Greece

Nikos Panayotopoulos – Ta hromata tis iridos AKA The Color of Iris AKA The Colors of the Rainbow (1974)

A mysterious disappearance takes place during the shooting of a commercial on the beach in the early morning hours. An unknown man suddenly comes into the shot, then walks into the sea holding an umbrella and seizes to exist, before the bewildered eyes of the whole crew. After the police are notified, a confusing array of red tape manoeuvers begins, revealing the close affiliations of the Authorities with the advertising company manager and the whole mechanism of Mass Media, all of which are trying not to investigate the event but to conceal or even exploit it in their own interest. Only the musician involved in that commercial is trying to figure out what really happened. Read More »

Mihalis Kakogiannis – To teleftaio psemma AKA A Matter of Dignity (1958)

Synopsis:
‘Up against the ugly monster of destitution, the members of a once-affluent Athenian family of the haute-bourgeoisie, suddenly, find themselves on the brink of bankruptcy, forced to live on borrowed money. However, as the formerly successful industrialist patriarch swallows his pride to reach out to his connections, on the other hand, his desperate wife, Roxani, pins her hopes on marrying their pampered and fresh daughter, Chloe, off to an opulent Greek-American. Under those circumstances, the proud but penniless clan must keep up appearances to stay afloat; nevertheless, just how far are the mother and her child prepared to go to survive? One final lie separates Chloe from a bright future. Is there any dignity left in her?’
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Theodoros Angelopoulos – Trilogia II: I skoni tou hronou AKA The Dust of Time (2008)

Quote:
A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. The dust of time confuses memories. A searches for them and experiences them in the present. (Written by Theo Angelopoulos) Read More »

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 »