Films

GREECE: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Every crisis includes an opportunity. There is no bad thing without a good, as the ancient Greek saying goes. And, it is times of self-reflection that define who we are and what our legacy will be. This year, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival has programmed films that raise questions about identity – individual, cultural, national. Ranging from the comic to the serious to the sublime, these works highlight some of the emerging Greek artists of today, who dare to look at the truth head on!

FEATURES

ARCADIA LOST
USA/Greece, 2009, 90 min, Digibeta, LA Premiere
Director: Phedon Papamichael
Producer: Kelly Thomas

With a coming of age theme of metaphysical undertones, the film follows the spiritual journey of two teenagers in the aftermath of a devastating car accident in the hidden terrain of Greece. Papamichael picks unseen before images of Greece that reveal the youths’ gradual psychological awakening.

BLACK FIELD (Mavro Livadi)
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Greece, 2009, 104 min, 35mm, US Premiere
Director: Vardis Marinakis
Producers: HIGHWAY PRODUCTIONS, GREEK FILM CENTRE, ERT, NOVA, LAMISALIA, 2/35, Yorgos Lykiardopoulos

Set in 1650, this is the love story of Anthi, a young nun, and an Ottoman Janissary warrior. Yet the story is only just beginning after they escape Anthi’s convent, for the nun has a secret: ‘she’ is in fact a ‘he’. Thought-provoking and visually stunning, this film transcends gender and delves into matters of identity, loss, and restoration.

THE BUILDING MANAGER (O Diaheiristis)
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Greece, 2009, 92 min, 35mm, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Periklis Hoursoglou

Pavlos is a master at helping other people; his wife and children, his mother, and now the tenants of the residential block he has inherited. He tends to everyone’s needs except one: himself. All that changes when he meets Gianna, a beautiful woman half his age, and for a brief time Pavlos feels something he hasn’t felt in years: satisfied.

FIPRESCI’S prize, 50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

DOGTOOTH (Kynodontas)
Winner of Special Achievement in Film Orpheus Award
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Greece, 2009, 94 min, Digibeta, LA Premiere
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Producer: Iraklis Mavroides, Yorgos Tsourgiannis

Intense and unyielding, this darkly comic fable spins around issues of control and power. Three siblings are confined to a sprawling estate where their parents have created a world with its own twisted rules and vocabulary. But when the eldest daughter questions the absolute authority of her father, she sets into motion a series of events that could rend their fragile world.

Winner, Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes, 2009

EVRIDIKI’S CASE (I Periptosi Evridiki)
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Greece, 2009, 74 min, Digibeta, US premiere,
Director: Freddy Vianellis
Producer: MODIANO

Working through four cinematic themes at once, this engaging and unconventional film charts the life of Evridiki, who, after years of drug addiction and suffering, is now fighting to control her life. Interspersed with her chronicle of events is the development of a stage play, which provides a rich counterpoint to a personal account of the terrible lows of addiction.

FOUR BLACK SUITS (Tessera Mavra Koustoumia)
Winner of Audience Choice Award (fiction)
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Greece, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, World Premiere
Director: Renos Haralambidis
Producer: Angelo Venetis, Iraklis Mavroides, Takis Nikolakopoulos, Aris Dayios

Two down and out undertakers, an actor, and a convict get together in a desperate – and hilarious – attempt to change their trajectory of failure. The scheme: fulfill a rich dead man’s last wish to be transferred from Athens to his village in his coffin… on foot. But when the promised reward begins to appear as elusive as their final destination, things get complicated.

PLATO’S ACADEMY (Akadimia Platonos)
Winner of Best Feature Orpheus Award
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Germany/Greece, 2009, 103 min, 35mm, US Premiere
Director: Filipos Tsitos
Producer: BAD MOVIES

Stavros’ days are spent caring for his senile mother, idling at his small Athenian shop, and harassing passing Albanians. But when he finds out that he has a missing brother who is Albanian, his Greek pride crumbles. Filled with comic moments, this poignant portrait of racial tension examines Greek attitudes to the immigrant influx in what used to be a homogeneous society.

Leopard for Best Actor, Ecumenical Jury Prize, Youth Jury Prize
Locarno International Film Festival 2009
Best Feature Award, Tirana International Film Festival 2009
Silver Taiga Award, Spirit of Fire, International Debut Film Festival 2010

DOCUMENTARIES

COLOSSI OF LOVE
Winner of Best Documentary Orpheus Award
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Greece, 2010, 59 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director: Nikkos Mistriotis
Producer: XYZ Productions

Unique to Greece of the 70s and 80s, the story of the ‘Kamaki’ men whose mission was to court and conquer female tourists, is funny and revealing at once. One marvels at the precise and benevolent code of the ‘Kamaki’ culture and, at the same time, is reminded of a society with strict and unyielding ethics that exists no longer.

