Greece

Sokrates Kapsaskis & Doris Wishman – O Zestos minas Avgoustos AKA The Hot Month of August (1966)

A chance encounter with an international playboy and a clandestine affair with a cryptic married woman entangle an unsuspecting young man in a well-planned conspiracy. Has anyone emerged unscathed from the unbreakable shackles of passion? (IMDB) Read More »

Dimitris Gaziadis – Astero (1929)

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The story is set in a leafy village of Peloponnese, on the fabled hillsides of mount Helmos, around places that inspired a German poet to write: “Everything changed in Greece / Time changed everything / Not only did it change/ flock and shepherd.” Here lies the property of Kyr-Mitros, a rich peasant who lives with his son, Thymios, and his adopted daughter, Astero. The two kids grow up together, supporting each other and becoming good friends. Overtime, their friendship evolves into something deeper and more intimate. However, their dreams and wishes come to an end by tough Kyr-Mitros’ master-plan. When Stamos, a prosperous herder, comes to town, he falls in love with Astero and takes her with him. Will there be a twist of fate? Driven by guilt and watching his son withering, Kyr-Mitros reveals an important secret… This pastoral romance mesmerized audiences of the time. The screenplay is based on a literary piece by Pavlos Nirvanas, published under the title Ramona. Read More »

Babis Makridis – Birds (or how to be one) (2020)

Cineuropa wrote:

Following on from L [+] (2012) and Pity [+] (2018), Babis Makridis is returning to the International Rotterdam Film Festival, within the Voices line-up, with Birds (Or How To Be One), a film based on Aristofane’s Greek comedy The Birds, exploring the desire for and fear of freedom. The story tells the tale of two men who distance themselves from the rest of humanity in order to find the man-bird Upupa and build a city where birds can live in harmony, far away from humankind. Makridis takes this premise as his starting point to develop a work of an experimental form, bringing together the casting process, rehearsals for a theatre production of the comedy in question (directed by Nikos Karathanos) and interviews bordering on the absurd.
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Dimitris Panayiotatos – I nyhta me ti Silena AKA The Night with Silena (1986)

Christos is secretly in love with a girl who lives in the opposite appartment. He follows her night and day even though they’ve never met. One night, he sees her at a party making love with a young man. The scene, the images, are carved in his memory. A few years later, Christos meets outside of a bar a mysterious woman, called Silena. Her resemblance to the girl of his youth is astonishing. Christos invites Silena to his house to spend one night with her. One night that will change his life forever. Read More »

Penny Panayotopoulou – Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou AKA Hard Goodbyes: My Father (2002)

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A little boy, 10 years old, refuses to accept the death of his father who was killed in a car accident. He continues to claim that his father is away on a business trip and awaits for his return. Until, watching the 1969 lunar landing on TV, when his father isn’t there to watch it with him, he finally accepts reality. Read More »

Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis – II (2014)

An old groom walks in the open horizon towards a bride waiting for him. They meet but the distance between them starts to grow once again. Read More »

Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis – Astrometal (2017)

Two boys and a girl prepare for nightclubbing in the heart of Athens. Arriving, they face a deserted club, where music plays blaring but there is no one to listen. There, one by one falls asleep as they surrender themselves in a collective dream. Read More »