CROSSING (Diavasi)

Greece, 2018, 5 min, North American Premiere

Director/Writer: Nikos Mathios
Producers: Vassilis Mazomenos, Angelos Argyroulis
Cast: Arriti Kehagia

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A young woman is having a pleasant walk in the forest. Or not?

* 2018 Drama International Film Festival

* 2018 Athens International Film Festival

ROOM (Domatio)

Greece, 2018, 7 min, North American Premiere

Director/Writer: Konstantinos Katsiaboulas
Producer: Vassilis Mazomenos
Cast: Mania Papadimitriou

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A woman tries to sort out the mess in her room.

* 2019 Hellas FilmBox Berlin

* 2019 Larissa International Film Festival

OLYMPIA

United States, 2018, 103 min, LA Premiere, Documentary

Director: Harry Mavromichalis
Writers: Harry Mavromichalis, Sam Eggers
Producers: Sid Ganis, Anthoula Katsimatides, Muriel Moraes, Harry Mavromichalis, Andrew Ford, Keren Seol, Pamela Spyrs
Cinematographers: John Ryan Johnson, Federico Cesca
Editors: Sam Eggers, Andrew Ford
Music: Paul Cantelon, Alexia Vassiliou
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Lynn Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Austin Pendleton, Ed Asner, Lainie Kazan, Louie Zorich, Apollo Dukakis

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This revealing and unfiltered documentary follows the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress, Olympia Dukakis. This film deals with the struggles and pains surrounding identity and the roles. A deeply moving narrative explores not only Olympia’s rich and storied career  but also her struggle to find a sense of belonging between her American values and the values of her immigrant parents.

* 2019 Hunter Mountain Film Festival – Best Documentary Award

* 2019 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

* 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival

* 2018 Doc New York City

BACK TO THE TOP

Greece, 2018, 74 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Stratis Chatzielenoudas
Writer/Producer: Ioanna Petinaraki
Cinematographer: Bazil Christodoulou
Editor: George Zafeiris
Music: Vodka Juniors

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Leonidas, a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic and his friends plan to climb on the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going to be more difficult?

Stratis Chatzielenoudas was born in Athens and studied drawing, painting and Electrical Engineering in Technological Institute of Larissa. He has been working in the film industry since 2006 as Assistant Director and Casting Director. He has directed commercials, short films, documentaries, and TV shows. His films have been nominated in many international film festivals.

* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Audience Award, ERT Award

* 2018 International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra

* 2018 Athens International Film Festival

DYING FOR EUROPE

Greece, 2017, 17 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director: Nikos Pilos
Writer: Natasha Blatsiou
Producer: Goethe Institute of Athens, Nikos Pilos
Editor: Pantelis Liakopoulos
Music: Orestis Kamperidis

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The largest migratory flow recorded in history since World War II is revealed through fragments of personal stories. The heartrending trilogy focuses on the strength and hope of those who dare to dream a better life in Europe and are willing to even give their lives for a ‘new’ life.

Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens and Belgrade, and one of Europe’s noted feature photographers.

* 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

* 2018 International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary and Reportage – Public Award.

LAMBDA PI

Greece, 2018, 70 min, North American Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer: Cristo Petrou
Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cinematographer: Giorgos Karvelas
Editor: Tolis Apostolidis

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Lena Platonos, a Greek artist ahead of her time in terms of her groundbreaking work in electronica, is now receiving a surge of international attention. With the help of collaborators and international musicians of the electronic music scene such as Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and the Red Axes, the film goes back to the time her revolutionary records were made.

Christos Petrou was born in Athens, Greece, where he studied cinema. Works as a director for commercials, music videos, TV, short films. He is currently is in pre-production of his first feature film, a musical.

OBSCURO BARROCO

France, 2018, 60 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer/Producer: Evangelia Kranioti
Editor: Yorgos Lamprinos
Cast: Luana Muniz, Fabian McCroskey

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Obscuro Barroco is a documentary-fiction about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis. It is also a cinematographic homage to a land of extremes; the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Evangelia Kranioti is a Greek-born director and visual artist based in Paris, working with film, photography, and installations.

