SHORTS

14th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

October 1-15, 2020


A JAR OF NUTS (Fistikia Aiginis)

Cyprus/United Kingdom/Greece, 2019, 17 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Savvas Stavrou
Writer(s): Savvas Stavrou
Producer(s): Marios Petrondas, Emma Doxiadi
Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Katerina Latta, Alexandros Mylonas

Isolated in his apartment, the lonely forty-year-old Giorgos meticulously devises an intricate plan to take his life after his beloved mother chokes to death on a pistachio.As the day progresses, Giorgos allows excuses, obstacles, and people to hinder his final deadly leap from the balcony, completely oblivious to the true reason behind all his stalling.  […]

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ALL THE FIRES THE FIRE (Oles oi foties i fotia)

Greece, 2019, 24 min, US Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis
Writer(s): Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, Elizampetta Ilia Georgiadou
Producer(s): Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, Michalis Alexakis
Cast: Nikos Georgakis , Dimitris Xanthopoulos , Thanasis Bratos , Vaggelis Tsimpogiannis

Men set birds free in the mountains. Two grieving, estranged brothers try their marksmanship together with their sons. It’s the hunting season. Can a bird’s heart stop in the sky with no bullets coming through its body?

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BIRDS WITH NO LEGS

United Kingdom/Greece, 2019, 19 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Pavlos Stamatis
Writer(s): Pavlos Stamatis
Producer(s): Konstantinos Iordanou
Cast: Leo Gregory, Anabel Kutay, John Ioannou

In a 24/7 burger place, a man engages in a flirtatious conversation with a woman with no arms, as she uses him to get fed her burger. With each bite, the conversation turns deeper and darker as the woman digs deep into his subconscious with her questioning.

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CHOPPER

United Kingdom, 2019, 9 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Giorgos Kapsanakis
Writer(s): Giorgos Kapsanakis, Oliver Morriss, Simone Ceresato
Producer(s): Simone Ceresato, Giorgos Kapsanakis
Cast: Eleanor Inglis , Alfred Hoffman, George Dillon

Angie refuses to let her grandfather – an ex-biker who suffers from dementia – be taken to a nursing home for his last days. Just as he is about to go, she locks herself in his room and proceeds to a final act of love.

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DARK SAND (Sable Noir)

France/Greece, 2019, 20 min, US Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Thanasis Trouboukis
Writer(s): Thanasis Trouboukis
Producer(s): Le Fresnoy - studio national des arts contemporains
Cast: Sara Klimoska, Nicolette Picheral, Julien Bouvard

Alice, a young woman living in Northern France, finds mysterious tapes with people narrating their nightmares. As she is looking for the sender, the limits between dreams and reality get obscured. 2020, Hellas Film box Berlin 2020, International Short Film Festival – Short to the Point (Best experimental film award)     2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival     […]

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ELECTRIC SWAN

France/Greece/Argentina, 2019, 40 min, LA Premiere, Available for streaming in North America Only

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Konstantina Kotzamani
Writer(s): Konstantina Kotzamani
Producer(s): Caroline Demopoulos, Victoria Marotta, Maria Drandaki
Cast: Juan Carlos Aduviri, Nelly Prince, Elisa Massino, Nikita Zuckerberg, Susana Pampin

Buildings are not supposed to move. But on Avenida Libertador 2050, a building moves and the ceiling shivers, causing a strange nausea that devours its residents. Those who live on the top are afraid they’ll fall, the ones who live beneath are afraid they’ll drown 2019, Mostra de Venise  2019, Athens International Film Festival 2019, […]

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IN THE ROOM (Sto domatio)

Greece, 2019, 13 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Yeorgia M. Sotirchou
Writer(s): Yeorgia M. Sotirchou
Producer(s): Yeorgia M. Sotirchou, Dimitris Koutsomitsos
Cast: Giorgos Armenis, Romanna Lobach, Serafita Grigoriadou

When God is absent, someone has to take his place. In a modern-day urban environment, three characters come together: an old ill man, the young woman who looks after him, and his unemployed middle-aged daughter, all face the fine line that separates ethics and free will.

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INDEX

Sweden, 2019, 12 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Nicolas Kolovos
Writer(s): Nicolas Kolovos
Producer(s): Olle Wirenhed
Cast: Leis Yasin, Zana Penjweni, Ali Al Saidan, Asmaa Al Bayati, Bander Barhawi, Nasim Alatrash, Hussein Al Saidan

Dana is on the run with his family. The boat that will smuggle them to Europe is ready for departure but his son, Alan, refuses to leave the truck. Dana discovers that Alan is stuck with his index finger in the truck body. The panic rises at Dana and in his desperation, he is faced […]

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KALIOPE

USA, 2020, 9 min, World Premiere - SHORT FICTION FILM

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Derek Matarangas
Writer(s): Dimitra Korri
Producer(s): Dimitra Korri, Jorge Garcia
Cast: Dimitra Korri, Yiannis Chrysostomos, Zois Kontos

A singer/songwriter, Kaliope, seeks inspiration while also trying to find love. Film Trailer

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MARE NOSTRUM

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Dimitris Anagnostou
Writer(s): Dimitris Anagnostou
Producer(s): Antigoni Rota, Yorgos Zois, Christina Cironi, Antonis Triantafyllou
Cast: Thanassis Dovris, Drosos Skotis, Stathis Apostolou, Aris Balis, Katerina Giannouli, Vassilis Samourkas, Serafeim Radis, David Brown, Penelope Darsaklis, Alex Vangelis

In a vast and desolate coast, around the mid-19thcentury, a group of Grand Tour Voyagers are seeking Arcadia and the ancient ruins, the symbols of an emerging Greek and European identity. More than one century later, the dead body of an unidentified man lies on the same coast. Motionless, almost paralyzed, an anonymous crowd stands […]

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MILA

Greece, 2019, 16 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Andreas Vakalios
Producer(s): Phaedra Vokali, Andreas Vakalios, Fili Olsefski
Cast: Efthalia Papacosta, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Nikos Tsimaras

Mila likes to skate. Mila’s father is ill. Mila hasn’t seen her father in five years. “Mila” means “beloved” in Polish. Mila visits her father at the hospital. “Mila” means “speak” in Greek. Mila likes to skate.

