19TH THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL – Regional Event

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The Greek Film Society of Sydney Presents
 the 19th 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 6 JULY, 7 PM

Ichthys (33 ́) Dir. Christos Karalias
A Greek-American surgeon, desiring a religious life for his family, settles in Greece in a secluded estate where his children are homeschooled and grow up in an unorthodox way.

Village Potemkin (85′) Dir. Dominikos Ignatiadis
A hard and honest close-up account of a group of former drug addicts in Athens told through the camera of Dominikos who has hit rock bottom and fought his way back to staying ‘clean’.

THURSDAY 13 JULY, 7pm

Beatbox and Winds – Nicos Diminakis (53′) Dir. Gina Georgiadou
Infectiously enthusiastic musician and exponent of beatbox and wind instruments, Nicos Diminakis, talks passionately about his musical compositions and experimentations as he offers samples of lively and original music.

Culinary Heritage of Mount Athos (72′) Dir. Christos MatzonasAn insight into the culinary tradition of a monastery on Mount Athos through earthy demonstrations of cooking by a monk, with a background of Byzantine chanting and a stunning natural environment.

THURSDAY 20 JULY, 5.30pm

Dialogue of Berlin (80′) Dir. Nicos Ligouris
A cinematic essay that combines documentary, personal journal, fiction and philosophical contemplation on the subject of the paradoxical interplay between the cultures of the European North and South.

Every Single Day (55′) Dir. Spyros Gerousis
An upfront look at the everyday challenges faced by Greece’s young and diverse 1990s hip hop generation whose lyrics, music and graffiti deal directly with the country’s harsh realities.

Greek Animal Rescue (65′) Dir. Menelaos Karamaghiolis
A story of locals and foreigners who rescue neglected dogs in a Greek industrial wasteland, a commitment that is tested in an area of hardship and poverty.

THURSDAY 27 JULY, 7pm

The Glass Dragon (10′) Dir. Konstantina Ouroumi
Georgia, an adolescent who won the fight against cancer, recounts her experience and sends out a hopeful message.

String-less (86′) Dir. Angelos Kovotsos
Five women, an acapella group from Thessaloniki (in Greek, their name means hags, harridans…), surviving adversity and crisis, while creating beautiful music with a female identity. Five intimate stories + vibrant music!

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HAIL ARCADIA (2015), DIR FILIPPOS KOUTSAFTIS

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This month’s screening, the film Hail Arcadia by acclaimed Greek director Filippos Koutsaftis, is taking place on Thursday 22nd June at at 7.00 pm at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

Hail Arcadia (2015) 90′

Dir. Filippos Koutsaftis

A lyrical journey through the past and present of the myth-filled bucolic province of Arcadia through the lens of an acclaimed Greek filmmaker who returns after a 15-year absence since his seminal documentary Mourning Rock. An exploration of myth, history, land and people, through stunning images and a narration filled with poetic tones. “Traveller, seek not the myth of carefree life here on the Arcadian mountains. Pan is dead! And Satyrs no longer roam the forests…”

THE FESTIVAL ON THE ROAD

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The next screening will take place on Thursday 25th 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 39th Greek Short Film Festival in Drama:

Cube 22 ́ (Dir. Alexandros Skouras)

The homecoming of a mother’s favourite son brings to the fore the unique dysfunctions of a family.(Golden Dionysos Award)

 
Birthday 13 ́ (Dir. Dimitris Katsimiris)

On his twenty-second birthday, a young man with cerebral palsy will act to defend his family’s honour.(Honorary Distinction for Best Male Performance)


Twist 15 ́ (Dir. Michalis Papantonopoulos)

When seven high-school teachers meet to decide on the punishment to be meted out to a student responsible for an anti-social act, a battle of conscience and social beliefs ensues.
(Federation of Greek Film Clubs Award)


3000 20 ́ (Dir. Antonis Tsonis)

Greek-Australian Antonis Tsonis’ film conveys the tensions of contemporary Athens in a story about a young unem- ployed man desperate to help a friend battling cancer.(Special Prize)


Fox 28 ́ (Dir. Jacqueline Lentzou)

A young man, his girlfriend and two young siblings spend their last carefree summer day at home. (PanHellenic Union of Film Critics Award, ‘Tonia Marketaki’ Award for Best Female Director, Honorary Distinction for Best Sound, & Union of Greek Technicians of Cinema and Television (ETEKT) Award)


Alice in the café 18 ́ (Dir. Dimitris Nakos)

Following a chance meeting in a café, Vasilis and Alice tentatively begin a relationship that may or may not go some- where.
(Best South and Eastern European Film Award (International Competition) & Honorary Distinction for Best Editing (National Competition))

 

ISLAND (1989), DIR. PAUL COX

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This month we are screening the film Island by Dutch-Australian filmmaker Paul Cox, shot in the Greek island of Astypalaia. Screening is scheduled for Thursday 20th April at 7.00 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW (58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore).

Island (1989) 95′

Dir. Paul Cox

Three women – a Czech-Australian, a Sri Lankan and a Greek – meet on a Greek island. All are exiles escaping from their own personal tragedies. Ultimately it is the island itself and the generosity of the islanders which leads the women into revelations about themselves. Starring Irene Papas and an unforgettable performance from Chris Haywood. “Island is about arriving and departing, about home and homesickness, about east and west, and of course about love.” Paul Cox (pioneer of independent Australian cinema).

Irene Papas was nominated in 1989 for Best Actress in her role for the Australian Film Institute.

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.