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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 13 FEATURE nd Greek Film Festival How would you raise your children, would one of them convert, what food will be eaten at dinner? Alex told me that the original play was “rejected by every theatre company that I approached. Rather than be discouraged, I made sure it was a success”. “We had a good connection with the audience with a core group coming back to see us over the years.” Now that audience and connection will make a big splash at the Greek Film Festival and the local box office. Another welcome addition to the festival, which will run from 10 October until 1 November (Sydney/Melbourne), will be the film screenings of Aliki Vougiouklaki masterpieces. Anyone who grew up in Australia in the 1970s-90s would have had that family moment when you sat down to your VCR to watch the charismatic Aliki. How we all pine for those simple times, when Greece was just a beautiful image and a song and dance on the screen, a period of Greek cinematic history where magic seemed to flow. This year, the Greek Festival has brought back five Aliki favourites that will touch all generations. Our own original Penelope Cruz, Aliki is a favourite that will endure the test of time. Along with a matinee screening, Aliki will be a star attraction at the festival. And for those who are too young to know about Aliki, just ask your parents or grandparents and they will beam with pride as they count the moments that they watched an Aliki classic. One of the great aspects of the 2015 Greek Film Festival is that there are more international themes and cultures being explored. Along with an array of Greek and Cypriot offerings, this year sees the introduction of a brilliant documentary from the internationally acclaimed Yorgos Avgeropoulos who brings us Agora from Democracy to the Market, a must-see film about contemporary Greece captured through his lens; an Israeli/Greek Film (Magic Men) and even a short film from London made by emerging director Basil Genimahaliotis (Brutus vs Caesar: Winner Takes London). The festival is made possible with the support and sponsorship of Delphi Bank who continue to see the importance of Greek cinema taking the grand stage in Australia. With the festival being held for nearly three weeks each year, it has become one of the largest of its kind in Australia. Sydney representative Nia Karteris told Neos Kosmos: “Ten years ago I’d say the festival was a local Greek community event, but the calibre of the movies has made it as much for the wider community.” Organisers are also very much focussed on engaging with non-Greek Australians, sharing not only cinema treats, but Greek culture in the occasional post-screening Q&A session. Yet again, another unique feature of the Greek Film Festival across Australia. Opening tickets still available online. Full program across Australia - check out www.greekfilmfestival.com.au * Billy Cotsis is a freelance writer and short film director. Greece’s national star, the late Aliki Vougiouklaki.
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