PLUNDER FROM A BLEEDING LAND
Winner of Audience Choice Award (documentary)
(Leilatontas mia Matomeni Hora)
Greece, 2009, 83 min, Digibeta, World Premiere
Director: Takis Papayiannidis
Producer: Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, GREEK FILM CENTER, ERT

Thirty-five years after the Turkish invasion in 1974, a Greek archaeologist visits Cyprus and is faced with the cultural ravages and looting in the island’s occupied territory. For the first time in these years, there is a joint effort by Greek and Turkish scientists to restore the disasters and preserve the rich heritage of Cyprus.

SUGARTOWN: THE DAY AFTER
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(Sugartown, I Epomeni Mera)
Germany/Greece, 2009, 68 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director: Kimon Tsakiris
Producer: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averov

The Mayor of Zacharo or Sugartown is a man on a mission. A self-proclaimed hero, he is set on developing the town after devastating wildfires burned his constituency to the ground in 2007. Will his plans to maximize the burned land’s profitability and his indifference to the rule of law destroy what is left – a delicate ecosystem and a population bereft of homes and possessions?

WORDS OF RESISTANCE (Logos Kai Antistasi)
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Greece, 2010, 78 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Timon Koulmasis

An intelligent look at the Greek men and women who were forced into self-exile at the time of dictatorship (1967-1974), and who took it upon themselves to publicly express their ideas of justice through a daily radio program broadcast by the German Deutsche Welle. The filmmaker questions the power of politically engaged speech and redefines its necessity today.

LABOR OF LOVE
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Greece, 2010, 50 Min, Digibeta, Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Pol Sklavos
Producer/Editor: Stelios Tatakis
Cinematographer: Stelios Tatakis
Music: Marios Gilgoris

Greece 2007: Wildfires rage across the country leaving behind a smoldering countryside and lasting emotional scars. The Mayor of Kalivia sets aside petty politics and begins to reclaim the land inspiring Greeks the world over one tree at a time. The Greek community of Los Angeles raised $50,000, which went directly to the project.

SHORTS

THE BOY AND THE TREE (Ena Dentro Mia Fora)
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Greece, 2009, 29 min, Digibeta, LA Premiere
Director: Panagiotis Rappas
Producer: ERT, TIME LAPSE PICTURES, Hellas

A tender fairy tale centered on the friendship between a withering tree on the sidewalk and a homeless little boy.

Best Animation Film, 5TH Animfest Athens, 2009
2nd Best Production for Children, European Broadcasters Union, 2009

CATS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD (Gata Ex Ouranou)
Greece, 2009, 21 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director: Dimitra Nikolopoulou
Producer: Haris Padouvas

At work, Katerina is run off her feet morning till night. When a stray cat gives birth to a litter in her vegetable basket, she is forced to look at her life anew.

2nd Prize, Drama International Short Film Festival, 2009

THE CHARMER OF GRAMMOS (O Planeftis tou Grammou)
Winner of Best Short Film Orpheus Award

Greece, 2009 27 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Vangelis Efthymiou

Follow the aging hunter-philosopher Charmer as he searches for honey, one bee at a time, and explore the impact humans have on some of the most important players in our environment – the honeybees.

2nd Prize, 11th International Documentary Film Festival Thessaloniki

MESECINA
Greece, 2009, 30 min, 35mm, US Premiere
Director: Sofia Exarchou
Producer: GUANACO, ERT

A very ill boy escapes his gloomy life at the hospital into the bustling streets of Athens, and gets a sweet taste of love.

1st Prize, Greek Association of Film Critics (PEKK Award), Greek Film Center Award, 2009

N’ ME FOR MYSELF (Ke Ego Gia Mena)
Greece, 2009, 20 min, Digibeta, US Premiere
Director: Georgis Grigorakis
Producer: Costas Lambropoulos

This energetically charged story reminds us that true love comes in all shapes and forms.

1st Prize, Drama International Short Film Festival, 2009

37 DAYS (37 meres)

Greece, 2018, 23 min, North American Premiere

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Nikoleta Leousi
Writer(s): Nikoleta Leousi, Vangelis Serfas
Producer(s): Phaedra Vokali
Cast: Elli Tringou, Yannis Tsortekis, Yorgos Katsis, Katerina Lypiridou, Argyris Mpakirtzis

When Maria, a young pregnant woman is fired, she goes on a birth strike. A short film about a dream set in Athens, Greece.

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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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AEGEAN MARINE LIFE SANCTUARY, LIPSI ISLAND

Greece, 2019, 8 min, West Coast Premiere - NOT IN COMPETITION

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Anton Leach, Jasmine Duthie
Writer(s): Jasmine Duthie
Producer(s): Anton Leach, Jasmine Duthie
Cast: Anastasia Miliou, Thodoris Tsimpidis

Info: https://aegeansanctuary.com/ The first-of-its-kind refuge with a gold-standard veterinary clinic and rehabilitation centre where dolphins, turtles and seals in need, including dolphins from closing marine parks, can receive long-term rehabilitative care in a natural environment. Archipelagos lnstitute of Marine Conservation presents an introduction to the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary currently under construction on the Greek […]

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AENIGMA

Greece, 2016, 9 min, US Premiere, Animation

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation Shorts
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Director(s): Aris Fatouros, Antonis Ntoussias
Writer(s): Aris Fatouros, Antonis Ntoussias
Producer(s): Michael Sarantinos

A Greek stereoscopic CG animation inspired by the works of Greek surrealist painter Theodore Pandaleon. A requiem to Form, Feminine-Goddess, eternal Eve, Art. To the dream of regeneration.

