The 7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


The 7th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, in it’s new home at The WGA Theatre, announced this year’s theme: WE STAND ALONE: NEW GREEK CINEMA. The festival runs from June 6-9, at The WGA Theatre and Real D Screening Rooms in Beverly Hills.

“We stand on the threshold of universal change. Greeks are among the reluctant players of this wave, just as they have often been in the past when the turning forces destroyed traditions, broke down customs, and brought about new institutions and ideas. But those who are caught in the torrents of the times are called to step away from the known and the usual – and respond. Necessity, violence, suffering – they move the artists of the world not only to reveal the truth of what has gone wrong and why, but also to act as beacons of hope for what may go right.

Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world – their aesthetic antennae vibrating in sync with the living forces of here and now – challenge us to look beyond our familiar horizon into the age of the future. “

LAGFF is witnessing a new wave of Greek Cinema emerging from an irreverent generation of young filmmakers who insist on breaking ties with past trends and seeing things in their own unique way. The results are impressive and include recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals. LAGFF’s  place as a center for Greek filmmakers from around the world is taking on new significance as it assumed an active role not only in reflecting the blossoming of Greek Cinema but also in promoting modern Greek culture by highlighting its hidden treasures and root.

LAGFF showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. LACFF”S foremost goal is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. The festival was founded by Ersi Danou and Angeliki Giannakopoulos. The festival Executive Director is Craig Prater and the Festival Executive producer is Alex Kalognomos.

A jury awards the annual ORPHEUS AWARDS. Named for the legendary Greek poet and “father of songs”, the Orpheus Award is the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s annual prize intended to honor the best in Greek and Greek inspired cinema. Since the Festival’s inception in 2007 the awards night has become an integral event serving to highlight the art and artists who are changing the way we think about film.

The award was designed by Greek artist Miltos Papastergiou. Papastergiou, who studied under Yannis Pappas, attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris and has regularly presented his work in both Athens and Larissa.

LAGFF’s 2013 Jury:
Film historian, educator Fred Linch (Chairman of the Jury) has served as a jury member at numerous international film festivals. He is the former President of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Board of Directors, the former Executive Director of the Jewish Film Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona, and served as President of the Jury at the Vladistok Film Festival in Russia. Linch continues to teach film studies at Arizona State University and its OSHER program, referrings to his classes as “intellectual exercise programs.” Currently, he is conducting a film course about Theo Angelopoulos, part of which will be presented at LAGFF’s Theo Angelopoulos Tribute.

Robert Arentz founded the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) in 1997, which is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Forty-one of the films shown at LA Shorts Fest have received Oscar nominations, and 12 of those have won an Oscar in the short film category. In 2011, Arentz founded NXT STAGE Hollywood International Advertising Awards, the first advertising awards in Hollywood, with a focus on the intersection between advertising and entertainment. This year, Arentz founded the inaugural New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest). He currently functions as Producer and Executive Director of all of the above events.

Klara Beverly is the owner of the theatrical distribution company ATLANTIS Entertainment CZ, specializing in releasing European films and world art house films since 1996. The company operates on three territories in Europe – Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Hungary – and has released over 100 films. She has produced several independent features, including LA VIDA DE LOS PECES (2010) and ROOM IN ROME (2009). In addition, Beverly is an official industry consultant of the European Cultural Fund in Brussels since 2002.

Andrew P. Crane is the Special Project Programmer and Membership Manager for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. He has been on numerous panels at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest, Screamfest, L.A. Intensive/American Pavilion, and the Directors Guild of America, to name a few, and served as a jury member on several international film festivals, including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, HBO Comedy Film Festival, Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, COLCOA (City of Lights/City of Angels), and more.

Marc Halperin has worked for both major studios and independent distributors, managing the national releases of numerous landmark films that have garnered 13 Oscars and 48 nominations. He has released Giuseppe Tonotori’s CINEMA PARADISO (1988), Stephen Soderbergh’s SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE (1989), Jim Sheridan’s MY LEFT FOOT (1989), Quentin Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS (1992), Scott Hicks’s SHINE (1996), and Nigel Cole’s SAVING GRACE (2000). In 1989, Halperin joined Miramax Films as Senior Vice President General Sales Manager and was responsible for the distribution of every Miramax release until 1994, when he joined Fine Line Features as Senior Vice President General Sales Manager. In 2001 Halperin formed Magic Lamp Releasing to bring the same quality of distribution to independent producers, and since 2003 he has been involved in the production of independent features.

