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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 September 2014
SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Opening night tickets now on sale for the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival Little England to open Greek Film Festival Sydney and Melbourne will be home to over two weeks of Greek cinema with a program that handles Greek family tragedies, carefully crafted dramas and tense thrillers with a strong resilient hand, as this year's Delphi Bank 21st Greek Film Festival returns to Australia. The festival will open with Pantelis Voulgaris' award-winning melodrama Little England, a period film that brings to life a best-selling novel of romance, betrayal and loss as penned by Voulgaris' wife, Ioanna Karystiani. The novel Mikra Agglia, published in English as The Jasmine Island, achieved the Greek National Book Award for Literature for Karystiani's documentation of the difficult life of seafarers' families, where women were left to raise their children alone, while plagued with a constant anxiety that their husbands and sons may never return home. Guests of the festival, Little England producer Giannis Iakovidis and lead actor Andreas Constantinou will attend the opening night of the 2014 Greek Film Festival in Sydney on 14 October and Melbourne on 15 October. Following its warm reception at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Panos H. Koutras' queer road drama Xenia follows a flamboyant gay teenager and his golden brother as they journey together to reunite with their estranged wealthy father to avoid deportation, while attempting the audition rounds for a popular television talent show as an escape route from the realities of modern Grecian life. For those following Greek New Wave cinema, Miss Violence tracks the dark journey into family dysfunction, providing an implicit criticism of Greek society. An artfully constructed film that won Best Actor and Best Director awards at Venice, Alexandro Avranas' Miss Violence tracks slowly while viewers uncover the rotten core that reveals the causes of a young girl's suicide. Film noir hit-man thriller Stratos follows a middle- aged bakery worker living a double life as a con man who guns down strangers and passes on all his money to his underground boss from his prison years to help fund an escape plan for him, as a sign of gratitude for the protection he provided during his jail time. The fourth feature from Yannis Economides is a perversely lingering study of moral and spiritual decay in recession-era Greece, told through the eyes of a brooding hired killer. Returning as part of the Delphi Bank 21st Greek Film Festival, the Greek Australian Short Film Festival will celebrate its fifth year with a program expansion to include a session dedicated to international short films from Greece and beyond for the first time. Filmmakers will compete for Best Short Film prizes in local and international categories. The full program will be announced in late September. Opening night tickets are now on sale through www. palacecinemas.com.au or by calling (03) 9827 7533 in Melbourne and (02) 9564 5620 in Sydney. Pandelis Voulgaris' movie Little England is Greece's official submission for the 2015 Academy Awards. The film, known in Greece as Mikra Anglia, has been submitted for the Best Foreign- Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards. The Greek period drama has already scooped several prizes including a hat-trick at the Shanghai International Film Festival, where it won best film, best director and best actress for Penelope Tsilika, as well as six trophies at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards including best picture. Set on the island of Andros in the 1930s and 1940s, the film is based on the best- selling novel by Voulgaris' wife, Ioanna Karistiani. It centres on how a community copes while the men of the island spend long periods on ships around the world. The film performed well at the Greek box office, where it was released in December by Feelgood Entertainment and recorded more than 360,000 admissions - putting it ahead of Gravity (218,000) and just behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (390,000). On 15 January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce which five films have been nominated from all of the international entries to go forward in the final line-up to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Awards will take place on 22 February 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood. Source: Screen International Mikra Anglia heading for Oscars Lady Gaga’s choice It was Sydney-born rock artist Alex Kavvadias who was honoured to perform as the opening act at Lady Gaga's concert on Friday night at OAKA stadium in Athens. Winner of the Cosmote Jumping Fish competition, and finally chosen as the opening act by the management people of Lady Gaga herself, for Kavvadias the experience was also a chance to première his new single, Hello. The talented Greek Australian artist started his career after moving to Greece from Australia, firstly as a model, but more recently and importantly, as a rock artist. Once 'the most talented high school student', Alex Kavvadias comes from a musical family - his grandfather used to sing recreationally for the tourists in Crete. The musical gene is one that Alex himself inherited, as he told Neos Kosmos in an interview last year. His decision to go to Greece for a holiday in 1999 changed his life in many ways, and fifteen years later, he is still there. He entered the music scene professionally, as lead singer of the band Matisse. The band became famous with singles like Today, a theme song for the TV comedy series Mila Mou Vromika. The band was twice nominated as 'Best Greek Act' at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Alex's involvement with the band eventually came to an end when he decided to pursue a path that didn't match the band's aspirations. As Kavvadias’ Australian publicist Helen Kavadas told Neos Kosmos, after getting to meet Lady Gaga as an opening act to her long awaited performance in Athens, the singer now hopes it will be easier to walk through the doors of the international music scene. For more information about Alex Kavvadias, visit https://el-gr. facebook.com/AlexKavvadias Greek Australian singer Alex Kavvadias was chosen as the opening act of Lady Gaga’s Friday concert in Athens Lady Gaga’s concert in Athens was also a premiere for Kavvadias’ new single Hello.
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