazantzakis)

Greece, France, 2017, 120 min, West Coast Premiere

June 9, 2019 2:00 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Ioannis Smaragdis
Script Adaptation: Ioannis Smaragdis
Producer(s): Eleni Smaragdi, Vincent Michaud – 2017 films
Cinematography: Ari Stavrou
Set and Costume Design: George Patsas
Editor(s): Stella Filippopoulou
Music: Minos Matsas
Cast: Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Marina Kalogirou, Nikos Kardonis, Thodoris Atheridis

The true story of the greatest Greek author of the 20th century, Nikos Kazantzakis, based on his autobiography “Report to Greco”.

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MELTEM

France-Greece, 2019, 87 min, North American Premiere

Presented by West Coast Investors and the Argyropoulos Family

June 5, 2019 7:00 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Basile Doganis
Producer(s): Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil, Fenia Cossovitsa
Cinematography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor(s): Riwanon Le Beller
Music: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis
Cast: Daphne Patakia, Rabah Naït Oufella, Lamine Cissokho, Akis Sakellariou

July 2015. Elena, a young French woman of Greek origin returns to Lesbos with her friends Nassim and Sekou to inherit her mother’s house one year after her death. But the holiday takes a totally new course when Elena and her friends encounter Elyas, a Syrian migrant of their age.

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PAUSE (Pafsi)

Greece-Cyprus, 2018, 96 min, LA Premiere

June 6, 2019 6:15 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Tonia Mishiali
Writer(s): Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou
Producer(s): Andros Achilleos, Stelana Kliris, Tonia Mishiali
Cast: Stela Fyrogeni, Andreas Vassiliou, Popi Avraam

In a desperate attempt to escape from the misery of a loveless marriage, Elpida finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur.

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STILL RIVER (Akinito Potami)

Greece, 2018, 128 min, US Premiere

June 6, 2019 8:30 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Angelos Frantzis
Writer(s): Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Kribalis
Producer(s): Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Editor(s): Nelly Ollivault
Music: Coti K.
Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou

Anna and Petros, a Greek couple living in Siberia, are shocked to learn that Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. With Petros looking for a logical explanation and Anna turning to the spiritual for answers, their previously unshakeable bond starts to falter and cracks begin to show. Set against the striking frozen landscapes of Siberia, “Still River” is a haunting, touching suspense drama about love, trust, and faith struggling in the face of doubt.

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THE MOUNTAIN TEARS (Ta dakria tou vounou)

Greece, 2018, 111 min, North American Premiere

June 8, 2019 1:00 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Stelios Charalampopoulos
Cast: Nikos Georgopoulos, Spyros Zambelis, Argyris Kogas, Loukia Katopodi

The tears of the mountain’ follows the odyssey of a company of stonemasons during the troublesome first years of the previous century. Driven away from their land, with war at their heels, cut off by winter, they will perish one by one. Only Markos, the master of the builders, will keep going, like a modern Ulysses, relentless in his quest.

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THE RIGHT POCKET OF THE ROBE (H Dexia Tsepi tou Rasou)

Greece, 2018, 89 min

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the study of Hellenic Culture

June 3, 2019 7:00 pm
James Bridges Theater - UCLA

Category: Features
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Director(s): Yiannis Lapatas
Writer(s): Stella Vasilantonaki
Producer(s): Artemis productions
Cast: Thodoris Antoniadis, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Lampros Stavrinopoulos, Manos Vakousis

A lonely monk tries to manage the unbearable sadness and loneliness that suddenly and unexpectedly “return” when he loses his only companion. His dog. Extreme emotions will make him “converse” with his past, and due to this “humble”, for some, trigger, he will reposition his course and his life.

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THE WAITER

Greece, 2018, 95 min, North American Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by Cinemax

June 8, 2019 8:30 pm
Rigler Theater - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Steve Krikris
Writer(s): Steve Krikris
Producer(s): Nikolas Alavanos, Steve Krikris
Cinematography: Giorgos Karvelas
Editor(s): Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Ioanna Pogiantzi
Music: Coti K.
Cast: Aris Servetalis, Yannis Stankoglou, Chiara Gensini

Renos, a lonely professional waiter, sees his well-organized life routine changing after an unexpected series of events.

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½ NEW YEAR

United States, 2018, 75 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 7, 2019 7:45 pm
Spielberg Theatre - Egyptian

Category: Features
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Director(s): Tom Morash
Writer(s): Georgia Menides, Drew McAnany
Producer(s): Zachary Block
Cinematography: Pierce Cook
Music: Eric Hirsch
Cast: Drew McAnany, Shanley Caswell, Rome Flynn, Bo Youngblood, Brooke Lewis, John Ierardi, Matt Schulte, Jeff Dye, Rebecca Vinagro

An ensemble dramedy, about a group of friends who celebrate 6 months into a year with a big party. Last year, relationships were tested and truths were revealed that would forever change the way this fun-loving group sees the world and each other. This year, pieces are still being picked up as the group bands together to wish one of their own a farewell, as he prepares to move cross-country.

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