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AGORA II – CHAINED

Greece/Germany, 2020, 90 min, North American Premiere, Available for streaming in North America Only

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Writer(s): Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Producer(s): Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri
Cast: Alexis Tsipras, Yianis Varoufakis

After the euro and the refugee crises, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic was, for Europe, the third crisis in a row. Chained narrates the five-year story of three successive crises in Europe, having Greece in its epicenter. Starting from 2015, acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos witnesses the euro crisis – having unprecedented and exclusive behind-the-scenes […]

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AKRA

Greece, 2019, 52 min, LA Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Dimitra Babadima
Writer(s): Dimitra Babadima
Producer(s): Meletis Vaxevanidis, Dimitra Babadima
Cast: Alexandros Zygouris, Spyros Chrisikopoulos

With his dream to put Kastellorizo, the easternmost island of Europe, back on the Greekmap, Spyros Chrysikopoulos, an ultra swimmer falls into the sea to swim140 kilometers, a distance that seems impossible to the common mind. Dimitra Babadima was born in Athens, studied Film & Tv Directing and fell in love with it. Her student […]

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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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AS FAR AS THE SEA (Mechri Ti Thalassa)

Greece, 2019, 108 min, North American Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Marco Gastine
Writer(s): Marco Gastine
Producer(s): Marco Gastine, Eleni Chandrinou, Alexandre Cornu

Victims of serious accidents are hospitalized at the Rehabilitation unit of a major Athenian hospital. Supported by the hospital staff, their families, and ward-mates they try very hard to regain their previous abilities. For several months, they struggle daily, to re-learn basic gestures. Some will regain all their faculties. Others, due to the seriousness of […]

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AVANOS

Greece, 2018, 20 min, North American Premiere

June 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Panagiotis Charamis
Writer(s): Panagiotis Charamis
Producer(s): Konstantinos Baliotis
Cast: Kimon Kouris, Nikos Georgakis, Nikos Ngelia

Tasos, an ex-convict, is feeling responsible for his friend’s accident at their workplace, a slaughterhouse. Kiki, a waitress at the local tavern falls once again victim to sexual harassment. When they both find themselves under extreme pressure, the eruption is unavoidable and the consequences are imminent.

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AVE EVA

Greece, 2018, 13 min

June 8, 2019 7:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Oliwia Twardowska
Writer(s): Oliwia Twardowska
Producer(s): 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

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BACK TO THE TOP

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

June 7, 2019 5:30 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Stratis Chatzielenoudas
Writer(s): Stratis Chatzielenoudas, Ioanna Petinaraki
Producer(s): Ioanna Petinaraki
Cinematography: Bazil Christodoulou
Editor(s): George Zafeiris
Music: Vodka Juniors

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?

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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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BLESSINGS AND VOWS

Greece, 2018, 15 min - DOCUMENTARY

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Katerina Zacharia
Writer(s): Katerina Zacharia
Producer(s): Katerina Zacharia, Executive Producer: Sharon E. J. Gerstel
Cast: Metaxia Anaplioti

An octogenarian villager, Mrs. Metaxia Anaplioti, kept her vow for 40 years, lighting a candle daily at the 11th-century Byzantine church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mani, in Southern Greece. The continuity of customs must be protected much like the territory the church was originally built to protect. A sense of historical continuity is sustained […]

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CHIMERA (Not in Competition)

Greece/UK, 2018, 2min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Ioanna Varsou

A young girl struggling with the difficulties of her everyday life finds refuge through the power of her imagination.

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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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CLIFFS OF FREEDOM (Not in Competition)

USA, 2019, 137 min

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by National Hellenic Society

June 7, 2019 8:00 pm

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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COSMIC CANDY

Greece, 2019, 95 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Rinio Dragasaki
Writer(s): Katerina Kaklamani, Rinio Dragasaki
Producer(s): Fenia Cossovitsa
Cast: Maria Kitsou, Maya Pipera

Anna, an eccentric supermarket cashier, lives in Athens, alone in her parent’s big apartment. One day she will be forced to take in the 10-year old girl, from next door, after her father goes missing. At the same time, she will be confronted with her possible dismissal and the overwhelming scenario of a workplace romance. […]

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CROSSING (Diavasi)

Greece, 2018, 5 min, North American Premiere

June 7, 2019 5:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Nikos Mathios
Producer(s): Vassilis Mazomenos, Angelos Argyroulis
Cast: Arriti Kehagia

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

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DARK SAND (Sable Noir)

France/Greece, 2019, 20 min, US Premiere, Available for Streaming in the USA Only

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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DEFUNCT (Apostratos)

