A FAMILY AFFAIR (2014), DIR. ANGELIKI ARISTOMENOPOULOU

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We invite you to our next screening, scheduled for Thursday 23rd March at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

A Family Affair (2014) 88′

Dir. Angeliki Aristomenopoulou

An intimate portrait of the famous Xylouris musical family from Crete. The film captures how music is passed on through the generations and to the Greek-Australian children of George Xylouris and his Australian wife Shelagh. From the mountains of Crete to Australian deserts, the film unravels the portrait of a unique family that has the power to sacrifice -and win- every- thing through music.

*Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Documentary 2015

 

BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD (2012), DIR. EKTORAS LYGIZOS

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Join us for the screening of the 2012 film “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food”, directed by Ektoras Lygizos, on Thursday 23rd February at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2012) 80′

Dir. Ektoras Lygizos

A young man with an operatic voice has no job, no money and no food to eat. His hunger slowly sends him into a delirium as he refuses to turn to anyone for help. When he becomes homeless, his greatest concern is for his caged canary. It is the well-being of the bird that keeps him tenuously tied to reality and his humanity.

2013 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Film, Best Newcomer and Best Actor.

Dogs of Democracy (2016), Dir. Mary Zournazi – Q&A

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We would like to invite you to the first official screening in Australia of the film The Dogs of Democracy followed by a Q&A session with the director, Mary Zournazi, taking place on Thursday 2nd February at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

The Dogs of Democracy (2016) 58′

Dir. Mary Zournazi

Dogs of Democracy is an essay-style documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Author and first-time filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples’ experience. Shot in location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the ‘stray dogs of Europe’, and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti- austerity movement. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals and peoples’ timeless quest for democracy.

 

 

 

 

Wasted Youth (2011), Dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos

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Next up, we have a screening of  Wasted Youth, on Thursday 15th December at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

Wasted Youth (2011) 122′

Dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Roughly based on the 2008 police shooting of sixteen year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos which led to widespread rioting, the film follows a day in the life of a young skateboarder roaming the streets of Athens. Parallel to this story is that of a middle-aged policeman whose family life and career are in slow-burn crisis. Inevitably the two lives cross with tragic consequences, exposing not only generational conflict but the deeper crisis of a society in turmoil. The film has attracted awards and nominations in Greece and internationally.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ latest film, Suntan,  participated at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

 

 

Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites (2015), Dir. Platon Theodoris + Q&A

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Next screening is on Thursday 1st December at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Platon Theodoris and lead actor Teik Kim Pok (Alvin).

Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites (2015) 73′

Dir. Platon Theodoris

This feature debut by Sydney filmmaker of Greek descent, Platon Theodoris, narrates the inner journey of an Asian-Australian character trapped in a surreal and zany space. A film about individual loneliness and obsession, it reveals a familiarity with other cultural landscapes.
Director’s Choice Award at last year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival.

UPDATE: Please note that the screening had originally been scheduled for Thursday 17th November, a date that had to be changed due to venue availability.

 

HOW CAN I STAY SILENT (2015), FOLLOWED BY Q&A VIA SKYPE WITH DIR. THODOROS MARAGOS

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Join us this Thursday, 27th October at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Road, Stanmore) for a live Skype Q&A with director Thodoros Maragos, following a screening of his latest film “How Can I Stay Silent”.

How Can I Stay Silent (2015) 97′

Dir. Thodoros Maragos

A dramatised documentary that interweaves between documentary, theatrical narrative and cartoon to present a view of the Greek crisis from the point of view of ordinary people. A mix of direct statement, popular political debate, humour and references to past resistance, this film is a contemporary political testimony by the veteran director of socially-critical comedies of the 1970s and 1980s.

Maragos is unique at accurately portraying Greece with a mixture of humour and tragedy. His political commentary is often predictive and cane be incisive even years ahead of his time.

