Greece

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Athina, epistrofi stin Akropoli AKA Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983)

Synopsis
Angelopoulos was born and grew up in Athens. The Athens that starts from the Acropolis and extends to the small Byzantine churches of the old quarter, the remains of the neo-classical homes, the quiet squares, the apartment buildings, the narrow streets, the vehicles, the pedestrians. It is not a city but the stage on which a drama is being played out, as, of course, is the rest of Greece in the films of Angelopoulos. More specifically, a tragedy made up of treasured memories, stories and personal experience. The poetry of George Seferis, a favourite of the director, supplies the words while the paintings of Tsarouchis provide the images. Read More »

Mihalis Kakogiannis – Kyriakatiko xypnima AKA Windfall in Athens (1956)

Synopsis:
‘On a lazy Athenian morning of a warm summer Sunday, Mina, a young and fresh saleswoman, decides to go for a splash, only to have her chronically empty purse stolen–and with it–a soon-to-be winning lottery ticket. And just like that, fate–and a pair of juvenile delinquents looking for a quick buck–will bring together the unfortunate Mina and the ticket’s handsome new owner, Alexis, against the backdrop of irritating and fruitless litigation. Of course, Mina wants her robbed luck back; however, what if fortune and the impatient god of desire, Cupid, are already on her doorstep?’
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Mihalis Kakogiannis – To koritsi me ta mavra AKA A Girl in Black (1956)

Synopsis:
‘Marina’s sister drowned herself, her brother is both headstrong and weak, and her widowed mother has a reputation for sleeping around. Plus, Marina, who’s family was rich before the war, is aloof: so she’s the object of the jealousy and scorn of Hydra’s young men, especially Christos, whom she rejected. She fears harassment whenever she leaves her house. When two Athenians on vacation board at Marina’s family home, things come to a head: she falls in love with Pavlos, one of the visitors, and he with her. The young men in town stalk and jeer her; then play a cruel trick on Pavlos that goes awry with tragic results. Can any good come from the catharsis of tragedy?’
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Olga Malea – Loukoumades me meli aka Honey and the Pig (2005)

In this surreal comedy, a child molester is hunted down by a former victim, a pretty hearse-driver and a pet piglet.
A young man pursues his molester but events quickly get out of control. Pots of honey, a sweet-toothed piglet, a perverted uncle, a sexy hearse-driver, a wandering dietician and hundreds of villagers mingle in an outrageously original comedy.
Olga Malea, Greece’s well-known filmmaker and a professional psychologist, tackles the issue of child sexual abuse through a surreal sense of humor and a Balkan landscape Read More »

Tasos Psarras – Karavan Sarai (1986)

Plot:
Shortly before the end of the Civil War, in 1948, the villages along the border are evacuated to facilitate the National Army’s movements as well as to hamper those of the rebels. A forty-year-old villager, Margaritis (Thymios Karakatsanis), is forced, as are many others, to abandon his home and head for Thessaloniki with his two children. He settles into one of the city buildings, the Caravanserai, which has been designated for just this purpose. Here the refugees live under appalling conditions and resort to unnatural, dishonest behavior and cunning deeds. Margaritis tries not to get involved in all the unspeakable atrocities unfolding before him, at quite some psychological cost. Read More »

Yorgos Lanthimos – Alpeis AKA Alps (2011) (HD)

Quote:
Life is a baffling but also intriguing imitation of itself in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to well-received arthouse hit Dogtooth. Scarcely less bizarre than that droll excursus about a family that lives, loves and even speaks at one surreal remove from the rest of the world, Alps denies us such traditional cinematic handholds as rounded characters with backstories; a plot with an identifiable moral arc; neatly tied narrative ends; an easy-to-read ‘message’. Yet the film only very occasionally feels like a piece of self-indulgent arthouse mystification: most of the time, this story of a team of melancholy, oddball characters who help (or profit from) the bereaved by standing in for departed loved ones holds us emotionally and intellectually – and ends by saying something profound about a world in which ‘reality’ is just another TV format… Read More »

Vasilis Georgiadis – Koritsia ston ilio AKA Girls in the Sun (1968)

A shepherd falls in love with an English tourist in Greece (imdb) Read More »