Greece, 2019, 100 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Zacharias Mavroeidis
Writer(s): Zacharias Mavroeidis
Producer(s): Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Kostas Kefalas
Cast: Mihalis Sarantis, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Yota Festa, Alexandros Mavropoulos, Yiannis Niarros, Akis Sakelariou, Xenia Kalogeropoulou

Following financial ruin, thirty-something bachelor Aris moves into his late grandfather’s house, Aristides, a Greek Army veteran. As Aris reunites with old friends, life in conservative Papagou, the suburb of Army Generals, turns into a wishful new beginning. While rebooting his business and settling in, he inadvertently steps into his grandfather’s “slippers” and old family […]

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DYING FOR EUROPE

Greece, 2017, 17 min, US Premiere, Documentary

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Nikos Pilos
Writer(s): Natasha Blatsiou
Producer(s): Goethe Institute of Athens, Nikos Pilos
Editor(s): Pantelis Liakopoulos
Music: Orestis Kamperidis

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.

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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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ENTWINED

Greece/UK, 2019, 89 min, Available for Streaming in the USA Only

Category: Features
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Director(s): Minos Nikolakakis
Writer(s): John de Holland, Minos Nikolakakis
Producer(s): Minos Nikolakakis, Lilette Botassi
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi, Kostas Laskos

City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was […]

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EPIPHANY

United States, 2018, 85 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 6, 2019 8:30 pm

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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EXILE (Exoria)

Greece, 2019, 110 min, North American Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Vassilis Mazomenos
Writer(s): Vassilis Mazomenos
Producer(s): Vassilis Mazomenos, Vassilis Alatas
Cast: Stephen Kakavoulis, Dimitris Siganos, Angeliki Karistinou, Katerina Tsasi, Panos Boras

Aris, despairing and desperate, attempts to leave Greece on a barely sea-worthy boat. After being rescued from drowning by the Coast Guard, he now returns as a foreigner in his own ruined country. There he experiences every kind of transgression as an outcast of the system. He steals; he becomes a slave and kills. He […]

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FANTASIA

Greece, 2019, 96 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Alexis Kardaras
Writer(s): Alexis Kardaras
Producer(s): Konstantinos Moriatis, Eleni Kossyfidou
Cast: Rena Morfi, Stelios Mainas, Yannis Stankoglou, Vicky Papadopoulou, Andreas Natsios, Anna Kalaitzidou, Giannis Dalianis, Kallirhoe Miriagkou

Greece, October 1993. Greek Socialist party has just won the elections, television is dominated by trashy entertainment shows, and every night you can escape reality, or display your wealth in bouzouki clubs singing pop hits. Fotini, a young talented singer arrives in Athens to work in an old bouzouki club. The lives of the three […]

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FLICKERING SOULS SET ALIGHT (Gia Hronia Plagiaza Noris)

Greece, 2019, 30 min, World Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Iakovos Panagopoulos
Producer(s): Iakovos Panagopoulos, Petros Antoniadis
Cast: Ioanna Tsirigkouli, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Errikos Litsis, Eliza Skolidi

Greece, 2017. The lack of financial support of Aris (who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / ALS) urges his wife Persephone to get confronted with human existential limits. “How many years does it really take to finally reach «home»?”

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FOREST RED (Not in Competition)

Greece, 2018, 10min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Ageliki Ioakimidou

A young girl dressed in red has to face the gods of the forest in order to save her brother.

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FROM THE SAME THREAD (Not in Competition)

Greece/Spain/Chile, 2017, 3min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Antonia Piña, Rucha Dhayarkar, Lorene Friesenbichler, Phaedra Derizioti

A man made of thread tries to escape.

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GOOD INTENTIONS

United Kingdom, 2018, 8 min, LA Premiere

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Anna Mantzaris
Writer(s): Anna Mantzaris, Hugo Vieites Caamaño

After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things start to happen… A small thriller about people that are not always the best at making decisions.

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HEATWAVE

UK/Greece, 2019, 7 min, LA Premiere

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Fokion Xenos
Writer(s): Fokion Xenos & Stella Heath Keir
Producer(s): Priya K Dosanj
Cast: Alexandros Apostolakis

In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down! 2019, Annecy International Animated Film Festival – Best of Annecy Kids 2019, Shortlisted for best Student Short Animation, BAFTA LA / Los Angeles, USA 2019, Best Postgraduate Short Animation 2019 Award, Best Sound Design Award, Royal Television Society […]

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HECTOR MALOT: THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR

Greece, 2018, 23 min, LA Premiere

June 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Jacqueline Lentzou
Writer(s): Jacqueline Lentzou
Producer(s): Fenia Cossovitsa
Cast: Sofia Kokkali

New Year’s eve dawns in a moon-kissed car, and Sofia has a dream that she tells no-one: while walking on a desert, she gets to know that she is sick. She pretends she does not care. Has she lost her heart?

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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

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

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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HOW MANY HUGS? (Not in Competition)

Greece, 2017, 3min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Katerina Michalopoulou, Spyros Pantazis, Eleni Politopoulou, Antonis Touloumis

How many hugs do we need to withstand separation?

