Los Angeles -- On its third day the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival continues showcasing it fully slated line up of features and shorts at the historic Grauman's Egyptian,. The younger cousin to the better known half of this theatrical exhibitionist family, Grauman's Chinese Theater just a couple of blocks away from where we are on Hollywood Blvd. Directly across for the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" late night telecast.
What's up on tonightis line up is the following: all in all dramatic edgy films that reflect the despair, frustration and malaise of a nation caught in the grip of the worst economic downturn in recent memory. You might say a testy balance between the good, the bad, the ugly. Didn't they make a movie with the same title? Ya think?
Here is the line up for tonight with trailers and pics.
Friday, June 6, 4:00 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIANTO THE WOLF
Greece/UK/France, 2013, 74 min, LA Premiere
Directors/Writers/Producers/DP/Editor: Aran Hughes, Christina Koutsospyrou
Production Company: Linel Films, French Kiss Production
Cast: Giorgos Katsaros, Ilias Katsaros, Spiridoula Katsarou, Adam Paxnis, Kiki Paxni, Vasiliki Spiropoulou
Print Source: Linel Films, Aran Hughes, email@example.com
The daily struggle of two families of shepherds trying to survive in the wilderness of the Greek mountains while the financial crisis has bottomed out.
* 2013 Berlinale (Forum)
* 2013 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
* 2013 Dokufest (Balkan Newcomer Award)
* 2013 DocLisboa (Special Mention)
Greece, 2014, 16 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer: Harry Lagoussis
Producer: Lelia Andronikou
Cast: Youlika Skafida, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Nikos Georgakis
Print Source: Faliro House Productions, Greg Tselentis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two brothers sit in a waiting room while their mother is having surgery for an unknown reason. Their reactions, their thoughts, and their behavior are completely different. There’s much on ice between them.
* 2014 Aspen Shortsfest – Official selection
Greece, 2013, 23 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Natassa Xydi
Producer: Nikos Moustakas
Cast: Eleana Stravodimou, Zack Momoh.
Print Source: Natassa Xydi, email@example.com
Margarita is about to take a holiday trip to a Greek island. When she misses the boat, she finds herself traveling much further away.
* 2013 36th Drama Short Film Festival (Special Mention)
* 2013 19th Athens International
Cyprus, 2012, 23 min, US Premiere
Director: Spiros Charalambous
Writer: Theo Panayides
Producers: Andros Achilleos, Harris Charalambous
Cast: Spiros Stavrinides, Imee Lysandrou, Elena Efstathiou, Marios Dimitriou
Print Source: Aristarchos Papadaniel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michalis, a sick angry 85 year-old man, keeps calling Anna. Mairy, his Philippine caregiver, soon finds out that Anna is not just a character from Michalis’ favorite soap opera.
* Cyprus SFFC 2012 (Best National Film)
* Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner 2013
Friday, June 6, 8:15 pm
RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIANTHE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS
(I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva)
Greece, 2013, 88 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer: Elina Psykou
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Elina Psykou
Production Companies: Giorgios Karnavas, Guanco
Production Designer: Pinelopi Valti
Cinematographer: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
Editor: Nikos Vavouris
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani, Giorgos Souxes, Theodora Tzimou, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Giaka, Vasilis Dimitroulias
Print Source: Katja Lenarcic, email@example.com
Tragic heroes are in the Greek DNA, and even though Greece is on the ragged edge nowadays, it doesn’t stop producing heroes. Antonis Paraskevas is a TV host, the kind of person that everyone would want to be, a successful product of the entertainment industry. It’s winter when he gets to an exclusive hotel in front of the sea. Nobody is there, and Antonis hovers while contemplating suicide, until the television starts speaking of his disappearance…
My country has lost its identity. One day it’s the cradle of democracy, the birthplace of philosophy. The next day it’s a cradle of filth, corruption and laziness. – Elina Psykou
Elina Psykou studied Film Direction and Sociology in Athens. She was then selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. ‘The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas’ is her first feature film.
* 2012 Karlovy Vary IFF – Work in progress (Best Film)
Greece, 2013, 7 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Lampros Georgopoulos
Producer/Writer: Vassilis Mazomenos
Cast: Orestis Dikaios, Vangelis Mihailis, Anastasia Baliou
Print Source: Horme Pictures, firstname.lastname@example.org
Slightly in the future of Europe, a bearded priest enters a grey facility. He denudes himself and gets on a forklift truck.
* Fantasporto 2014, official competition
Greece, 2013, 10 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Rinio Dragasaki
Producer: Guanaco, Greek Film Centre
Cast: Avra Vordonaraki, Giorgios Vordonarakis, Kriton Doris, Michaela Zahariou, Klio Papatzanaki
Print Source: Rinio Dragasaki, email@example.com
Athens, a stifling summer, school is empty. A handful of teenagers hang out in the playground. A water balloon floats in the air. It’s time to play, until the shocking ending.
* 2013 Berlinale-14 plus Generation
* 2013 Athens International Film Festival
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