Films From Greece

1922 was made by Nikos Kondouros and, after screening at the 1978 Thessaloniki Festival, it was banned. It has now been released following the change of government in Greece. ... 1922 is the most emotive date in modern Greek history. In August of that year a triumphant Turkish army, led by Ataturk, entered the city of Smyrna to consolidate their territorial claims on the Ionian coast. The campaign... Read more
A lone worker navigates the alien terrain, a terrain building up daily from an unconscionable number of discarded life jackets. Directed by Yorgos Zois (Casus Belli, MIFF 2011). ... Official Selection at Venice Biennale 2017. ... Read more
He is a young man, about 20, who lives with his widowed mother in one of the innumerable nondescript apartments lost in the great concrete jungle which Athens has become. He wants to study astronomy at the University, and spends most of his time scrutinizing the stars and the surrounding world through an old telescope which his grandfather had used long ago to look for mermaids in the Aegean Sea. ... Read more
A Girl in Black is the third and most considerable film of Michael Cacoyannis, the young Greek director. It is a fresh honest film with an ambitiously simple theme, the central situation of which is developed with perception and a simple intensity. ... A Girl in Black was shot entirely on location and Walter Lassally's camera brings the island scene alive and the director achieves his sense of loc... Read more
A Matter of Dignity tells of a bourgeois family on the verge of bankruptcy, pinning all their hopes on their daughter's catching a rich husband. ... The Pellas mansion is gripped in an atmosphere of falsehood and hysteria, set by Cleon's wife. Roxane. whose efforts to keep up a facade of social activity plunge the household deeper and deeper into debt. When the bank serves final notice, the catast... Read more
A lucid exposition of the history of the various temples on the rock of the Acropolis of Athens, with close examination of architectural details. ... Read more
After nuclear destruction all appears lost... but a new species of man emerges. Adam is technically accomplished, having been made up of over 15,000 individual drawings on plain paper. ... Zooms and dissolves were achieved through drawings in the tradition of primitive animation. ... Read more
Theo Angelopoulos' new film comes to us laden with international awards and honors. Its first screening at the 1980 Venice Festival threw almost the entire remaining offerings into sharp relief. Its sheer size and length demanded attention and as a film it proved riveting and engrossing. ... John Francis Lane wrote about it in the Rome International Daily News as follows: ... "The art of the film,... Read more
“A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism.” - Cinema Scope ... A mysterious underground club known as Alps offers a most unusual service: to stand in for your dearly departed, taking on their mannerisms and wearing their clothes, until you have overcome your loss. Members of the club will live in the deceased person's home and recite their typical speech by rote. The ... Read more
Angel is a young homosexual living discreetly in an unfriendly and destitute social milieu with his family in a squalid Athens' suburb. He meets and falls in love with Michae,l a marine and experienced "professional" who invites Angel to live with him and have an affair. Angel has nothing to lose by deserting the family home - an alcoholic father, a helplessly ill sister and an hysterical mother w... Read more
Sex, death and nature documentaries. ... Marina, a 23-year-old sexual innocent and general misanthrope, is both intrigued and repelled by the idea of physical intimacy. While helping her philosophical father prepare for his imminent death, she finds herself awkwardly beginning her first sexual relationship. ... Deriving its name from a deliberate mispronunciation of Sir David Attenborough's surnam... Read more
An experimental animated film on the idea of blood symbolising human passion. ... Read more
"Tsangari's surrealist-inspired haute couture-clad fantasy The Capsule - about a dominatrix and her female disciples - impresse[s] with the confidence of its vision." - Sight & Sound ... Commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou, Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, MIFF 2010) created this film and accompanying projection installation as a "capsule" for the DesteFashionCollection 2012. Both projec... Read more
A continuous tracking shot reveals the dynamics of people waiting in seven different types of queues, providing a wry commentary on social divisions. ... D/S Yorgos Zois P Maria Drandaki WS Pan Entertainment SA L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
"An inspired, gorgeously photographed work of deadpan lunacy that asserts itself as a spit-take on masculine rivalries." – The Village Voice ... Greek new wave star Athina Rachel Tsangari (The Capsule, MIFF 2012; Attenberg, MIFF 2011) returns to the festival with her most accomplished work to date, a bizarre and formally adventurous study of male antagonism set aboard a luxury yacht. ... Marooned ... Read more
"An intelligently rendered, gripping drama reflecting the wider issues of Greece's current financial crisis ... thoroughly enjoyable. **** " – CineVue ... When her father disappears in the midst of Greece's financial meltdown, 14-year-old Myrto finds herself cast adrift in a riot-stricken Athens that she no longer recognises. Laying the blame for his absence on her father's business partner, Myrto... Read more
“Three indefinitely grounded siblings are stuck in an alternative universe dictated by their parents' cruel whimsies - think an eternal Big Brother house as designed by Lars von Trier.” - Variety ... A desperate (or desperately mad) father tries to protect his three grown children from becoming contaminated by the outside world by confining them to a surreal domestic fantasy land. ... With a tall ... Read more
In the last, almost empty, night subway an exhibitionist is looking for a; suitable opportunity to satisfy his passion and he finds it in a compartment with three lone women. One of these women, a beautiful young girl, will be the one who will excite him and arouse his passion, as i she lets her eyes wander without constraint over his nakedness, until... ... Read more
Near the ruins of classical Greece, live the people of Greece of this age, who are creating new traditions and a life characteristically their own. This is the subject of Angelos Lambrou's film. The producer's love of his country is manifest throughout; Rose Macaulay's script is brought to life splendidly with the aid of the excellent photography, and a brilliant musical score. ... Read more
Greek director, Pantelis Voulgaris, who made The Engagement of Anna in 1972, was afterwards imprisoned by the military junta on the island of Makronissos. During the Civil War following the Second World War, the island was used as a prison camp, holding eighty thousand Greeks. Nearly all of them were accused of political crimes, and common criminals were engaged by the military as guards and tortu... Read more
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