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I AM MACKENZIE

United States, 2018, 20 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 8, 2019 9:15 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Artemis Anastasiadou
Writer(s): Brittany Worthington
Producer(s): Lauren Izard
Cast: Shonagh Smith, Alan Nguyen

Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skater, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck.

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I, TONY

Cyprus, 2019, 18 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Argyro Nicolaou, Margaux Fitoussi
Producer(s): Argyro Nicolaou, Minos Papas, Jake Alden Falconer, Margaux Fitoussi
Cast: Tony Moussoulides, Dimitris Chimonas

Tony Moussoulides, once a famous fashion photographer in Swinging Sixties London, and now 85, dreams of creating a Hollywood-style movie based on his career. With the help of two female filmmakers, Tony reenacts—and directs—scenes from his life, including a photoshoot with Andy Warhol and a meeting with John Huston. Tensions mount as Tony’s artistic vision […]

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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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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

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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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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INVERSE

Greece, 2018, 6 min, West Coast Premiere, Animation

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation Shorts
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Director(s): Ioanna Tsinividi
Writer(s): Spiros Gratsias
Producer(s): Harold Herbert

Agastrophos marble figure focused on the upside-down beetle; its legs and arms grasping the air trying to flip over. If he could simply give it a helping flick; it would INVERSE its destiny giving it another chance at life.

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IVAN

Greece, 2018, 9 min, West Coast Premiere

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Panagiotis Kountouras
Writer(s): Taxiarchis Deligiannis, Vasilis Tsiouvaras
Producer(s): Eleni Afentaki, Christos Stergioglou, Taxiarchis Deligiannis, Vasilis Tsiouvaras
Cast: Christos Stergioglou

Can you consume your human nature in a meal? When hidden instinct is transformed into morbid obsession, then self-preservation turns into a meaningless ritual of imitation, an act of empty logic.

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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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KAZANTZAKIS (Kazantzakis)

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

June 9, 2019 2:00 pm

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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KEFI, THE STORY OF FDF, THE GREEK ORTHODOX FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL

USA, 2019, 42 min, World Premiere - DOCUMENTARY

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Patti Testerman
Writer(s): Patti Testerman
Producer(s): Peter E. Preovolos, Patti Testerman, Glenn Burris

Passions run high in interviews about an annual competition that brings thousands of Greek kids together on the West Coast for a weekend of folk dancing. Dance footage, music by renowned musicians, and vintage photos and clips are all part of the story about leadership, faith, and keeping traditions alive. Patti is an award-winning copywriter […]

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LABYRYINTH (Lavyrinthos)

Greece, 2019, 75 min, North American Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Dimitri Athanitis
Writer(s): Dimitri Athanitis
Producer(s): DNA films
Cast: Costas Kazanas

In the heart of Athens, there is another city. A hidden city. Α city living for almost a century and more under the artificial light of neon. It is the labyrinth of arcades.

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LAMBDA PI

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

June 8, 2019 7:30 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Cristo Petrou
Writer(s): Cristo Petrou
Producer(s): Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Cinematography: Giorgos Karvelas
Editor(s): Tolis Apostolidis

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.

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MARE NOSTRUM

Greece, 2020, 25 min, US Premiere

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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MAYBE IT’S ME (Not in Competition)

Greece/UK, 2017, 6min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Dimitris Simou

An animator recreates memories from his childhood in Greece. Exploring the themes of family, immigration and the fear of ephemeral memories.

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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

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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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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MOLLY 6 TO 8

Greece, 2018, 18 min, North American Premiere

June 8, 2019 4:00 pm

Category: Features

Director(s): Efthimis Miheloudakis
Writer(s): Efthimis Miheloudakis
Producer(s): Mina Dreki
Cast: Sofia Kokkali, Haris Fragoulis

It’s the ‘60s and Sporos has a date with Molly his “6 to 8 girl” from the wild teenage years. Their meeting will bring about lost dreams and unfulfilled desires. A bittersweet farewell to a relationship and an era.

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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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MR. SEGUR

United States, 2018, 11 min, LA Premiere

June 8, 2019 5:45 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Jeff Johnson
Writer(s): Jeff Johnson, Jeff Robison
Producer(s): Jeff Johnson, Jeff Robison, Drew Fuller
Cast: Apollo Dukakis

A man quietly lives each day following the same routine until one day he meets a woman who brings new meaning into his life.

