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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 17 FEATURE nephiles, -winning Miss Violence to Oscar and, this year's Delphi Bank val is set to meet the expectations t demanding cinephiles. dney on 14 October and in October, the two-week festival will ema with a program that handles edies, carefully crafted dramas s with a strong, resilient hand. cinematography has simply walked g with the crisis and its effects - s in Greek movie productions in the s just that the crisis angle has now ts on couples, families, with the a number of movies that provide ure of changing relationships at comes with new beginnings. val program, now in its howcase 18 feature films, es and 18 short films. ee years, we've set out searching rvously, concerned that maybe compromise. However, the result ive, with a strong list of films ences much more than a sample and European life," festival prianou tells Neos Kosmos. matography heavily influenced evious years, Kyprianou says ation continues to have a n films produced in Greece. onomic climate is inevitable, storytelling. nly still a focus on the economic evitable that the effects of that into current Greek filmmaking. nning to see, however, is a shift t includes the effect of the crisis onships, and more importantly, ffecting relationships. ptured beautifully in the e in the Time of Crisis, directed os and Kostas Kallergis, which ail at the catastrophic impacts lationships," Kyprianou says. f accolades to its name already, Oscar entry Little England he Delphi Bank 21st Greek alace Cinemas with a fusion of ess feelings of separation and ed by Greek veteran filmmaker , the film will feature a second h anniversary screening of one ssful movies, Brides (2004). iod drama about love and betrayal sland of Andros, the movie was t Film and Best Cinematography m Academy Awards, and also r Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. "We are also fortunate to have secured the attendance of the film's lead actor Andreas Constantinou and producer Giannis Iakovidis, who will join in opening night festivities in Sydney and Melbourne," tells Penny Kyprianou. "It is also the 10th anniversary of Voulgaris' Brides, which opened the Greek Film Festival in 2005. On the occasion of the film's anniversary we'll be re-screening the film on the original 35mm print format." With a repertoire divided between feature films, documentaries and short films, every niche audience will find its own sessions of interest at the 21st Greek Film Festival. Following its great reception at this year's Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard strand, Panos H. Koutras' queer road drama Xenia delves deeply into patriarchy, homosexuality and immigrant rights, affording this film the opportunity to strike a chord with both Australian and Greek audiences. For those following Greek New Wave cinema, joining the list of award winning films is Miss Violence, a gruesomely disturbing tale of domestic and sexual abuse that swept this year's Hellenic Film Academy Awards and won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Providing an implicit criticism of Greek society, Alexandros 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, 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. Wrapping up in true Grecian style, the closing night film Promakhos takes viewers on a journey to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and bring justice to Athena. The movie, co-directed by Coerte Voorhees and John Voorhees, caps off the festival with an epic love story about the test of true love through sacrifice. Returning as part of the 21st Greek Film Festival will be the Greek Australian Short Film Festival, now in its fifth year. For the first time, the program of the Short Film Festival will expand to include a session dedicated to international short films from Greece and beyond. Filmmakers will compete for Best Short Film prizes in local and international categories. "The Greek Film Festival has for many years included a small selection of local and international short films. In 2013 we joined forces with the Greek Australian Short Film Festival, which already had a strong following, and decided to position the shorts program under the larger Greek Film Festival program. This year the program had expanded to include an international focus, and both sections will be competing for the top short film award. The short film program would not have been possible without the work of Stella Dimadis, Katerina Kotsonis and Jim Koutsoukos," Kyprianou says. With four movies in its documentaries sub-section, the festival will feature Evaporating Borders, which presents a new way of thinking about the impact of immigration and sees emerging documentary filmmaker Iva Radivojevic expose Cyprus' too often ignored refugee crisis. The documentary Following Shira's Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey will shine a light on the thriving Jewish communities in Greece prior to World War II; while Love In The Time of Crisis investigates whether intimacy can act as a sufficient escape during calamitous times of political and economic crisis. The Other Human looks at local hero Konstantinos Polychronopoulos and his soup kitchen, which has become a symbol of solidarity in crisis-ridden Athens. Two more documentaries will be screened in Sydney - Playing With Fire elucidates the stark truth for women's affairs and rights in Afghanistan through director Anneta Papathanasiou; while Time for Heroes highlights a Washington DC-based journalist whose struggle has seen him take a place in history as the only man who has dared sue the CIA. Festival director Penny Kyprianou says that this year the festival won't be short of Greek Australian movies, with the movie Following Shira's Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey having its world premiere at the festival and the Australian program of short movies full of works by local filmmakers. "Directed by Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham, this new documentary shines a light on the relatively ignored history of the Greek Jews prior to World War II, also featuring extensive interviews with Holocaust survivors. "Sotiris Dounoukos' French production A Single Body, which recently won Best Short at the Toronto International Film Festival, will screen in the International Shorts program. Additionally, the Australian program of shorts is full of award-winning shorts by local filmmakers that have screened at various prestigious film festivals. Look out for Maiden, Stephen Kanaris' story of a battling greyhound trainer in 1970s Brisbane, By This River, Melissa Anastasi's adaptation of a Christos Tsiolkas short story, and Shabd, Tony Nikolakopoulos' hilarious story of an Indian Australian guy who gets himself into a sticky situation when his parents try to arrange his marriage." The 21st Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival is on in Sydney, 14 October to 2 November, at Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt, and in Melbourne from 15 October to 2 November at Palace Cinema Como, 299 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 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