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:: Spotlight :: 2011 Greek Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

This October the Melbourne edition of the 18th annual Greek Film Festival returns to Palace Cinema Como with a program that will see more than 20 films screen over two weeks. The 2011 program includes the best of contemporary Greek cinema, including internationally awarded and acclaimed comedies, dramas and documentaries as well as two classic Greek films by the late Michael Cacoyannis.

“We are witnessing social and economic upheaval that has vast consequences. In times of trouble, it is the cultural fabric of our society, developed over thousands of years, that binds us together. As part of this, cinema has the power to tell stories that help us contextualise, understand and, at times, laugh at the turmoil around us,” said Leonidas Vlahakis and Tammy Iliou, co-chairs of the Antipodes Festival.


The Festival opens on Wednesday October 12 with Need For Lies, an adaptation of one of Greece’s best-loved stage comedies. The satire, which is being billed as “Spin City meets The West Wing,” takes a timely dig at Greece’s political machinations as it follows the trials of the newly appointed and hopelessly ineffectual Minister of Health and Welfare.

Paying tribute to the late Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek), a five-time Academy-Award nominee and one of Greece’s most prominent filmmakers, the Festival will screen two of Cacoyannis’ most loved films: Stella (1955) which featured Melina Mercouri in her first movie role and the spectacularly shot A Girl in Black (1956), both winners of a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.

Other highlights from this year’s program include: Stratos Tzitzis’ 45Μ2, a raw social drama about the ‘600 euro generation’, the young Greeks who are stuck at home with their parents while trying to survive on minimum wage; Attenberg, the team behind the 2009 award-winning film Dogtooth return with a wry look at how an awkward 23-year-old copes with sexuality in a post-post-modern world; Red Sky, Layia Yiourgo's smouldering erotic drama set on the Island of Crete; Yannis Economides’ multiple award-winning Knifer , a gritty revenge thriller that explores a side of Athens you won’t see on any postcards; and the gripping documentary Shooting vs Shooting, which investigates why journalists were seemingly targeted in the recent Iraq War, considered to be the bloodiest war for media personnel on the ground.

For further details about these films and the rest of the 2011 Greek Film Festival program go online
The Festival also screens in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.

The 18th Greek Film Festival runs from October 12-30, 2011. Tickets are on sale now from the Palace Cinema Como box office, cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra
telephone 03 9827 7533

For more information, visit

www.greekfilmfestival.com.au