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:: Spotlight :: 2006 Greek Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Greek Film Festival opens in Melbourne from September 20 and continues until October 8 at Palace Cinema Como and features many new films never before seen in Australia, including the box office smash SIRENS OF THE AEGEAN, which will open the Festival.

Presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne in conjunction with Palace Cinemas, this year’s line-up again boasts a tantalising array of contemporary and classic Greek cinema, which showcases the sensitive, yet flamboyant nature of one of the world’s most passionate cultures.

The programme's Contemporary Greek Cinema Section presents a celluloid potpourri which highlights emerging filmmakers such as Angelos Frantzis whose fantasy thriller A Dog’s Dream delivers a slice of magic realism, whilst Layia Yiourgou and Eleni Alexandraki’s respective romantic features Liubi and The Woman Who Missed Home, evoke love in all its passion. The buoyant comedy Chariton’s Choir, winner of the Audience Award at the 2005 Thessaloniki Film Festival, celebrates the joy of living with a robust central performance from Georges Corraface who delighted 2004 Festival audiences with his star turn in A Touch of Spice. Actor/Director Andonis Kafetzopoulos’ comedy Woman Is…A Tough Person will also entertain with its energetic look at an executive whose life is spinning out of control, whilst veteran filmmaker Antonis Papadopoulos’ ironic drama Hazardous and Unhealthy takes an insightful look at the power of myths and hero-worship.

The Festival’s Family Films Section includes the masterful dramas Fading Light and the award-winning The Canary Yellow Bicycle, which both depict the influence teachers can have on the lives of their pupils. Also within this Section is The Little Dolphins, from cinematic maestro Dinos Demopoulos, acknowledged as one of the country’s greatest directors who, in what was to be the last film of his distinguished career, revisits a recurring theme, the sea.

Three films from the 60’s Golden Age of Greek Cinema form the Classics Section; the social comedy Moderna Stahtopouta starring the late, great star of Greek stage and screen, Aliki Vougiouklaki, the drama Nomas 4000 from director Yannis Dalianidis and the Festival’s closing night film, I Soferina, a delicious comedy from the late veteran director Alekos Sakellarios which also stars Aliki Vougiouklaki in one of her most popular performances.

Also Included in the 2006 programme is a rare homage to director Michael Cacoyannis, whose genius is revisited through his critically acclaimed trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies starring screen legend Irene Papas; Electra, The Trojan Women (co-starring Katherine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Geneviève Bujold) and Iphigenia.

Programme details are available on the official website.

Ticket prices are: Adults: $15.50, Concession/Movie Club: $13.50

Tickets can be purchased from Cinema Como via phone on 9827 7433 or in person, or online (click on session times and select Cinema Como).

OTHER STATES

Sydney: September 13 - October 1 - at Palace Norton Street

Adelaide: September 28 - October 2 - at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Brisbane: October 19 - 22 - venue: TBC

Canberra: October 12 - 18 - venue: TBC

For more information, visit

www.greekfilmfestival.com.au