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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 January 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017 21 ARTS This definitive cinematic interpretation of Sophocles' immortal tragedy, Antigone begins the Hellenic Museum's celebration of the golden age of Greek cinema, beginning Saturday 4 February. Georges Tzavellas' directorial interpretation of Antigone's incredible tale of woven love and fate vividly maintains the continued relevance of these ancient characters. Continuing on in this theme of love railing against fate, modern tales A Matter of Dignity and The Lady and the Rascal explore the nuances of social mores and expectations under the spotlight of the battle between arranged and spontaneous love. Lily of the Harbour, meanwhile, tells the story of starcrossed lovers, apt in its timing for a Valentine's weekend, and features music from Academy Award-winning composer Manos Hadjidakis and striking 'noir' cinematography by Astridis Karidi-Fuchs. The final film on Saturday 4 March is a return to ancient tragedy, laying bare Euripides' Iphigenia and widely lauded as Michael Cacoyannis' finest adaptation. Played out on an epic scale, Irene Papas as Clytemnestra delivers a career-defining performance. The courtyard of the former Royal Mint building, that houses Australia's Hellenic Museum, will come alive once again for this five-week long cinema program. Paying homage to the set-up of Athenian outdoor cinema, the garden pavilion will be transformed to cater to lovers of Greek cinema and cult classic movies. Once again the museum has worked closely with Greek cinema distribution pioneer Peter Yiannoudes in selecting the films. The courtyard opens at 6.00 pm, where people can en- joy food from the Greek-style psistaria (wood-fired oven and grill) before and during the movie. The screening begins atmospherically at sunset. HERE'S THE FULL SUMMER CINEMA PROGRAM: Saturday 4 February Antigone (1960) Rated M Director: Giorgos Tzavellas Actors: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis In this ancient tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone (Irene Papas) defies King Creon's (Manos Katrakis) decree that her brother's body should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife. Saturday 11 February A Matter of Dignity (To Telefteo Psema) (1958) Rated M Director: Michael Cacoyannis Actors: Ellie Lambeti, Michalis Nikolinakos Faced with bankruptcy, a high society family scheme for their daughter to snare an unwitting rich husband to save them from their plight. Academy Award-winning director Michael Cacoyannis deftly explores the nuances of social mores and Ellie Lambeti is at her finest as the privileged daughter walking a precarious tightrope. Saturday 18 February Lily of the Harbour (I Agnie tou Limaniou) (1952) Rated M Director: Giorgos Tzavellas Actors: Eleni Hatziargiri, Alekos Alexandrakis The story of star-crossed lovers and dark family secrets set in the harbour district of Piraeus with music by the Academy Award-winning composer Manos Hadjidakis and superb ‘noir’ cinematography by Aristidis Karidi-Fuchs. Saturday 25 February Fate. Film. Love. The Hellenic Museum is set to kick off its outdoor cinema in February with Sophocles’ Antigone Aliki Vougiouklaki and Dimitris Papamichael in The Lady and the Rascal. The Lady and the Rascal (I Arhondissa Ke O Alitis) (1969) Rated PG Director: Dinos Dimopoulos Actors: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael Escaping a high society arranged marriage to a shipowner’s son, Rena (Aliki Vougiouklaki), disguised as a boy, meets Lefteris (Dimitris Papamichael) and falls in love with him. Saturday 4 March Iphigenia (1977) Rated M Director: Michael Cacoyannis Actors: Irene Papas, Kostas Kazakos In this Euripidean tragedy, King Agamemnon decides to deceive his wife Clytemnestra (Irene Papas) and sacrifice their daughter Iphigenia to appease the gods in order to gain safe and swift passage for his ships to Troy.
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