* 2018 Berlinale Berlin – Teddy Jury Award

* 2018 Guanajuato IFF, Mexico – Best International Documentary Feature

* 2018 ZineGoak, Spain – Best film KRAK Award

* 2018 Rio International Film Festival – FELIX  Award for Best Documentary Feature

THE LAST DAUGHTER

Chile, 2018, 20 min, US Premiere, Documentary

Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Evi Karampatsou

Who becomes a mother? Anyone… Anyone ….I could have been her mother… And Aurora could have been my daughter… I didn’t receive her alive but dead…  But it’s the same…

Born in Athens, Evi directs short and feature fiction and documentary films, around the world (Cuba, Chile, Japan, Rwanda, Greece). Her film works have received many awards in local and international festivals.  

* 2019 5th Merida Film Festival Mexico – Best Short Documentary Award

* 2018 Drama Short Film Festival – Best Short Documentary Award

* 2018 Docfest Film Festival – Best Short Documentary Award

* 2018 TiSFF Thessaloniki – Semi-finalist

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

Greece, 2018, 90 min, US Premiere

Director/Writer: Giorgos Panousopoulos
Producer: Eleni Kossyfidou
Cinematographer: Christos Karamanis
Editor: Nikos Vavouris
Music: Vangelis Fampas
Cast: Margarita Panousopoulou, Serge-Requet Barville, Babis Hatzidakis, Fotini Tsakiri, Yannis Hajiyannis

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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.

Giorgos Panousopoulos lives and works in Athens. He was the leading director of photography, working with various well known Greek directors. He directed his first film in 1967, which was subsequently censored by the Greek junta. Τill today he has directed 7 more feature films. Being a cinematographer, he has been director, producer, scriptwriter, D.o.P. and editor of some of his films.

* 2018 Montreal The World Film Festival

* 2018 Busan IFF World Panorama

* 2018 Athens Premier nights IFF

* 2018 Thessaloniki IFF

STILL RIVER (Akinito Potami)

Greece, 2018, 128 min, US Premiere

Director: Angelos Frantzis
Writers: Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Kribalis
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cinematographer: Simon Beaufils
Editor: Nelly Ollivault
Music: Coti K.
Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou

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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.

Angelos Frantzis was born in Athens and studied film direction at “INSAS” in Brussels. He has made 5 shorts and 5 feature films. His films have been screened and won awards at many international FF. Besides film directing, Angelos Frantzis has been involved in art projects and has worked as a film critic, and as a cinema teacher.

* 2019 Istanbul IFF

* 2018 Thessaloniki IFF

* 2018 Tallinn Black Nights IFF

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

Greece, 2018, 89 min

Director: Yiannis Lapatas
Writer: Stella Vasilantonaki
Producer: 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.

Born in Athens in 1958, Lapatas attended the School of Fine Arts and, at the same time, he attended History of Art, Theatre and Film seminars in Venice and in Bologna, Italy In 1980, he graduated from the Doxiadis School (Interior Design). In 1983, he graduated from the Directing department of The Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos.

* 2018 Thessaloniki TIFF – Youth Jury Awards, Best Feature Film Greece

EPIPHANY

United States, 2018, 85 min, West Coast Premiere

Directors/Writers: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis
Producers: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Jane Kelly Kosek, Penny Edmiston
Cinematographer: Alice Gu
Editors: Ryan Murphy, Soojin Chung
Music: Nuno Malo
Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Caitlin Carmichael, George Georgiou, Scottie Thompson, Burt Young

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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.

Koula Sossiadis Kazista worked in New York film production on many projects. She co-owns Monster Remotes, a specialized film equipment rental company. With Katina Sossiadis wrote and co-directed the short film Lynn’s Wake. Katina also completed a documentary Virgins of New York. A college film professor, Katina directed her first play in 2016 and was an Associate Producer on a feature film.

* 2019 London Greek Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Director

* 2019 Sarasota Film Festival

* 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival

HOLY BOOM

Greece, 2018, 99 min, West Coast Premiere
Director
: Maria Lafi
Writers: Maria Lafi , Elena Dimitrakopoulou
Producers: Lilette Botassi, Tefta Bejko
Cinematographer: Ilias Adamis
Editors: Yorgos Paterakis, Kenan Akkawi
Music: Lakis Halkiopoulos
Cast: Nena Menti, Luli Bitri, Anastasia Rafaela Konidi, Samuel Akinola
Print Source: Maria Lafi marialafi@yahoo.gr

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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.

