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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Greek Film Festival a success BILLY COTSIS The magic of Greek cinema lit up screens across Australia for two and half weeks in October and November, as the Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival showcased brilliant, thoughtprovoking cinema steeped in Greece's time-honoured culture of storytelling. The film festival, which drew its curtains last Sunday with near sell-out screenings of Zorba the Greek, also featured a further 13 feature films, four documentaries and a ‘60s classics retrospective on the work of Aliki Vougiouklaki. Aliki proved to be a hit with older audiences, their children and families, who sought a trip down memory lane with five of her greatest movies, bringing the Greece of another era to modern Australia. "Following such a successful festival last year, we were excited to be back with a program rich in history and culture," Sydney festival chair Nia Karteris told Neos Kosmos. "In 2015 we were proud to showcase the latest and greatest of Greek cinema, capturing the hearts of Greeks and Australians alike." The film festival team brought added layers to the Sydney festivities with a packed opening night featuring Greek musicians, a Q&A hosted by SBS' Themis Kallos with the Alex & Eve cast and director Peter Andikidis a few days later, whilst Professor Vrasidas Karalis hosted an Aliki Q&A for fans of the iconic actress. One of the big success stories of the festival was the world premiere of Alex & Eve. After seven years of sold out shows across Australia, the smash stage play Alex & A still from the movie Alex & Eve. Eve brought its magic to the screen, opening the festival and selling out five cinemas with 800 people. It was a similar story in Melbourne. The magic and power of telling a story was felt with the award-winning documentary Agora: From Democracy to the Market. This was a superb look at the political, social, and economic issues currently affecting Greece. Judging by the debate and discussion that flowed from the audience afterward, the documentary had the desired effect in stimulating discussion. To round out the festival, the sixth Greek Australian Short Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival hits SA Taking place over just four days, don’t miss your chance to catch a screening Delphi Bank's 22nd Greek Film Festival is making its way around the country, and now its South Australia's turn. Launched by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia, five films will run, over four days of Greek cinema. Set to open the festival is the feel-good blockbuster Alex & Eve, by filmmaker Peter Andrikidis. Based on the hit stage play, the film features Alex (Richard Brancatisano), who is in his mid-30s and whose parents want him to marry a good Greek girl. But little do they know Alex has fallen hopelessly in love with Eve (Andrea Demetriades), whose parents are Lebanese Muslim. Watch the story unfold as their families struggle to come to terms with their love for one another. Day two will feature Panos Karkanevatos' Riverbanks. A gripping tale of love and survival, a river acts as the border between Greece and Turkey - and as a deadly minefield. Yannis (Andreas From the film Zorba the Greek. Film Festival and International Film Festival featured stand out contributions from the US, Armenia, Cuba and Greece. The festival was arguably one of the best in its long history, with ticket sales making it one of the most popular cultural film festival events in Australia. With the conclusion of the successful film festival, organisers across Australia will now turn their attention to coordinating the annual Greek Festival, to be held in respective capital cities starting from February. *Billy Cotsis is the director of Draconian Decision of the German Drachma. George Miller honoured at EMA Awards Director George Miller has been recognised at this year's Environmental Media Awards. Held at Warner Bros Studios on October 24, the Mad Max director was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appears in Fury Road. The EMA awards recognise Opening night film Alex & Eve. Constantinou) a sapper and lone kamikaze, holds a reputation for rooting out mines in a way machines cannot replicate. Chryssa (Elena Mavridou) is a single mother, caring for a father and brother, who helps the children of illegal immigrants cross the river. The two are kindred spirits, but their world looks to be SESSION TIMES Thursday 26 November: Alex & Eve @ 7.00 pm Friday 27 November: Riverbanks @ 6.30 pm Saturday 28 November: Family Member @ 7.00 pm Love Struck @ 9.00 pm Sunday 29 November: Magic Men @ 7.00 pm doomed to destruction as Chryssa's thug boss and father of her child try to track the couple on the run. Saturday will see two films screen back to back. In Marinos Katrikkis' Family Member a Cypriot family face an ethical dilemma as they try to stay financially afloat by keeping their grandfather's pension when he passes away. Or you can catch Thodoris Atheridis' Love Struck. Shot against the leafy suburbs and twilight ports of Athens, Atheridis stars as Antonis, a firefighter living in Piraeus. On the eve of his wedding to Natassa (Panagiota Vlanti), an old lover, Anna (Smaragda Karydis), suddenly arrives on his doorstep. It quickly becomes apparent the pair still have feelings PHOTO: FILMBLERG.COM for each other, but Antonis is unwilling to call off his impending nuptials. The festival will conclude with the Greek-Israeli production Magic Men, by Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor. In a cross-cultural pilgrimage, a 78-year-old Greek Holocaust survivor (Makram Khoury) and his Hasidic rapper son (Zohar Shtrauss) set out on a road trip from Israel to Greece in search of a magician who saved his life during World War II. Covering such diverse themes and genres, there should be something for everyone at this year’s festival. The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival will take place from 26-29 November. To purchase tickets for opening night and other screenings visit Palace Nova online at www. palacenova.com or in person. celebrities who are environmentally conscious and devoted to eco-friendly living. The director made reference to his Greek upbringing on a farm as an influential factor as to why he is so conscious of the environment and caring for the planet. Miller joins previous honorees Don Henley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Davis, Van Jones, and Zem and James Joaquin. Also speaking on the day was Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, CEO of Earth Friendly Products and sponsor of the event. Earth Friendly Products was founded by VlahakisHanks' father, who migrated to the US from Greece. A ground-breaking approach at the time, the CEO has continued in her father's footsteps, helping the environment while improving her brand. Also present at the award ceremony were Jessica Biel and Dita Von Teese, among various others. Sources: Greek Reporter, Variety DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with the recipient of the 2015 environmentalist award, George Miller.
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