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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 December 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2018 17 FILM & MUSIC Gavras awarded Lifetime Honour by European Film Academy Greek producers Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas received the Eurimages Co-Production Áward reek-French film director Costa Gavras was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the European Film Academy (EFA) at the 31st European Film Awards held in Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza last Saturday. EFA's prestigious Honorary Award was presented to Gavras by German filmmaker Wim Wenders who praised the recipient saying that "his actions and his life are an inspiration" with his films driving a desire to change the world. "It's a big emotion and a big honour. I want to thank Wim and the Academy because they give an example on what Europe should be," Gavras said during his speech, dedicating the award to his wife. "Europe is in a bad state today. But being here tonight, we realise that we can all be together, coming from different countries, different cultural backgrounds and with different films, while accepting one another. And this is how we should be moving forward." G The Academy's statement paid special tribute to the director for his strong political voice, earning him the respect of his colleagues and establishing him as an artist celebrated by audiences worldwide. Gavras is only the fifth filmmaker to receive the lifetime achievement award. Born in the province of Arcadia, Greece, in 1993, Gavras migrated to France at the age of 21 where he studied literature and film and became a citizen two years later. In 1965, he made his directorial debut with the film The Sleeping Car Murderers starring Simone Signoret and Yves Montand. But Gavra's breakthrough came with his third film, the acclaimed political thriller Z released in 1969, which received five Oscar nominations and won two - Best Film Editing and Best Foreign Language Film. Portraying the story of an anonymous country's political struggle against an oppressive regime, the plot was a direct reference to Greece's military junta at the time. Gavras is credited for helping establish the genre of popular political thriller, with his work known for covering the world's most acute crises, from dictatorships in South America and the Middle East conflict to the turbulence of financial markets and the plight of refugees. His upcoming film will be based on Yianis Varoufakis' book "Adults in the Room", in which Greece's former finance minister details his encounters with the EU elite, in his efforts to negotiate the bailout programme imposed by the country's lenders. Meanhile, during the EFA's Costa Gavras poses with the Lifetime Achievement award he received by the European Film Academy at the 31st European Film Awards on Saturday 15 December in Seville, Spain. PHOTO: SEBASTIAN GABSCH/FUTURE IMAGE/WENN.COM award ceremony, founders of Athens-based film production company Heretic, Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas, received the Eurimages Co-Production Αward. Established under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the award aims to encourage international coproduction in film-making. It is the first time the award has been won by a Greek production company. The surge of the underground The Melbourne Rebetiko Festival is back again in 2019 with international musicians from Greece and Japan and the best rebetiko musicians from Australia R ebetiko first spread among the urban working-class populations in Smyrna (Izmir) and Constantinople (Istanbul) around the turn of the 20th Century. Greek Blues, as rebetika are often referred to, was once the voice of the dispossessed and the outsiders, who formed a new underground in the ports of Thessaloniki and Piraeus in the 1920s. Ports crowded by millions Greek refugees that were expelled from Asia Minor, Turkey, their traditional home, between 1913 and 1921. These musicians were not western, or eastern, they were individuals. These musicians were not connected to western bourgeoisie sensitivities or conservative orthodox notions of a new Greece of the 1920s. Rebetes were outsiders, culturally, and socially. Many had nasty habits, like heroin and hash, generally they were musical outlaws. They did not align themselves with then new western bourgeoisie or stifling nationalistic ideologies of a new Greece. They were individuals, artists, bohemians and street poets. The rebetes created a musical explosion from the collision of Byzantine, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Sephardic and Jazz idioms. They sang of love, drugs, police harassment, and diverse lifestyles. Hellenes and their Diaspora have cemented Rebetiko as a global musical art form over the last seventy years. One can hear authentic and contemporary rebetiko in New York, in Athens, Melbourne or Toronto. Rebetiko now pays homage to its past yet reflects a modern Greece with new diverse musical influences. The Melbourne Rebetiko Festival in 2019 will present two international acts and some of Australia's best artists. Rebetien, from Greece, is a group of four musicians who blend an old-school gramophone sound, with Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Balkan styles. From Japan, Atsushi Tookaya, a commanding bouzouki player will play with Irene Vela from the Habibis, Mairead Hannan of the Xylouris Ensemble and Paddy Montgomery. Tookaya began his career in rock music as a member of a Japanese garage band. He became fascinated with world music and jazz and picked up the oud, saz and bouzouki. His love of the rebellious nature of rock and sounds of the East made rebetiko his natural musical narrative. He learned bouzouki from Greeks and has spent the past twenty years researching and playing rebetika becoming Japan's foremost exponent of Rebetika. A full line up will be announced in the New Year. For bookings go to: https://bit.ly/2UKHNb8 Saturday 23 March 2019 from 3pm Melbourne Recital Centre 3pm - 10pm TICKETS Standard $69 ($55 Concession) Groups 10+ Standard $58.65 Melbourne Rebetiko Festival is supported by Melbourne Recital Centre, Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Greek Festival of Sydney, Victorian Multicultural Commission & Neos Kosmos & Kape Communications. Japanese bouzouki player Atsushi Tookaya.
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