On The Scene: LAGFF Artistic Director Aris Katopodis and team (partial) Dimitra Kasdagli Georgia Tripodes Melinda Manos Eleni Arvaniti and Katerina Frederickson supporting The Greek Heritage Society of S. California premiere screening of “The New Greek Americans 1960-2018” With congrats and thanks to Shelly Papadopoulos!
Greece, 2018, 13 min
Director, Writer, Producer: Oliwia Twardowska
What happens in the mid of a seven years old Eva who accidentally sees her parents in the act of love? This spectacle, unbearably mysterious and violent, causes fear and curiosity at the same time
* 2018 Thessaloniki IFF – Youth Award ,Best Film
USA, 2019, 137 min
Director: Van Ling
Writers: Van Ling, Marianne Metropoulos
Producers: 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.
Greece-France, 2018, 19 min, West Coast Premiere
Director/Writer: Vasilis Kekatos
Procucer: Eleni Kossyfidou, Guillaume Dreyfus – Delphine Schmit (Co-Producers)
Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, Alexandra K*, Angelos Skasilas, Alexandros Papaioannou
Makis is a fish farm worker. On his way to work one morning, he is informed that he has died the day before. After failed attempts to prove that he is alive, he accepts his fate with indifference and he spends his last day trying to secure shelter and caretakers for his beloved canaries, up until the time of his funeral.
* 2019 Sundance Film Festival
* 2018 Villeurbanne Short Film Festival – Best Film
* 2018 Locarno Film Festival
* 2018 Drama Film Festival – Best Southeastern European Film
* 2018 Athens Premiere Nights – 2nd Best Film
Greece, 2018, 111 min, North American Premiere
Director/Writer: Stelios Charalampopoulos
Producer: Panos 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.
Born in Athens in 1956, Stelios Charalampoloulos studied economics and film in Greece, followed by post-graduate studies in Paris. He was the publisher of the art magazine Graphi. He has published a poetry collection as well.
Greece, 2017, 3min
Directors: Katerina Michalopoulou, Spyros Pantazis, Eleni Politopoulou, Antonis Touloumis
How many hugs do we need to withstand separation?
Greece/Spain/Chile, 2017, 3min
Directors: Antonia Piña, Rucha Dhayarkar, Lorene Friesenbichler, Phaedra Derizioti
A man made of thread tries to escape.
Greece, 2018, 10min
Director: Ageliki Ioakimidou
A young girl dressed in red has to face the gods of the forest in order to save her brother.
Greece/UK, 2017, 6min
Director: Dimitris Simou
An animator recreates memories from his childhood in Greece. Exploring the themes of family, immigration and the fear of ephemeral memories.
Greece, 2015, 4min
Director: Eirini Vianeli
A short story about a leaf the wind set sailing and a man at sea, inspired by the poem “The Leaf of the Poplar” by Giorgos Seferis.
Greece/UK, 2018, 2min
Director: Ioanna Varsou
A young girl struggling with the difficulties of her everyday life finds refuge through the power of her imagination.