September (2013), Dir. Penny Panayotopoulou

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This month’s screening will take place on Thursday 29th September at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

September (2013) 99′

Dir. Penny Panayotopoulou

Anna lives with her dog Manu. She thinks they will live together forever. When he dies, she buries him in the garden of the family across the street. But unlike Manu, the happy, bustling family does not need her love and affection. September is that ambivalent mood, between endings and beginnings, a struggle to find meaning and happiness out of life’s ordinariness.

In this film, the second feature by Panayotopoulou, viewers are immersed into a gloomy aspect of modern life in Greece during and after the crisis: solitude.  Furthermore, Panayotopoulou also reveals the importance of pets in some lives, delivering more than company and even filling the role of family members.

Gently intriguing and driven by the mesmerizing performances from lead actresses Kora Karvouni and Maria Skoula, September received plenty of accolades, including the Best Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress awards at the 2014 Hellenic Film Academy Awards.

 

18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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The Greek Film Society of Sydney Presents
 the 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Regional Event, a selection of contemporary Greek documentaries.

All screenings will take place at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW, 58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore.

Thursday, 7 July , 7 pm

Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair 90’ (Dir. Angélique Kourounis)

“What’s in the mind of the neo-Nazi in your neighbourhood?” asks a Greek journalist, who has been researching the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party for years. “My partner is Jewish, one son is gay, the other one an anarchist, and I’m a left-wing feminist, daughter of an immigrant. If Golden Dawn comes to power our problem will be, in which wagon will they transport us.” This documentary focuses on the economic crisis, political instability and family relations as it tries to discover “what’s in the minds of Golden Dawn members who are presented as victims of the system”.

Thursday, 14 July, 7 pm

I… the Problem 53’ (Dir. Alexandros Markou)

Over a decade ago, almost 500 children (most of them Roma from Albania, picked up before the Olympic Games by the police while begging) disappeared into the Agia Varvara Orphanage in Athens. Amongst them were Nikos, Alex and Tony, protagonists of this documentary which focuses on their lives today as well as in the past. These fellow humans either never knew their families or were sold as slaves to human traffickers who forced them to beg at traffic lights. The documentary reveals how they grew up alone on the streets and in orphanages, how they live today and the problems they face.

A Second Chance 61’ (Dir. Menelaos Karamaghiolis)

You enter the prison yard. On one bench, you see inmates planning a future perfect crime. On another they’re talking about a fix, and further on about Kalashnikovs. Then suddenly in one corner you see a huge Lithuanian inmate, with a few others, playing chess.” These are the words of a music teachers at the Avlona juvenile prison. In real life is there a second chance? A Lithuanian teenager, an inmate in a juvenile prison in a strange country he’s never seen before and whose language he can’t speak. He’ll either rot in his cell or find a way to re-define his life. In the prison school he’ll try to learn Greek, he’ll discover hidden talents and one day he may even study at the Polytechnic University. Will he succeed? Over three years, as he strives to reach these illusive goals, the camera documents his struggle to start a new life.

Thursday, 21th July, 7 pm

Suspended People 28’ (Dir. Stratis Vogiatzis & Thekla Malamou)

As long as Roma live apart, as long as their destiny is not shared with ours, as long as our dreams never mingle, they will go on existing in the same way. Exiled for thousands of years from the societies they came into contact with, they are doomed to live on the margins. This place of exile has gradually become their homeland, the place where they dream, where their dreams are buried in the ground. Sabiha, a charismatic woman in the heart of Drosero (on the outskirts of Xanthi), decided to become active about things happening around her, to demand equal rights for Roma, but also to change the failings of her own culture.

Metamorphoses 50’ (Dir. Vangelis Efthymiou)

Three young people decide to create a classical music festival in Molivos, Lesvos. They set their aims high, inviting noted young musicians from different countries, such as the famous soprano Marlis Petersen. Will their enterprise succeed in this small corner of Greece?

Thursday, 28 July, 7 pm

Skoros: Anti-Consumption in Crisis 20’ (Dir. Athina Souli)

This collaborative ethnographic film is about Skoros, an anti-consumerist collective in Exarchia, Athens, that runs a small space where people can visit and take or exchange things and services without the usual rules of reciprocity. After the Greek economic crisis, a new type of activity for the group, centred on the ‘here and now’, concentrates less on learning to live differently and more on the urgent need to offer solidarity to a growing number of people living close to or under the poverty line.

