Best of NYC Greek Film Festival brings the best current Greek films to Atlanta next weekend at Emory University’s White Hall! The festival will have seven features including two documentaries and one group of shorts, all shown in English or with English subtitles.
Lovestruck (“Apo Erota”)
Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
Synopsis: A love story with unpredictable twists and turns between perception and reality, love and its complications and the faults of human nature; Love struck is a romantic tale with a twist.
Director: Thodoris Atheridis
Awards: ‘Audience Award’ of OTE TV at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2015
Running Time: 1 Hour 44 minutes
Kisses to the Children
Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm
Synopsis: In this enthralling documentary, five Greek-Jewish children, who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, five “hidden children” who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers. Secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust. Five children were forced to mature abruptly. Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of thousands of children, those who were never given the time to grow up.
Director: Vassilis Loules
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes
At Home (“Sto Spiti”)
Saturday, November 7, 5:30pm
Synopsis: For many years, Nadja has worked as a housekeeper for an upper class Greek couple. When she’s diagnosed with a serious illness, and the man of the house runs into financial difficulties due to the economic crisis, Nadja loses her job.
Director: Athanasios Karanikolas
Awards: Maria Callimani, Best Actress, 2015, Hellenic Film Academy
Running Time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Saturday, November 7, 8:00pm
Synopsis: After the death of their mother, Dany, 16, leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father and force him to officially recognize them.
Director: Panos Koutras
Awards: ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Screenplay,’ ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role,’ ‘Best Editing,’ and ‘Best Costume Design’ at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2015/
Running Time: 2 hours 14 minutes
For Mature Audiences
A Family Affair
Sunday, November 8, 1:30pm
Synopsis: The film follows the Xylouris family, Greece’s most famous musical clan, for a period of two years as it travels from Crete to Melbourne and back, on a gruelling concert tour and an attempt to deal with the spiralling difficulties of the musical profession.
Awards: ‘Best Documentary’ at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2015
Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
Sunday, November 8, 6:00pm
Synopsis: Committed is the first feature film written and directed by Stelana Kliris. The story follows a man who has just proposed to his girlfriend and who takes off, pressured and terrified by the idea of marriage, taking his problems on the road. It is then that he crosses paths with a runaway bride, who has just escaped her own wedding.
Director/Writer/Producer: Stelana Kliris
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stories of Love and Life
Sunday, November 8, 3:30pm
- BUTTERFLY – A little boy’s return to school following the death of his mother
- CURE – The new head of Public Service terrorizes employees and establishes new strict “rules” of operating, in order to “cure” the current dysfunctional system. On her first day, a series of “tragicomic” events take place and chaos ensues, creating an adventure full of twists and turns. A hilarious satire on Greek civil servants.
- FOREVER YOUNG – The first time hurts. So does the last one. A wonderful story about a young man’s visit to a brothel.
- IRENE & MARIE – Olympia Dukakis and Rose Gregorio play Greek-American women in their 70s who create stories to avoid the realities of growing older.