Los Angeles Greek Film Festival at Writers Guild Theatre
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Note: (*) indicates English subtitles
June 7, 2013 at 3pm: They Glow in the Dark (Lampoun sto Skotadi)
Greece, 2013, 69 min, US Premiere
Two HIV-positive middle-aged gay friends barely make a living in post-Katrina New Orleans by selling hand-made figures of the Cajun pantheon. Their extravagant past lives fade before their present commitment to survive together until death do them part.
*15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Fipresci Prize
Miguel Alvarez Wears a Wig*
Mexico/USA, 2012, 16 min
In the Mexican border town of Tijuana, a man is faced with having to cross to the ultimate other side: He has cancer.
*Tampere Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection
*Rio de Janeiro Int’l Short Film Festival (A New America), Official Selection
June 7, 2013 at 5pm: The Daughter (I Kori)*
Greece/Italy, 2012, 87 min, LA Premiere
When a 14-year-old girl finds out that her father has fled to avoid his debts, she kidnaps the 8-year-old son of her father’s business partner. The Greek economic crisis touches and changes forever many facets of the family’s nucleus. How will the new generation react? How is it reacting?
*2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Forum Screening
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Exit K1 (Exodos K!)
Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
An off-road journey into the world of clandestine immigrants in the suburbs of Athens, where nostalgia takes the form of decorated pigeons.
Greece, 2012, 20min, US Premiere
A young woman’s hectic day is just another expression of her mental “traffic” and mounting anxiety.
June 7, 2013 at 7:30pm: America, America
USA, 1963, 174 min
At the end of the 19th century in a small village in Turkey, when oppression against the Greek minority increases, a father, plotting his family’s escape, sends his young son to Constantinople to make money and get the family to join him. But the son’s own dream is different: America…
*1964 Academy-Award winner, Best Art Direction (B&W)
*1964 Academy-Award nominations for: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Elia Kazan
June 8, 2013 at 10am: Food for Love*
Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere
Some Greek mothers show their love by regularly preparing veritable feasts for their children, who attend university some distance away from home.
Sweden, 2013, 14 min, US Premiere
A red Porsche, a fashionable mom and a toddler. Place them all in a parking lot, apply a degree of rush and watch the story unfold, while you wish for more.
USA, 2013, 38 min, World Premiere Documentary
Documentary essay inspired by a family trip to Greece, reflecting on the end of traditional photography and the birth of the digital universe.
June 8, 2013 at 12:30pm: Little Land*
Greece, 2013, 52 min, US Premiere
A 35-year-old unemployed Athenian settles on the remote island of Ikaria. There, he discovers a society with a unique culture based on autonomy and cooperation, and blessed with peace and exceptional longevity.
*2013 Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival: WWF Award, ERT3 Broadcast Award
The Little Palace of Aoria (To Palataki ton Aorion)*
Greece, 2013, 24min, World Premiere Documentary
Over the last two decades, a ghost town in the Cretan mountains is restored and turned into a bustling village through the locals’ solidarity and self-determination.
One Town, One Team, My Team – Platanias (Mia Polis, Mia Omada, i Omada mou)*
Greece, 2013, 16 min, World Premiere Documentary
History and dreams, reality and wishes, joys and sorrows of a town and its soccer team, Platanias, in Chania, Crete.
June 8, 2013 at 3pm: Shorts Program (Golden Dawn, Dark Nights: 7 Voices)
Greece, 2012, 6 min, US premiere
A guy’s unfortunate resemblance to an infamous politician results in a farcical chase through the streets of Athens.
Greece, 2012, 19 min, US Premiere
A youth flirting with becoming a member of a fascist group, experiences a reality check.
Santa Who? (Poios Vassilis?)*
Greece, 2011, 24 min, World Premiere
On a Christmas Eve, an old barber and a little girl encounter a dangerous Santa…
Canada, 2013, 30 min, US Premiere
The leader of the Montreal chapter of the ultranationalist Golden Dawn is on the hunt, and the only obstacle in his way will turn out to be a man just like himself.
Greece, 2012, 15 min, US Premiere
Athens, August 2012. 45 degrees. It’s getting dark, but the city is still in the grip of the relentless heat – and so is a family that finds itself between a rock and a hard place.
Greece, 2012, 11 min, US Premiere
Stuck in a car, a couple seems to experience the intense end of their relationship.
Greece, 2012, 4 min, World Premiere
Aloof witnesses or protective observers, the giant Jachalays stand by humanity in a time of dissent towards something not yet understood.
June 8, 2013 at 5:45pm: Fynbos
South Africa, Greece, USA, 2012, 96 min, LA Premiere
On a lavish and remote property in South Africa, within the walls of a glass house, six lives intersect and lay bare their secrets in this twisting drama.
*2013 Berlin Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection
*2013 Slamdance Film Festival, Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography
*Durban International Film Festival
Greece, 2012, 18 min, US Premiere
A 10-year-old boy has to trick his estranged father into discovering their bond.
June 8, 2013 at 8:15pm: Boy's Eating the Bird's Food (To Agori Troei to Fagito tou Pouliou)*
Greece, 2012, 80 min, LA Premiere
A personal take on Knut Hamsun’s classic 1890 novel “Hunger to the Modern Day” follows a young man desperately trying to preserve his sense of dignity and overcome demoralizing hunger and loneliness in the streets of Athens.
*2012 Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival, Special Mention for Yannis Papadopoulos
*2012 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Association Quebecoise des Critiques de Cinéma Award
*2013 Crossing Europe Linz, Crossing Europe Award – European Competition
*2013 Hellenic Film Academy, Best Film, Best New Director, Best Actor
Greece, 2012, 28 min, US Premiere
A love story of two strangers who meet by chance, on a barren, isolated beach, and develop a brief but extreme relationship driven by lust, fear and anger.
*65th Locarno International Film Festival, Official Selection
June 9, 2013 at 11:00 am: A.C.A.B. (All Cats Are Brilliant) – (Sygharitiria stous Aisiodoxous)*
Greece, 2012, 83 min, US Premiere
A young woman living in Athens tries to find herself amidst the demands of her boyfriend, who has a radical political agenda, and her parents, whose only hope is that their daughter begins a career. In the meantime, a tender relationship develops between her and an eight-year-old friend.
Australia, 2012, 17 min, World Premiere
He steals, he sells, he scores. Day in, day out. But today is a special day.
June 9 at 1pm: One Step Ahead (Ena Vima Brosta)*
Greece, 2012, 126 min, US Premiere
Yiannis Boutaris, a successful winemaker and the maverick mayoral candidate for Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, faces his enemies within and without with equal courage and uncompromising honesty.
*2012 IDFA, Official Selection
Greece, 2011, 5 min, US Premiere
Life happens within the four walls of a tiny bathroom.
June 9 at 5pm: Mitsigan – Hardships & Beauties (Mitsigan – Omorfies & Dyskolies)*
Greece/France, 2013, 60 min, US Premiere
Closing Night Presentation
Presented by Earth Friendly Products
When Mitsos Tsiganos, nicknamed “Mitsigan”, a modern-day Greek cowboy and owner of “Hardships & Beauties” vegetable farm, is struck by both professional and personal crisis, he decides to go on a short road trip in search of signs of hope.
Preceded by: Out of Frame (Titloi Telous)
Greece, 2012, 10 min, US Premiere
In Greece, billboard advertisement has been outlawed. There are hundreds of blank billboards going to waste. But the empty frames are now the message. And we are out of frame.
*69th Venice Film Festival (2012), European Film Award