Museum of the Moving Image GFFestival
Directed by Yannis Sakaridis
Acknowledged as the best European film to date on the subject of immigration, this bracing drama looks at the lives of three residents of an Athens neighborhood: a bar owner in love with an African singer; a Syrian refugee who turns to a human trafficker to get out of Greece; and a xenophobic nationalist determined to free his neighborhood of migrants. Yannis Stankoglou, Makis Papadimitriou, and Vassilis Kykalani star.
IN THE MOUNTAIN PASTURES: The Director’s Cut
ΣΤΑ ΟΡΕΙΝΑ ΒΟΣΚΟΤΟΠΙΑ
Directed by Vassilis Loules
55 min / World Premiere
Stunning cinematography captures the astonishing beauty of the pristine Greek mountains as nomadic shepherds talk with passion about their lives and their herds. Director Vassilis Loules, whose recent work has focused on the traditions and beauty of the Greek countryside, offers a view of a world virtually unknown to city dwellers.
On the same program:
Vassilis Loules workshop production
Inhabitants of the village of Monodendri, Ioannina, give their theories on what makes fireflies glitter. The discussion, rather surprisingly, borders on the existential!
FUNNY FAIRY TALES OF THE FOREST
2017 / 10 min / World Premiere
After the success of his story-telling documentary AND I ALSO PASSED BY THERE AND HAD PAPER SHOES TO WEAR, Director Vassilis Loules discovers stories he missed the first time around.
Director Vassilis Loules is expected to attend the screening.
In 2005 Patriarch Irineos of Jerusalem was removed from his duties, accused of selling Church properties to extremist Jewish settlers in the Christian quarters of the old city. Maintaining his innocence, Irineos imprisoned himself in his chambers for the next eleven years, a cell phone and a small window overlooking the street his only connections to the outside world. . This riveting documentary revisits the case, involving both the inner sanctum of the Church and the Israeli Secret Service. (This film is in English)
Directed by Thodoris Atheridis
90 min / U.S. Premiere
Smaragda Karidi, Thodoris Atheridis and Makis Papadimitriou lead the ensemble cast of this sharply written comedy. Seven friends gathered for dinner decide to play a dangerous game. They place their phones on the table where everyone can hear the calls and read the messages. Friends have no secrets from one another, so what could go wrong?
Smaragda Karidi and Thodoris Atheridis are expected to attend the September 28 and October 1 screenings.
This little seen classic from 1962, was Jules Dassin’s follow up to NEVER ON SUNDAY. Loosely based on the writings of Euripides, the film presents its classical mythological tropes in a modern setting, a world of the super rich where an obsessed woman will face the tragic consequences of a doomed love affair with her stepson. Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, and Raf Vallone star. The music is by Mikis Theodorakis. (This film is in English)
Directed by George Kordellas
97 min / New York Premiere
The antique store find of a blood-stained wedding dress leads to the uncovering of a long-suppressed love story dating back to the burning of Smyrna. This touching drama is among the most-viewed Greek films of the year.
Director George Kordellas is expected to attend the October 1 screening.
SON OF SOFIA
Ο ΓΙΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΟΦΙΑΣ
TRIBECA FESTIVAL WINNER
Directed by Elina Psykou
A Russian boy comes to Athens to join his mother and her new elderly Greek husband. Faced with the necessity of reshaping his identity, the youngster escapes into fantasy as he grapples with the pressures of early puberty and adulthood. This rich, coming of age drama was named Best International Narrative Feature Film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. (This film is in Russian and Greek)