Highlights from the 8th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood.
American Film Institute Festival (AFI FEST) will present two Greek films in Novemeber: ATTENBERG, which is also this year’s official Greek candidate for the Academy Awards, and ALPS.
Starting October 27th tickets for AFI FEST are free and available online and at the Box Office located at Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Ste. 219. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Screenings will take place at the Mann Chinese Theatre.
Synopsis: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s ATTENBERG is a unique spin on the coming-of-age-film. In a stark white crumbling town by the sea, 23-year-old Marina has grown up an outsider to human interaction, splitting her time between caring for her dying father and receiving lessons in human intimacy from her only friend Bella. Finding the human species almost alien, Marina observes life through the lens of her hero, Sir David Attenborough and the music of Suicide. In the midst of preparing for her father’s impending death, Marina meets Spyros, a visiting engineer with whom she explores her newly awakened sexuality. In her second feature film, Tsangari makes her mark as a defining voice among the new wave of Greek cinema, with a film that defies convention and injects humor and sincerity into what are truly the defining moments in life.
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cast: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Synopsis: Acclaimed Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos makes his first appearance at AFI FEST with his newest film, ALPS. A paramedic, a nurse, a gymnast and her coach have formed a group they call Alps. They provide a most unusual service for families coping with the loss of a loved one: They inhabit the role of the dearly departed to alleviate grieving. Their leader, the paramedic who calls himself Mont Blanc, enforces a strict code of conduct which is broken when Monte Rosa, the nurse, decides to take on her own client. Reteaming with his DOGTOOTH co-writer Efthymis Filippou and star Aggeliki Papoulia, Lanthimos offers his unique vision of how society deals with death and how the roles we play in life can end up defining us.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Ariane Labed, Johnny Vekris
For more information visit: AFI.com/AFIFEST
WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY *
USA, 2010, 80 min
Directors: Will Hess, Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes
Producers: Paris Latsis, Will Hess, Nikki Frakes, Terry Dougas
Get up close and personal with Stan Lee, the artist behind world-famous Marvel comics and comic book favorites like Spiderman and The Fantastic Four in this star-studded documentary that explores how one of today’s great creative minds came to be.
THE DEATH I DREAMED OF (O Thanatos pou Oneireythika)
Greece, 2010, 94 min, LA Premiere
Director/Producer: Panagiotis Kravvas
Based on a true story, this horror tale follows a group of teenagers as they encounter a mysterious stranger who at first gathers them in a celebration of the occult but eventually unleashes a very real display of death and destruction.
MIKIS THEODORAKIS, COMPOSER (Mikis Theodorakis, Komponist)
Germany, 2010, 53 min, US Premiere
Directors: Asteris Kutulas, Klaus Salge
Producer: Klaus Salge
This in-depth portrait of Mikis Theodorakis explores the roots of the life and work of Greece’s legendary composer whose music became identified with the struggles of a nation torn by war and strife in the 20th Century.
THE GAME MUST GO ON (Ta Paidia Den Paizei)
Greece, 2010, 80 min, LA Premiere
Director: Angeli Andrikopoulou, Argyris Tsepelikas
Producer: Rea Apostolides
WITHOUT BORDERS (Horis Sinora)
Greece, 2010, 97 min, US Premiere
Director: Nick Gaitatjis
Producers: John Apostolou, Sandra Staggs
MY SWEET CANARY
Israel/France/Greece, 2011, 89 min, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Roy Sher
BURNING HEADS (To Gala)
Greece, 2011, 99 min, World Premiere
Director: George Siougas
PELICAN’S WATCH (I Vardia tou Pelekanou)
Greece, 2011, 67 min, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Lea Binzer