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MOM’S MOVIE

Greece/Spain, 2020, 13 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Stella Kyriakopoulou
Writer(s): Stella Kyriakopoulou, Marisha Triantafyllidou
Producer(s): Fani Skartouli
Cast: Maria Filini, Sofia Koroni, Ayla Nicole Izzo

Survival, motherhood, and movies all collide in a backyard pool. While proudly filming her 2-year-old daughter’s survival swimming graduation exam in her backyard pool, Maria runs into technical difficulties. You can never be too safe. Especially when it comes to your own backyard.

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ONE (Mia)

Greece, 2019, 14 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Stella Serefoglou
Writer(s): Stella Serefoglou, Sakis Serefas
Producer(s): Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cast: Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Grigoris Ballas

An old lady lives alone in a big city. When she meets a young man on the street, she invites him to her place, although she doesn’t know him.  2019, Athens International Film Festival

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POSTCARDS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD

Greece, 2019, 23 min

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Konstantinos Antonopoulos
Writer(s): Konstantinos Antonopoulos
Producer(s): Fani Skartouli
Cast: Aggeliki Dimitrakopoulou, Giorgos Gallos

Trapped in their marriage, Dimitra and Dimitris try to endure their summer vacation with their two daughters on a remote island. Unexpectedly, human civilization collapses. Film Trailer

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ROUTE-3

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, 13 min, LA premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Thanasis Neofotistos
Writer(s): Marina Symeou
Producer(s): Dimitris Tsakaleas, Obala Art Center
Cast: Enes Kozličić, Lazar Dragojević, Simonida Mandić

In a tram on Route-3, the Old Lady in the leopard dress treats the passengers with juicy oranges during a hot, but rainy day in the center of Sarajevo. Nadja, the princess-teen in her pink hijab; Luka, the virgin bully; an Orthodox Priest; an old creepy man and many, many more ordinary people in this […]

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SAD GIRL WEEKEND

Greece, 2019, 15 min, LA Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Dimitris Tsakaleas, Lida Vartzioti
Writer(s): Dimitris Tsakaleas, Lida Vartzioti
Producer(s): Iro Aidoni, Dimitris Tsakaleas, Maria Laskaridou,Sotiris Petridis
Cast: Elsa Lekakou, Georgina Liossi, Natasa Exidavelono

Three best friends are spending their last weekend together, since the two of them are leaving to study abroad. Sooner or later, they realize that goodbyes are hard.

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THE CALL (I Klisi)

United Kingdom, 2020, 10 min, North American Premiere

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Marios Psaras
Writer(s): Marios Psaras, Avgi Lilli
Producer(s): Marios Psaras, Melpo Georgiadou, Antony Petrou
Cast: Nektarios Theodorou

A transgender person receives an invitation to their mother’s funeral; with a caveat.

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THE DARKNESS BEFORE ME

USA, 2020, 15 min, World Premiere - SHORT FICTION FILM

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Rachael Quinn
Writer(s): Joe DiFrancesco
Producer(s): Adoni Maropis, Eliza Kelley, Shannon Lanier
Cast: Adoni Maropis, Eliza Kelley

Tony, a grown man, suffers from an inexplicable fear of the dark.  Seeking help, he finds himself on the couch of a less than perceptive psychoanalyst.  What’s really haunting Tony?  Does he know?  Can the doctor find it?  Will the doctor find it?  To understand what takes place when the lights go out, one must […]

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY

Greece/France, 9 min, Available for Streaming in the USA Only

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Vasilis Kekatos
Writer(s): Vasilis Kekatos
Producer(s): Blackbird Production, Tripode Production
Cast: Nikolakis Zeginoglou, Ioko Ioannis Kotidis

Night, national road. Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station. One has stopped to gas up his bike, while the other is just stranded. Lacking the 22.50€ he needs to get home, he will try to sell him the distance that separates them from the sky.

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The Dude (O magkas)

Greece, 2019, 17 min

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Alexandros Kakaniaris
Writer(s): Alexandros Kakaniaris
Producer(s): Panos Papadimitriou
Cast: Yiorgos Souxes, Kostis Siradakis, Simeon Tsakiris, Menelaos Hazarakis

Stratis, a 12-year-old boy, is the greatest dude in his ‘hood.
He is such a great dude, that everybody calls him The Dude.
All he has to do is prove himself to those who don’t believe him.

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THE WEIGHT OF THE SEA (To Varos Tis Thalassas)

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Kostis Alevizos
Writer(s): Kostis Alevizos
Producer(s): George Frentzos
Cast: Sissy Toumasi, Vasilis Koutsogiannis, Spyros Foteinopoulos

A teenage girl, in an everyday routine, takes the same old bus from her house to the beach and back again, on her back she carries a small container in which she collects fresh seawater. We won’t have a glimpse of what’s going on until the last moment.

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UTOPIA

Australia, 2019, 15 min

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Kosta Nikas
Writer(s): Kosta Nikas
Producer(s): Aaron Bush, Kosta Nikas, Rishi Shukla
Cast: Magdalena Stamos, Adam Hatzimanolis, Will Gabriel, Barbara Gouskos

A man returns to his country only to find a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones and where there is more freedom inside prison rather than outside it. Desperate, but unable to escape, the brave act of one woman gives him his freedom.

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