Yannis Sakaridis – Wild Duck (2013)

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Synopsis
A bankrupt telecoms engineer, employed by his ex-boss to investigate a phone-hacking operation, gets trapped into paying off either his economic or his moral debts.

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“Wild Duck” is the story of Dimitris, a telecommunications engineer who’s forced to shutter his business after running up a considerable debt with a local loan shark. He and his buddy Nikos, another telecommunications expert working for a big outfit, decide to get to the bottom of a big scandal. Their research leads them to a certain apartment, whose tenant Panagiota becomes the focus of their attention. Dimitris is now facing some major dilemmas and a trip to his hometown will help him clear his head and look at himself under a different light. Continue reading

Filippos Koutsaftis – Arkadia Haire (2015)

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Synopsis
The director brings the viewer on a journey to a place that is haunted, in present day, by the myth of a mysterious inscription. The viewer can see the film maker depict fractional images of a divinely inspired Nature, interweave mythological and historical accounts, as well as glean fragments to record the identity of a place that confronts and is confronted with the great philosophical questions of life. Koutsaftis not only is the director but is also the writer and the photography director of the film. Continue reading

Nikos Koundouros – Magiki polis AKA The Magic City (1954)

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Early 50s. Young director Nikos Koundouros debuts with Magic City. He is a 28 year old art school graduate that has already spent time imprisoned for political reasons in the infamous “Correctional Facility for Political Dissidents” on the island of Makronisos. The script is by Margarita Limberaki, a modernist playwright living in Paris [she will also write the script for Z. Dussen’s Phaedra (1961)].

The film takes place in Dourgouti (Δουργούτι), an impoverished area next to the centre of Athens, where slum-like immigrant housing was built during the 30s. Open sewers, laundry hanging from house to house, children playing, streets without asphalt; This outcast urban setting and the world that inhabits it has interesting parallels to Evdokia (Damianos, 1970). The area is introduced by a commentator who will never reappear in the film. His short appearance sets the scene of the drama, as in a Tragedy. Continue reading

Kostas Manoussakis – O fovos AKA The fear (1966)

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Plot:
A socially isolated young man (Anestis Vlachos) attacks the family’s deaf-mute adopted daughter, whom he abuses sexually and then kills. His parents, even though they discover his crime and are enraged, decide to hide the truth and throw the body into the lake to make it disappear. From that moment on, Anestis lives in fear, and all his actions are now defined by the crime he committed. Continue reading

Athina Rachel Tsangari – Chevalier (2015)

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Manhood-measuring contests — in every imaginable sense of the phrase — are taken to brazenly literal extremes in “Chevalier,” the long-awaited third feature from Greek multi-tasker Athina Rachel Tsangari. Markedly different in focus and emotional temperature from her 2010 breakthrough, “Attenberg,” this committedly deadpan comedy of manners, morals and men behaving weirdly boasts a contained conceit seemingly ripe for unfettered absurdism: On a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea, six male acquaintances embark on a rigorous series of personal and physical challenges, mercilessly grading each other to determine who is “the Best in General.” That Tsangari resists escalating the conflict, counting on subtle political insinuations to emerge as these perplexing social Olympics wear on, will leave as many viewers enervated as amused, but it’s an expertly executed tease. Continue reading

Vasilis Georgiadis – Ta kokkina fanaria AKA The Red Lanterns (1963)

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… It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival….

The residents of a poor neighbourhood in Piraeus are asked to leave as modernization will take place. The prostitutes of one of the many brothels are preparing to move on. The camera follows their individual stories, their misery, shattered dreams and hopes for a better future. Continue reading