Whispers of the Sky 74’ (Dir. Maro Anastopoulou)

On the remote island of Amorgos, people toil and enjoy life in their own unique way. Captain Konstantis and Leonidas, the shepherd, have lived their whole life in this small corner of the world and yet they don’t know each other. However, their everyday life is determined by a common factor, the signs of the sky. The islanders carry with them centuries-old knowledge about forecasting. These are the signs of the sky, the wind, the stars, the clouds and the sea that anticipate tomorrow. The eternal cycle of life is the cycle of the seasons, birth and death, but also a continual reminder of the simple beauty that floats unperturbed about us. No one day is the same as the next.

*All films are subtitled in English.

** Admission to all documentaries in July will be free to paid-up members and new

members who take up at least one month’s membership of $5.

Kisses To The Children (2012), Dir. Vassilis Loules

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The next screening will take place on Thursday 23rd June, 7pm at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW, 58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore. NOTE: This screening was originally scheduled for Thursday 16th June.

Kisses To The Children (2012) 114′

Dir. Vassilis Loules

A moving documentary about five Greek-Jewish children who survived the German Occupation and Holocaust with the help of ordinary Greek families who risked their own lives. The children’s stories are told through interviews, diaries, photographs and rare footage. Their personal accounts throw light on prewar Jewish life, resistance, survivor guilt and the childhood experience of dark times.

Awards:

-Audience Award and Best Director Award of the International Jury at the AGON, International Meeting of Archaeological Film 2012

-Best Direction, 2nd Best Documentary, Best Music at the Halkida Greek Documentary Festival 2011

-Best Feature Length Documentary Award of the International Jury and Best Feature Length Documentary Award of the Children’s Jury at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young people 2011

-Best Direction Award of the Jury, Award of the Public, 2012
“Agon”-International Meeting of Archaeological Film

-Audience Award, 2012 Greek Film Festival Chicago

FESTIVAL ON THE ROAD

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The next screening will take place on Thursday 26th May at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

A selection of award-winning short films from the 38th Greek Short Film Festival in Drama, 2015.

1. Fig (Σύκο) 13’, Dir. Nikolaos Kolovos
In a remote village, an elderly man sets off on a journey to fulfil his dying wife’s last wish.
(Golden Dionysos Award & Honorary Distinction for Best Cinematography)

2. Inner land 18’, Dir. Vivian Papageorgiou
A new teacher arrives at a rural school only to discover that this small community has its own way of dealing with difference.

3.Tides – A Story Told by the Sea (Παλίρροιες – Το παραμύθι της θάλασσας) 11’,Dir. Stavrianna Litsa
A young boy’s family arrives in Lesbos as refugees and they try to locate their lost father by writing and drawing their story.
(Special Mention)

4. March 4 (4 Μαρτίου) 15’, Dir. Dimitris Nakos
A young Ukrainian immigrant, caring for an elderly woman in a provincial town, faces a moral dilemma when the woman dies.
(Honorary Distinction for Best Editing)

5. Joanna 9’, Dir. Panagiotis Fafoutis
An aging bride greets every ferryboat that arrives at the local port. Is she waiting for love or are we in another age?
(Honorary Distinction for Best Sound)

6. Prosopon: a face toward a face 5’, Dir. Thomas Thoma
Animation about a riot policeman who is forced to reveal his human face when confronted by the simple kindness of a grandmother.
(Best Student Film Award)

7. The Seed (Ο Σπόρος) 15’, Dir. Iphigenia Kotsoni
In a dystopian world set in the near future, a young woman fights against an oppressive regime in the only way she knows.
(Honorary Distinction for Best Set)

8. Downhill (Κατηφόρα) 13’, Dir. Stelios Kammitsis
On a sunny day on a road to an island port, a young man and an older woman have a painful but necessary discussion about a person close to them both.
(‘Tonia Marketaki’ Award for the best film with social context)