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:: Spotlight :: 2007 Greek Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Greek Film Festival 2007 will include the biggest and best films to have screened in Greece over the last 12 months. This year's bumper program of 20 features has been handpicked and sourced not only from the Greek Film Centre but from far and wide. This innovation has allowed the Festival organisers to gather the most exciting and powerfully entertaining selection of movies in the Festival¹s 15-year history and will include Greece¹s most recent box office hits.

In keeping with the expanded program, the 2007 Festival will screen for the first time in four venues across Melbourne and Sydney - Palace Norton Street and the Chauvel in Sydney, and Palace Como and Palace Balwyn in Melbourne.

Proudly presented by Palace Cinemas and the Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia, the Greek Film Festival 2007 will open with EXTENDED PLAY, the smash-hit romantic comedy about a jealous husband whose paranoia follows him into the afterlife with wryly humorous results. Additional Festival highlights include DYING IN ATHENS, an upbeat musical meditation on a serial philanderer's confessions, EDUART, winner of the FIPRESCI (Critics) Award at the 2006 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in which a young man sees his dreams of becoming a rock singer tragically misfire, A BEE IN AUGUST, the comic crowd pleaser which reigned supreme at the Greek box office and ALTER EGO, the romantic drama starring Greek singing sensation, Sakis Rouvas, in his first major screen role.

Other cinematic musts include CLOSE TO THE EDGE, a powerful tale of a solitary young cab driver who lives through the experiences of his passengers, THE GUARDIAN¹S SON, a chilling drama about an ambitious journalist whose search for a stolen gun leads him to an abandoned village wherein lies his destiny and PLANET ATHENS, a collection of short stories depicting the experiences of a diverse group of people during the 2004
Athens Olympics

As part of the Festival¹s homage to classic Greek cinema, audiences will also be able to rekindle their romance with the legendary Melina Mercouri who stars in STELLA, which won the 1956 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. The Festival will also screen MELINA MERCOURI¹S ATHENS, a fascinating and rarely seen short film, shot in 1980, in which Mercouri takes viewers on a joyous tour of her beloved Athens, and performs an impromptu rendition of ‘Never on a Sunday’ accompanied by the song¹s famed composer Manos Hatzidakis.

The Greek Film Festival 2007 will take place around Australia on the following dates:

Melbourne - November 7 to 25 - Palace Como & Palace Balwyn
Sydney - October 31 to November 18 - Chauvel & Palace Norton Street
Brisbane - November 21 to 27 - Palace Centro Cinema
Perth - November 22 to 28 - Ace Subiaco Cinemas
Adelaide - November 22 to 28 - Palace Nova Cinemas
Canberra - November 28 to December 2 - Greater Union Manuka