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MY GREEK ODYSSEY

Australia, 2019, 45 min, World Premiere - NOT IN COMPETITION

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Alexander Begetis
Writer(s): David Byrne, Peter Maneas
Producer(s): Peter Maneas
Cast: Peter Maneas

The most significant recent discoveries of marine archaeology-an astonishing find of 58 ancient shipwrecks in the archipelago of Fourni. A landmark documentary series that sees host Peter Maneas unravelling the rich story of the planet’s most historic destinations, Greek Islands. Travelling aboard his boat “Mia Zoi” – ‘OneLife’, Peter explores the diverse history and culture […]

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MY NAME IS EFTIHIA (Eftyhia)

Greece, 2019, 123 min, LA Premiere, Available for streaming in North America Only

Category: Features
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Director(s): Angelos Frantzis
Writer(s): Katerina Bei
Producer(s): Dionyssis Samiotis
Cast: Karyofyllia Karampeti, Katia Goulioni, Pygmalion Dadakarides, Dina Michailidou, Thanos Tokakis

Inspired by the life of the most prolific Greek female poet and lyricist, Eftihia Papagiannopoulou; an extraordinary woman and artist who has created a massive volume of timeless and popular songs. She traveled from Smyrna to Greece. She lived every day of her life as if it were her last. She wrote incessantly on any […]

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NOCTURNE (Notourno)

Greece, 2018, 17 min, North American Premiere

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Roussos Kasiotakis
Writer(s): Katia Kouliou, Roussos Kasiotakis
Producer(s): Giannis Papadopoulos
Cast: Angelos Nerantzis, Andreas Koutsourelis, Dimitris Naziris, Nikolas Nikitakis, Momo Vlachou

Once more the town faces a severe water shortage. The chosen one gets prepared for his journey to the cistern, a place that no resident has seen; a place that no emissary has ever returned from. Following the established order, a farewell reception has been organized before the departure.

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NOT TO BE UNPLEASANT BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK (De thelo na gino disarestos alla prepei na milisoume gia kati poly sovaro)

Greece, 2019, 100 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Giorgos Georgopoulos
Writer(s): Giorgos Georgopoulos, Maria Fakinou
Producer(s): Antonis Kotzias, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Giorgos Georgopoulos, Sotiris Tsafoulias
Cast: Omiros Poulakis, Vangelis Mourikis, Kora Karvouni, Sissy Toumasi, Vicky Papadopoulou

Combining the elements of a road movie and a black comedy, Unpleasant tells the story of a very successful sales manager, Aris, who is going through the most crucial week of his life. Starting from a random blood donation, womanizer Aris finds out he’s carrying a rapidly spread sexually transmitted virus that is lethal for […]

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NOWHERE

Greece, 2018, 14 min, US Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 7, 2019 9:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Sotiris Palaskas
Writer(s): Sotiris Palaskas
Producer(s): Maria Drandaki
Cast: Effi Rabsilber, Merlin Rose

You have a family, a house, a life. Then, in a moment, you lose everything. And violence seems to follow you in every step you make.

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OBSCURO BARROCO

France, 2018, 60 min, US Premiere, Documentary

June 8, 2019 9:15 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Evangelia Kranioti
Writer(s): Evangelia Kranioti
Producer(s): Evangelia Kranioti
Editor(s): Yorgos Lamprinos
Cast: Luana Muniz, Fabian McCroskey

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.

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OLYMPIA

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

Filmmakers in Attendance

Presented by Ecos

June 8, 2019 5:45 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Harry Mavromichalis
Writer(s): Harry Mavromichalis, Sam Eggers
Producer(s): Sid Ganis, Anthoula Katsimatides, Muriel Moraes, Harry Mavromichalis, Andrew Ford, Keren Seol, Pamela Spyrs
Cinematography: John Ryan Johnson, Federico Cesca
Editor(s): 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

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.

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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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ONE DAY ONE FLY

Greece, 2019, 6 min

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Correct Creative Productions IKE
Writer(s): Petros Niamonitakis
Producer(s): Petros Niamonitakis, Despoina Vogiatzi
Cast: Correct Creative Productions IKE

Our hero is the most adorable 3D fly in the world! Τhe camera follows him from his very first moment of birth.
After all, once upon a time there was a good decent lady who swallowed a fly…..

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PATISION AVENUE (Leoforos Patision)

Greece, 2018, 13 min

June 5, 2019 7:00 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Thanasis Neofotistos
Writer(s): Yorgos Angelopoulos, Thanasis Neofotistos, Pavlos Sifakis
Producer(s): Ioanna Bolomyti
Cast: Marina Symeou

Yanni’s mum is on her way to audition for a role as Shakespeare’s Viola when she discovers that her son has been left home alone. Through a series of phone calls, she fights to balance the most important roles of her life, whilst walking in the most controversial area of central Athens: Patision Avenue.

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PAUSE (Pafsi)

Greece-Cyprus, 2018, 96 min, LA Premiere

June 6, 2019 6:15 pm

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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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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QUIDNUNC

Cyprus, 2017, 25 min, North American Premiere

June 6, 2019 6:15 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Harry Ayiotis
Writer(s): Harry Ayiotis
Producer(s): Louis Patsias
Cast: Niovi Charalambous, Marios Mettis, Skevi Papamiltiadous

A mentally ill Melanie is determined to end her life whilst staying in a desolate hotel.  A woman’s cry for help from the room next door prompts Melanie to pause her suicide plan and investigate the disturbance.