WRITERS GUILD THEATER,135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills
Free parking available adjacent to the theater
We stand on the threshold of universal change. Greeks are among the reluctant players of this wave, just as they have often been in the past when the turning forces destroyed traditions, broke down customs, and brought about new institutions and ideas. But those who are caught in the torrents of the times are called to step away from the known and the usual – and respond. Necessity, violence, suffering – they move the artists of the world not only to reveal the truth of what has gone wrong and why, but also to act as beacons of hope for what may go right.

Greek filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and the world – their aesthetic antennae vibrating in sync with the living forces of here and now – challenge us to look beyond our familiar horizon into the age of the future.

7:30 pm  METEORA
Germany/Greece/France, 2012, 85 min, US Premiere
Opening Night Presentation
Director: Spiros Stathoulopoulos
Writers: Asimakis Pagidas, Spiros Stathoulopoulos
Producers: Philippe Bobber, Susanne Marian, Spiros Stathoulopoulos, Asimakis Pagidas, Theo Alexander, Yolanda Markopoulou
Cast: Theo Alexander, Tamilla Koulieva
In the plains of central Greece, Byzantine monasteries are perched atop sandstone pillars, suspended between heaven and earth. A young Greek monk and a Russian nun have devoted their lives to the strict rituals and practices of their community, but a growing affection for one another puts their monastic life under question. Torn between spiritual devotion and their human desire, they must decide which path to follow. English Subtitles
*2013 Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection

Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Neritan Zinxhiria
Producers: Yorgos Lykiardopoulos, Bujar Alimani, Neritan Zinxhiria, ERT
Cast: Yota Chatzioannou, Fotis Armenis

A strong-willed old woman, her stubborn mule, and a soulless body. She is alone against the harsh elements of the northern Greek winter, and the cycle of life.
*2012 Athens International Film Festival, Golden Athena – Best Short Film
*2012 Drama International Short Film Festival, Golden Dionysus – Best Short Film, Best South and Eastern Europe Film, Greek Union of Film Critics Award
*2012 FilmFest Dresden, Golden Horseman Fiction
* 2013 Hellenic Film Academy, Best Short Film
Followed by:
Reception catered by Petros Restaurant and wine tasting by Athenee Importers

3:00 pm THEY GLOW IN THE DARK (Lampoun sto Skotadi)
Greece, 2013, 69 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Cinematography: Panagiotis Evangelidis
Producers: Amanda Livanou, Panagiotis Evangelidis
Two HIV-positive middle-aged gay friends barely make a living in post-Katrina New Orleans by selling hand-made figures of the Cajun pantheon. Their extravagant past lives fade before their present commitment to survive together until death do them part.
*15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Fipresci Prize

Mexico/USA, 2012, 16 min
Director/Writer: Araceli Lemos
Producer: Giulia Caruso
Cast: Felipe Cortes, Jose A. Solorio, Maria Carlton, Eva Walker, Pasqual Torres
In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, a man is faced with having to cross to the ultimate other side: He has cancer.
*Tampere Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection
*Rio de Janeiro Int’l Short Film Festival (A New America), Official Selection

5:00 pm FYNBOS
South Africa, Greece, USA, 2012, 96 min, LA Premiere
Director: Harry Patramanis
Writers: Jonathan Kyle Glatzer, Harry Patramanis
Producers: Eleni Asvesta, Stefanos Fotiadis, Marios Fotiadis, Philip Key
Cast: Warrick Grier, Jessica Haines, Susan Danford, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Cara Roberts, John Herbert, Chad Philips

On a lavish and remote property in South Africa, within the walls of a glass house, six lives intersect and lay bare their secrets in this twisting drama.
*2013 Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection
*2013 Slamdance Film Festival, Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography
*Durban International Film Festival

DISTANCES (Apostaseis)
Greece, 2012, 18 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Gregory Rentis
Executive Producer: Maria Tsiga
Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Alexis Danezis, Katia Goulioni, Giorgos Symeonidis
A 10-year-old boy has to trick his estranged father into discovering their bond.

