2009 Greek Film Festival
Now in its 16th year, the festival brings the best of Greek film and culture to the Australian shores as well as celebrating Australian born Greek talent. The Greek Film Festival is an initiative of the National Network of Hellenic Festivals.
Festival highlights include; Winner of the Audience Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival PVC-1, Spiros Stathoulopoulos’ gripping directorial debut is inspired by a true story about a pipe bomb improvised explosive device that was placed around the neck of an extortion victim; meanwhile Strella: A Womans Way is a drama about an extraordinary and spellbinding relationship, in the glowing nights of Athens.
Following are some highlights of the festival...
Bang Bang Wedding
Starring Melbourne’s own Alex Dimitriades and directed by a New Yorker also of Greek heritage, Bang Bang Wedding is a fast-paced, light-hearted and stylish road-trip set against a spectacular backdrop in Crete. Ilias (Alex Dimitriades) and Marina (Faye Xila) exchange vows without a hitch, but when they set off for the reception, a small yet important typo on the invitation ensures whatever can go wrong will go wrong. A collision causes amnesia for one guest, with only a veterinarian available for treatment, while others become embroiled in a little illegal activity and gatecrash a party of a very different nature.
“It's an invitation to taste a modern/tradition Greek wedding, starting at the altar and evolving into a crazy ride on the way to the reception." Greek Film Centre
Just Broken Up
Filmmaker Vasilis Mirianthopoulos draws from his theatrical origins with this modern-day farce of coincidences and confusion, which he wrote and directed to considerable acclaim for Athens’ Omada Drassis Theatre Company.
Electra’s surprise birthday party is meant to be a time for celebration until her lover, Petros, leaves a message on her answering machine calling an end to their relationship. Her friends intercept, opting to hide the news from an unsuspecting Electra, which is where the misunderstanding stems. Things get even more complicated with the introduction of Vittor the Spanish, an uninvited lady called Titika Karlatira and a food delivery boy.
As the calamities escalate, so do the laughs. In all the fuss, questions rise to the fore: how are Batman, mammoths, strip shows, pizzas and Tupperware ladies related to the break-up?
My Life in Ruins
The writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos, goes to Greece in this uplifting comedy about a girl seeking her kefi (mojo).
Georgia works as a travel guide, leading a rag-tag group of tourists across her native Greece while waiting to land her dream job. Opening their eyes to an exotic foreign land, she too begins to see things in new ways, finding her kefi and possibly even love in the process.
Did you know… the song Georgia sings on the beach is Never on Sunday, the only Greek Oscar-winning song from the movie Pote tin Kyriaki (1960). My Life in Ruins also the first Hollywood film to be given permission to shoot at the Acropolis since Boy on a Dolphin (1957).
The intricacies and eccentricities of a small village are vividly expressed in this exquisite drama about a young police officer begrudgingly assigned to an island in the Aegean.
Leonidas believes he should be in the big city solving important crimes, rather than putting up ‘no nudism’ signs and watching the island’s favourite daughter, Angeliki, appear daily on her own morning TV show. But when someone is found dead, Leonidas suspects foul-play rather than a drunken tumble. His investigations lead directly to Angeliki and he finds himself falling under her spell. It appears everyone here has their own version of the truth.
"Unfolding in a beautiful, remote location that practically becomes a character in itself, this appealing second feature from Christos Georgiou humorously captures the mentality of a small island community." Variety
2009 Greek Film Festival
Dates and Venues:
Melbourne 02-13/10/09 Palace Cinema Como, South Yarra
Sydney 09-20/10/09 Palace Norton Street Cinemas Leichhardt
Brisbane 25-27/10/09 Palace Centro Cinema, Fortitude Valley
Adelaide 01-05/11/09 Palace Nova Eastend Cinema, Adelaide
Official Site: www.greekfilmfestival.com.au
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