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ROMANIOTES, THE GREEK JEWS OF IOANNINA (Romaniotes, Oi Ellines Evraioi Ton Ioanninon)

Greece, 2019, 67 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Stylianos Tatakis, Agnes Sklavou
Writer(s): Agnes Sklavou
Producer(s): Stylianos Tatakis, Cosmote TV
Cast: Moses Elisaf, Raphael Moissis

Romaniotes, the distinct Greek-Jewish community of the city of Ioannina, with customs and traditions different from the Sephardic and Ashkenazis. Even today, for more than 1.000 years, since the Byzantine era, they have been an integral part of the multicultural mosaic of the city of Ioannina, although it was in danger of extinction during World […]

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ROOM (Domatio)

Greece, 2018, 7 min, North American Premiere

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Konstantinos Katsiaboulas
Producer(s): Vassilis Mazomenos
Cast: Mania Papadimitriou

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

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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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SIEGE ON LIPERTI STREET

Greece/Cyprus, 2019, 83 min, LA Premiere, Available for Streaming in the USA Only

Category: Features
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Director(s): Stavros Pamballis
Writer(s): Stavros Pamballis
Producer(s): Panos Papahadzis, Simos Manganis
Cast: Constantine Markoulakis, Daphne Alexander, Akilas Karazisis, Niovi Charalampous

Austerity took everything but the roof over their heads, and today it will come for that too. But today, they will finally fight back, like a family with nothing left to lose… 2019, Thessaloniki International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize, PEKK Prize (Greek Federation of Film Critics), FISCHER People’s Choice Award ( Michael Cacoyannis ERT […]

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STILL RIVER (Akinito Potami)

Greece, 2018, 128 min, US Premiere

June 6, 2019 8:30 pm

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 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 LAST DAUGHTER

Chile, 2018, 20 min, US Premiere, Documentary

June 7, 2019 5:30 pm

Category: Documentaries
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Writer(s): Evi Karampatsou
Cinematography: Evi Karampatsou
Editor(s): 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…

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THE LEAF OF POPLAR (Not in Competition)

Greece, 2015, 4min

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation
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Director(s): 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.

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THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón)

Greece/Germany/Netherlands/Sweden, 2019, 121 min, West Coast Premiere, Available for Streaming in the USA Only

Category: Features
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Director(s): Syllas Tzoumerkas
Writer(s): Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Producer(s): Maria Drandaki
Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Youla Boudali

In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Elisabeth is a once-ambitious policewoman forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago and now living a joyless, hung-over life; Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. When […]

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THE MOUNTAIN TEARS (Ta dakria tou vounou)

Greece, 2018, 111 min, North American Premiere

June 8, 2019 1:00 pm

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 NEW GREEK AMERICANS

United States, 2019, 70 min - DOCUMENTARY

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Anna Giannotis
Writer(s): Anna Giannotis
Producer(s): Antonia Lianos, Shelly Papadopoulos, Harry Ratner, Zoye Marino Fidler
Cast: Olympia Dukakis

The story begins with Greek Americans during the ‘60s embracing these changing times despite their conservative upbringings. Each decade influences the Greek community with events such as the Invasion of Cyprus and the nomination of Michael S. Dukakis for President of the United States. Heartfelt and humorous stories are also shared reflecting “Growing up Greek.”  Second […]

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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

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 ROCKET (O Pyravlos)

Greece, 2019, 98 min, North American Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Stefanos Sitaras
Writer(s): Stefanos Sitaras
Producer(s): Stefanos Sitaras
Cast: Aris Mavropoulos, Stathis Arfariotis, Anne-Marie Lezineau, Mariety Papatheodorou

After being called a liar for years, Stathis is forced to gather all his friends and take them to a “top-secret location,” to prove the existence of a supposed rocket (that only he knows about). If he doesn’t show the rocket, he will lose all his friends. Shot entirely with non-actors over four years, the […]

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THE SILENCE OF THE DYING FISH (I Sigi ton Psarion Otan Pethenoun)

Greece-France, 2018, 19 min, West Coast Premiere

June 8, 2019 8:30 pm

Category: Shorts

Director(s): Vasilis Kekatos
Writer(s): Vasilis Kekatos
Producer(s): 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.

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THE SOUND

Cyprus, 2017, 15 min

June 6, 2019 8:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Antony Petrou
Writer(s): Chris Dundon-Smith
Producer(s): Chris Dundon-Smith
Cast: Joseph Mawle, Sienna Guillory, James Hyland, Hanna Saxby

Beth lives a quiet rural life with her parents, on their secluded family farm. When her fragile mother begins to hear a mystery sound that nobody else can hear, Beth becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the mystery of the strange sound.