USA, 1963, 174 min
Elia Kazan Tribute presented by Kary Antholis and Cinemax
Director/Writer: Elia Kazan
Cast: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam
At the end of the 19th century in a small village in Turkey, when oppression against the Greek minority increases, a father, plotting his family’s escape, sends his young son to Constantinople to make money and get the family to join him. But the son’s own dream is different: America…
*1964 Academy-Award winner, Best Art Direction (B&W)
*1964 Academy-Award nominations for: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Elia Kazan
Preceded by:
HBO President of Miniseries and Cinemax Programming Kary Antholis will speak about Elia Kazan, his work, and immigrant roots (30 min.)

10:00 am FOOD FOR LOVE
Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere
Director: Marianna Economou
Producer: Lilette Botassi
Some Greek mothers show their love by regularly preparing veritable feasts for their children, who attend university some distance away from home.

Sweden, 2013, 14 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Nicolas Kolovos
Producer: Olle Wirenhead, Helena Wirenhead
Cast:Nina Zanjani, Johan Friberg, Anna Persson, Angelina Liljekvist
A red Porsche, a fashionable mom and a toddler. Place them all in a parking lot, apply a degree of rush and watch the story unfold, while you wish for more. English Subtitles

USA, 2013, 38 min, World Premiere
Director/Producer: Chris Emmanouilides
Documentary essay inspired by a family trip to Greece, reflecting on the end of traditional photography and the birth of the digital universe.

12:30 pm LITTLE LAND
Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere
Director: Nikos Dayandas
Writers: Nikos Dayandas, Yuri Averof
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof
A 35-year-old unemployed Athenian settles on the remote island of Ikaria. There, he discovers a society with a unique culture based on autonomy and cooperation, and blessed with peace and exceptional longevity.  English Subtitles

THE LITTLE PALACE OF AORIA (To Palataki ton Aorion)
Greece, 2013, 24min, World Premiere
Director/Producer: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
Over the last two decades, a ghost town in the Cretan mountains is restored and turned into a bustling village through the locals’ solidarity and self-determination.  English Subtitles

ONE TOWN, ONE TEAM, MY TEAM – PLATANIAS (Mia Polis, Mia Omada, i Omada mou)
Greece, 2013, 16 min, World Premiere
Director/Writer: Lakis Matthiopoulos
Producer: Lakis Matthiopoulos, Takis Dimopoulos
History and dreams, reality and wishes, joys and sorrows of a town and its soccer team, Platanias, in Chania, Crete.  English Subtitles

Golden Dawn, Dark Nights: 7 Voices

Greece, 2012, 6 min, US premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Salvador Georgantas
Cast: Argiris Thanasoulas, George Krasadakis, Spiridon Milionis, Vangelis Fotinakis
A guy’s unfortunate resemblance to an infamous politician results in a farcical chase through the streets of Athens.

Greece, 2012, 19 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Konstantinos Karamaghiolis
Cast: Manos Vakousis, Elias Moulas, Euthimis Zisakis, Alexandros Chrysanthopoulos
A youth flirting with becoming a member of a fascist group, experiences a reality check.  English Subtitles

SANTA WHO? (Poios Vassilis?)
Greece, 2011, 24 min, World Premiere
Director/Adaptation: Dimitris Moutsiakas
Producer: Dimitris Spyrou
Cast: Dimitris Bikiropoulos, Charis Fragoulis, Andreas Konstandinou, Dimitra Trikka
On a Christmas Eve, an old barber and a little girl encounter a dangerous Santa… English Subtitles

Canada, 2013, 30 min, US Premiere
Directors: Peter James, Philippos Balabanos
Writers: Philippos Balabanos, Peter James
Executive Producers: Angelis Sarbanis, Gregory C. Pappas
Cast: Constantine Kourtidis, Leonidas Pappas, Peter James, Karine Dashney
The leader of the Montreal chapter of the ultranationalist Golden Dawn is on the hunt, and the only obstacle in his way will turn out to be a man just like himself.

Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Georgis Grigorakis
Cast: Stelios Xanthoudakis, Giannis Tsortekis, Eleytheria Komi, Bakar Albakar
Athens, August 2012. 45 degrees. It’s getting dark, but the city is still in the grip of the relentless heat – and so is a family that finds itself between a rock and a hard place.  English Subtitles

Greece, 2012, 11 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Christos Nikou
Producers: Iraklis Mavroidis, Angelos Venetis
Cast: Evi Saoulidou, Aris Servetalis
Stuck in a car, a couple seems to experience the intense end of their relationship. English Subtitles

Greece, 2013, 6 min, World Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Manos Gerogiannis and Yannis Zoumakis
Aloof witnesses or protective observers, the giant Jachalays stand by humanity in a time of dissent towards something not yet understood.  English Subtitles

5:45 pm THE DAUGHTER (I Kori)
Greece/Italy, 2012, 87 min, LA Premiere
Director: Thanos Anastopoulos
Writers: Thanos Anastopoulos, Vassilis Giatsis
Producers: Fantasia LTD, Mansarda Production
Cast: Myrto Alimani, Aggelos Papadimas Father Symeonidis, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Ornela Kapetani, Theodora Tzimou
When a 14-year-old girl finds out that her father has fled to avoid his debts, she kidnaps the 8-year-old son of her father’s business partner. The Greek economic crisis touches and changes forever many facets of the family’s nucleus. How will the new generation react? How is it reacting?  English Subtitles
*2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Forum Screening
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography

EXIT K1 (Exodos K!)
Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Janis Rafailidou
Cast: Irfan Mouhamad Arif, Takis Spiridakis
An off-road journey into the world of clandestine immigrants in the suburbs of Athens, where nostalgia takes the form of decorated pigeons.

TRAFFIC (Kinisis)
Greece, 2012, 20min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Leonardo Cariglino
Production Company: Motel de Ville
Cast: Stella Ermi, Xaralambos Devetzis, Paulos Melikidis, Efi Bairaktaridou
A young woman’s hectic day is just another expression of her mental “traffic” and mounting anxiety.  English Subtitles

GO BACK 8:15 pm BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD (To Agori Troei to Fagito tou Pouliou)
Greece, 2012, 80 min, LA Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Ektoras Lygizos
Production Companies: Stefi Productions, Guanaco
Cast: Yannis Papadopoulos, Lila Baklesi, Kleopatra Perraki
A personal take on Knut Hamsun’s classic 1890 novel “Hunger to the Modern Day” follows a young man desperately trying to preserve his sense of dignity and overcome demoralizing hunger and loneliness in the streets of Athens.  English Subtitles
*2012 Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival, Special Mention for Yannis Papadopoulos
*2012 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Association Quebecoise des Critiques de Cinéma Award
*2013 Crossing Europe Linz, Crossing Europe Award – European Competition
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy, Best Film, Best New Director, Best Actor,

Greece, 2012, 28 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Siamak Etemadi
Producers: Siamak Etemadi, Elina Fessa
Cast: Kiriakos Hadjiioannou, Elena Mengreli
A love story of two strangers who meet by chance, on a barren, isolated beach, and develop a brief but extreme relationship driven by lust, fear and anger.
*65th Locarno International Film Festival, Official Selection

Alternate screenings:
REAL D SCREENING ROOM, 100 N Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills
Free parking for Gold Pass-holders beneath the theater – $5 parking for all others

Presented by Pabst Brewing Company and the Metropoulos Family    
Top Hollywood professionals discuss their artistic processes and decision-making.
Followed by refreshments.

