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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 3 June 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017 19 ARTS Lanthimos wins Best Screenplay at Cannes Starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer was jointly awarded with Scottish film You Were Never Really Here Despite dividing critics, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou have been awarded best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for their thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer. This was Lanthimos' third film to premiere at the prestigious event in the south of France, and in his acceptance speech thanked the festival's jury "for this beautiful present". Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, the film inspired by Euripides' Iphigenia is a dark tale which unfolds after a heart surgeon operates on a man while drunk and kills him. In a bid to gain revenge, years later the victim's teenage son seeks out the surgeon and insists he choose a member of his family to kill or they will all suffer an excruciating death. The 44-year-old Greek director is known for launching the 'weird-wave' genre during Greece's economic crisis. "We just did whatever the hell came into our heads," said Lanthimos in an interview about his early years as a director in Athens. "A few friends, very little money. We just kept on making what we felt we wanted to make." But the limitations haven't held him back in the slightest. Among his many accolades were the Un Certain Regard prize for Dogtooth at Cannes in 2009, Best Screenplay for Alps in Venice in 2011 and Best Film at the Sydney awards in 2012. While The Lobster secured an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. Lanthimos jointly shares the award for Best Screenplay with Scottish director Lynne Ramsay for her film You Were Never Really Here. Dress up as your favourite superhero in the name of charity The Daughters of Penelope Ariadne Chapter 435 are setting out to raise much needed funds for the new Monash Children’s Hospital Centre This month, The Daughters of Penelope Ariadne Chapter 435 host a movie fundraiser in support of the new Monash Children's Hospital Paediatric Imaging, MRI, and Radiology Centre. There will be a special screening of Wonder Woman at the Palace Cinemas in it was what got me thinking about the types of deaths that humans have and whether there could be some control with the way that humans die. After all, there is control in every other aspect of human life, so why the persistence in leaving human deaths to chance, particularly when they are imminent and obvious. Our pets' deaths, when they are terminally ill, are not left to chance. Pets are surrounded by their family, swaddled in blankets and love for their final goodbye. Yet humans are never given this luxury. Some countries in the world have legalised euthanasia, with various stipulations. Each country differs in the way, and in the how, euthanasia can be administered. Australia is close to drafting up a proposal to legalise euthanasia, and with this there will be lots of relief for many terminally ill people who wish to control the end of their lives. I, however, wanted to explore the concept of euthanasia within the family environment when a terminally ill family member wants to be euthanised. I wrote the script to incorporate three generations of women in one family grappling with this issue. What made you choose country Victoria? It was important to keep the cast and crew on a homestead in Warrnambool for the duration of the shoot so that the feelings and the thoughts were contained within this isolated space. Many times the cast would bring their own sentiments to the performance for the topic became personal to them, as this is the one definitive and common denominator - death, that all people have. I am very proud of the result, showing audiences in the short space of thirteen minutes various answers to questions pertaining to euthanasia that can crop up when faced with this issue in a family environment. I wanted all the cast to be women, as it is mainly women who care for those who are dying. Watch the trailer for Memories of a Doll here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=IJaJfLerLmo Watch the trailer for Lifting Clouds here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ka5vJ16A3hA Brighton, which will be a fun-filled afternoon with guests encouraged to dress as a symbol of their favourite superhero. Attendees will have the chance to take their photo with Wonder Woman, along with door prizes, and a prize for the best dressed up for grabs. For those unable to attend and wishing to contribute to the worthy cause, a donation can be made online. 'Wonder Woman' will be screened on Sunday 18 June at Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton (26 Church Street, Brighton, VIC); 3.00 pm red carpet arrival for 3.30 pm screening. Tickets (inclusive of small popcorn and small soft drink/600ml water): Adult $35, Student $25. To book, visit trybooking.com/ QDHO. To donate to Monash Children's Hospital, visit mhfcreate.everydayhero. com/au/Ariadne435 GACL calls for Antipodes periodical submissions On Sunday the GACL will launch The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci at the Greek Centre The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) is calling for submissions for the 63rd issue of the literary periodical Antipodes, which will be launched in October. The anticipated issue will pay special tribute to the University of Sydney's Professor Vrasidas Karalis and will also commemorate the late writer Nikos Kazantzakis 60 years after his death. The periodical will be made up of works submitted by members including everything from poetry and short stories, to studies, essays, book reviews, and other literary works in both Greek and English. For submissions to be accepted for publication, the work must be original and not have been published or promoted in other publications. Meanwhile this Sunday 4 June, the GACL, together with Melbourne's Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture, hosts the launch of The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci, led by writer Dean Kalimniou. 'The Embroiderer' will be launched at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 3.00 pm. For enquiries, contact Cathy Alexopoulou on 0428 968 715. Submissions for 'Antipodes' should be limited as follows: poems 100 verses (lines), short stories and essays 2000 words, studies 2000 words, reviews 1000 words. Submissions must be made electronically in Word format by 23 June to email@example.com A Tribute to Women in Rebetika The House of Pan in Brighton hosts a series of performances this month featuring Mairead Hannan, Christella Demetriou, and Polyxeni Theologidis in A Tribute to Women in Rebetika. They perform songs that have become known and loved through the women who sang them. Rebetika is a musical culture almost exclusive to men as creators; a culture that grew out of migration, the hardship of war, dictatorship and unimaginable poverty. However rebetika also gave birth to the most expressive, free-thinking, vivacious and radical women in the 1930s, when they first appeared to be celebrated and to celebrate their passions. From that period up to today, rebetika is a music that has been embraced by all generations. As a music it is soulful and weaves intricate rhythms and modes that reflect thousands of years of musical history. Enjoy this music in an intimate warm atmosphere every Friday evening this month. Bookings are essential for seating. For bookings call 0407 556 704. Tickets are $15. When: Sundays 4, 11, 18, and 25 June 4.00 - 8.00 pm Where: House of Pan, Platform 1 Middle Brighton Railway Station, Church St, Brighton, VIC.
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