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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

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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THE WEIGHT OF THE SEA (To Varos Tis Thalassas)

Greece, 2019, 17 min, World Premiere

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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THE WOODEN HEART

United States, 2020, 57 min, World Premiere - DOCUMENTARY

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Chris Emmanouilides
Writer(s): Chris Emmanouilides
Producer(s): Chris Emmanouilides

The selling of a family home after 53 years in Southern California inspires an intimate and emotional journey through immigration, the American Dream, and the deeply shared human experience of letting go. Reflecting on the objects, documents, memories, and images that made up a family’s life during the zenith of post-war prosperity and optimism, The Wooden […]

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THIRD KIND

Greece, 2018, 30 min

June 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Category: Shorts
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Director(s): Yorgos Zois
Writer(s): Konstantina Kotzamani
Producer(s): Antigoni Rota
Cast: Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Effi Rabsilber, Nikos Hanakoulas, Miankhail Waris Awalgul

rth has been abandoned a long time now and the human race has found refuge in outer space. Three archeologists return to Earth to investigate where a mysterious five tone signal is coming from…

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TIED

Greece, 2019, 53 min, US Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Tassos Morfis
Producer(s): Tassos Morfis

TIED is the story of an unknown modern labor struggle from the innermost depths of the Greek maritime industry. A country near bankruptcy. A maritime company in financial collapse. TIED captures the struggle of 320 unpaid seamen of the Lesvos Shipping Company in 2015. With many trapped in the company’s vessels in Drapetsona and away […]

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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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VIOLENT EQUATION (Viei Eksisosi)

Greece, 2019, 5 min, LA Premiere

Category: Animation
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Director(s): Antonis Doussias
Writer(s): Antonis Doussias
Producer(s): Antonis Doussias

Dare not to be different.
A totalitarian society forces unequal things to become equal.
Ignorance creates fear and envy brings violence.
Average person’s feeble mentality rules by any means.
Inspired by the art of Costis Georgiou.

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VOURVOUROU

Greece, 2018, 22 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 8, 2019 3:15 pm

Category: Shorts

Director(s): Karina Logothetis
Writer(s): Karina Logothetis
Producer(s): Blonde Audiovisual Productions
Cast: Andreas Iosif Sideris, Kostas Laskos, Nikolakis Zegkinoglou, Fani Kalogirou Valti, Elli Anastasiou, Andreas Mitsioulis

“Where does the sun go when it gets dark? Why is the chicken’s egg so important to humans?  Why doesn’t my brother take me with him when he goes caroling with Claire? Who is this mister Al Jaimer who follows my grandfather everywhere?” Six-year-old Markos is determined to find solutions while, unexpectedly, the magical tale called the circle of life unravels before his eyes.

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WAR AND TREES

United States, 2018, 11 min, Animation

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 9, 2019 12:30 pm

Category: Animation Shorts
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Director(s): Aliki Theofilopoulos
Writer(s): Brendan Hay, Emily Brundige
Producer(s): Aliki Theofilopoulos, Brendan Hay
Cast: Lauren Lapkus, Kelly McCreary, Danny Pudi, Stephanie Lemelin

When Audrey, Lotta and Dot’s biggest frenemies, “The Bloogey Boys” exclude pal “Tiny” from their treehouse because he’s “too small,” Audrey leads the Harvey Girls in an all-out war against the boys. But is it to correct Tiny’s injustice, or her own?

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WAX AND FEATHERS

United Kingdom, 2018, 15 min, North American Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Marios Lizides
Writer(s): Marios Lizides
Producer(s): Marios Lizides
Cast: Andreas Kyriakides, Kyriaki Lizidou, Soteroula Lizidou, Stephanie Ioannou, Marios Lizides

Even though dad passed away thirty years ago, the last time I saw him was one year ago, in a dream I had. This film is a metaphysical conversation with an apparition, a construct of dreams and memories that raises questions of identity, memory, and existence.

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WINONA

Greece, 2019, 88 min, North American Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Alexandros Voulgaris (aka The Boy)
Writer(s): Alexandros Voulgaris (aka The Boy)
Producer(s): Eleni Bertes
Cast: Iro Bezou, Anthi Efstratiadou, Sofia Kokkali, Daphne Patakia

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a remote beach: four young women enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. None of them is ‘Winona’. The day gives way to silly games, girl talk, song, and dance. Laughter is punctuated by tears. The tears washed away by […]

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Y1-SILENCE OF THE DEEP (Υ1-Sti siopi tou Vithou)

Greece, 2019, 93 min, US Premiere

Category: Documentaries
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Director(s): Philippos Vardakas
Writer(s): Magda Georgiadou
Producer(s): Stelios Efstathopoulos

WW II,14.09.1943: The legendary Greek Submarine “Y1-L. Katsonis” sank north of the island of Skiathos by German submarine chaser. 75 years later we film for the first time the submarine at a depth of 253m, presenting the human stories that are woven around it

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ZIZOTEK

Greece, 2019, 92 min, West Coast Premiere

Category: Features
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Director(s): Vardis Marinakis
Writer(s): Vardis Marinakis, Spyros Kribalis
Producer(s): Konstantinos Vasilaros
Cast: Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Pinelopi Tsilika, August Lambrou- Negrepontis

After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, he takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first, the man won’t take him in, a series of circumstances eventually lead them to form a family – something both of […]

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½ NEW YEAR

United States, 2018, 75 min, West Coast Premiere

Filmmakers in Attendance

June 7, 2019 7:45 pm

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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