3:00 pm AMNESIA DIARIES (Imerologio Amnesias)
Greece, 2012, 105 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Cinematographer: Stella Theodorakis
Producers: Stella Theodorakis, Thanos Anastopoulos
The filmmaker reflects upon her leisurely past and frantic present, gradually coming to a realization that concerns each and every one of us, just as intimately as it does her.  English Subtitles
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Documentary

5:30 pm
WELCOME TO ALL SAINTS (Ap ta Kokkala Vgalmena)
Greece, 2011, 88 min, LA Premiere
Presented by Hellenic American Medical and Dental Association of Southern California
Director: Sotoris Goritsas
Producer: Constantinos Moriatis
Cast: Argiris Xafis, Dimitris Immelos, Anna Kufsaftiki, Kostas Berikopoulos, Minas Xatzisavvas, Giorgos Simeonidis, Dimitri Xanthopoulos, Vangelis Mourikis
A young medical intern begins his career at the “All Saints Hospital” in Athens, only to discover that everyone who works in the Greek public sector is part of a monstrous bureaucracy and an absurd tragicomedy.

Cyprus, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Stylianos Constantinou
Cast: Antonis Katsaris, Zoe Wintershaussen
Precise and meticulous, the embalmer begins preparing a body. But the job he has been serving for so many years has something in store for him, something out of order.
*2012 Rome International Film Festival
Followed by dinner reception at 7:30 pm.

11:00 am A.C.A.B. (ALL CATS ARE BRILLIANT) – (Sygharitiria stous Aisiodoxous)
Greece, 2012, 83 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Constantina Voulgaris
Producer: Eleni Afentaki
Production Companies: Greek Film Centre, MITOS, ERT
Cast: Maria Georgiadou, Kostas Ganotis, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Themis Bazaka, Dimitris Piatas, Alexis Charisis-Maerki
A young woman living in Athens tries to find herself amidst the demands of her boyfriend, who has a radical political agenda, and her parents, whose only hope is that their daughter begins a career. In the meantime, a tender relationship develops between her and an eight-year-old friend.  English Subtitles

Australia, 2012, 17 min, World Premiere
Director/Writer: John Evagora
Producer: Polly Staniford
Cast: Steve Mouzakis, Anthony Taufa, Claudio Carelli, Katerina Kotsonis
He steals, he sells, he scores. Day in, day out. But today is a special day.

1:00 pm ONE STEP AHEAD (Ena Vima Brosta)
Greece, 2012, 126 min, US Premiere
Director: Dimitris Athiridis
Producers: Maria Drandraki, Dimitris Athiridis
Yiannis Boutaris, a successful winemaker and the maverick mayoral candidate for Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, faces his enemies within and without with equal courage and uncompromising honesty.  English Subtitles
*2012 IDFA, Official Selection

Preceded by:
Greece, 2011, 5 min, US Premiere
Directors: Nikos Branidis, Yiannis Bougioukas
Writer: Kathrin Freytag
Producer: Yiannis Bougioukas
Cast: Kathrin Freytag, Nikos Branidis
Life happens within the four walls of a tiny bathroom.

5:00 pm MITSIGAN – HARDSHIPS & BEAUTIES (Mitsigan – Omorfies & Dyskolies)
Greece/France, 2013, 60 min, US Premiere 
Closing Night Presentation
Presented by Earth Friendly Products
Orpheus Awards presentation
Director/Writer: Kimon Tsakiris
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Kimon Tsakiris
When Mitsos Tsiganos, nicknamed “Mitsigan”, a modern-day Greek cowboy and owner of “Hardships & Beauties” vegetable farm, is struck by both professional and personal crisis, he decides to go on a short road trip in search of signs of hope. English Subtitles

OUT OF FRAME (Titloi Telous)
Greece, 2012, 10 min, US Premiere
Director/Writer: Giorgos Zois
Producers: Giorgos Zois, Maria Drandaki
In Greece, billboard advertisement has been outlawed. There are hundreds of blank billboards going to waste. But the empty frames are now the message. And we are out of frame.
*69th Venice Film Festival (2012), European Film Award

7:30 pm Dinner reception at the residence of Consul General Elisabeth Fotiadou will follow the Closing Night festivities. Gold Pass holders and by invitation only.
Presented by Costa Navarino Luxury Resort

Alternate Programming
REAL D SCREENING ROOM 100 N Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills

1:30 pm
Presented by Pabst Brewing Company and the Metropoulos Family

ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America) and Haos Film are among festival sponsors.
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