Maria Lafi studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts at Technological Educational Institute of Athens and Film Direction at Hellenic Cinema and Television School of STAVRAKOS in Athens. Now she studies Master of Arts in Video Production, Audiovisual Media and Motion Graphics at West Attica University. “Holy Boom” is her first feature film.

* 2019 Festival International Du Film De Fes Morocco – Grand Prix

* 2019  Aswan International Women Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award & 1st Actress Award

* 2019  II Festival de cine Chipriota y Griego en Barcelona, Spain – Best Film & Audience Award

* 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greek Films Greece

* 2018 Tirana International Film Festival  – Best Balkan Film

* 2018 Festival de Cine de Zaragoza Spain –  Best Feature Film

HER JOB (I Doulia Tis)

Greece, 2018, 90 min, West Coast Premiere

Director: Nikos Labôt
Writers: Katerina Kleitsioti, Nikos Labôt
Producers: Maria Drandaki, Julie Paratian
Cinematographer: Dionysis Efthymiopoulos
Editor: Dounia Sichov
Music: Onno
Cast: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Dimitris Imellos

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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.

Nikos Labôt studied film direction in Athens, Greece. He has worked as an assistant director in feature and short films in Greece and France. He has shot music videos, 3 short films, and a creative documentary. Her Job is his first feature film as a director.

* 2019 Athens Iris Award for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best First Film Director

* 2018 Toronto IFF  

* 2018 Warsaw IFF – Best First Film Director.

MELTEM

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

Director/Writer: Basile Doganis
Producers: Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil, Fenia Cossovitsa
Cinematographer: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Editor: Riwanon Le Beller
Music: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis
Cast: Daphne Patakia, Rabah Naït Oufella, Lamine Cissokho, Akis Sakellariou

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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.

Basile Doganis is a Greek-French director-screenwriter. After studying philosophy in Paris and Tokyo, he started making fiction films and documentaries. Meltem (2018) is his first feature film.

* 2018 Thessaloniki IFF

½ NEW YEAR

United States, 2018, 75 min, West Coast Premiere
Director/Editor: Tom Morash
Writer: Georgia Menides, Drew McAnany
Producer: Zachary Block
Cinematographer: 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.

Tom has been involved in film, television, and theater for over a decade. His career began at Clark University earning a B.A. in Film and Technical Theater. He’s designed lighting for dozens of plays including an entry in the Dublin Fringe Festival.

* 2019 Hoboken Film Festival in Greenwood Lake

* 2019 Vero Beach Film Festival Florida

KAZANTZAKIS (Kazantzakis)

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


Director: Ioannis Smaragdis
Producers: Eleni Smaragdi,  Vincent Michaud – 2017 films
Script-Adaptation: Ioannis Smaragdis
Music: Minos Matsas
Cinematographer: Ari Stavrou
Set & Costume Designer: George Patsas
Editor: Stella Filippopoulou
Cast: Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Marina Kalogirou, Nikos Kardonis, Thodoris Atheridis

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

The award-winning director Ioannis Smaragdis has had a long-standing and creative career, counting many commercial and artistic successes in cinema and television.

* 2018 WorldFest Houston USA – Best Film, Best Leading Actor, Best Photography, Best Music

* 2018 EUFF Toronto, Canada

* 2018 Thessaloniki Film Festival

PAUSE (Pafsi)

Greece-Cyprus, 2018, 96 min, LA Premiere

Director: Tonia Mishiali
Writers: Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou
Producers: Andros Achilleos, Stelana Kliris, Tonia Mishiali
Cast: Stela Fyrogeni, Andreas Vassiliou, Popi Avraam

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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.
Tonia is a Cypriot filmmaker and producer who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. Member of the European Film Academy and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, Berlinale Talents alumna, artistic director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, served as vice president of the Directors Guild of Cyprus board

* 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

* 2018 Panorama of European Cinema – Best Film award by the Union of Film Critics of Greece

* 2019 Germany Emerging Filmmakers – Best Film Award

* 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival – FIPRESCI award for Best film and ERT award