Greece

Argyris Papadimitropoulos & Jan Vogel – Wasted Youth (2011)

Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A sixteen-year-old skater and his friends are amusing themselves in the big city. A middle-aged man struggles to take care of his family, through work that he hates and mounting stress. Their lives intersect in this contemporary portrait of the city of Athens and a society in crisis.
The film deliberately avoids factual accuracy, instead telling a fictional story. Wasted Youth is above all a film about the city of Athens, which is teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Read More »

Jules Dassin – Kravgi gynaikon aka A Dream of Passion (1978)

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The husband and wife team of director Jules Dassin and actress Melina Mercouri, who first enjoyed international success with the comedy Never on Sunday, collaborated for the last time on this powerful drama. Maya (Melina Mercouri) is a famous actress who is returning to the stage for a production of the classic Greek tragedy Medea, in which she will play the title character, a mother who murders her children. Kostas (Andreas Voutsinas), Maya’s former lover, will be directing Maya in the production, and when he discovers that Brenda (Ellen Burstyn), an American woman, is housed in a nearby Greek prison for killing her offspring, he suggests that Maya should meet Brenda as a means of better understanding her character. Read More »

Dimos Avdeliodis – I earini synaxis ton agrofylakon AKA The four seasons of the law (1999)

Plot
Chios Island, 1960. Due to the sudden death of the field guard at the village of Tholopotami, the Community Council urgently asks for a replacement from the area’s Agronomist. All the remaining, available field guards refuse to work at that village because of its bad reputation and because of the fact that their co-worker passed away while on duty. But when the Community Council raise up the issue again, offering this time a higher salary to the one who will accept the position, 4 candidates turn up… Read More »

Dinos Dimopoulos – O anthropos tou trainou AKA The man on the train (1958)

Synopsis:
A respectably bourgeois couple, Mando and her husband, decide to go by car to Nauplion, along with a group of friends. At a train crossing, Mando sees someone she knows in one of the windows of the passing train. She becomes very upset, on the verge of fainting, but manages to control herself. A little later, she sees the same man at the ancient theater of Epidaurus during a performance of Medea. And, as if that weren’t enough, the man is staying at their hotel. He looks exactly like Giorgos Pavlidis, the love of her life, a man whom everybody thought was killed by the Germans, but who, from what it seems, is alive. Read More »

Michael Cacoyannis – The Trojan Women (1971)

For this ambitious screen version of one the most powerful works of classic Greek theater, director Michael Cacoyannnis (ZORBA THE GREEK, THE CHERRY ORCHARD) unleashes the talents of four of the screen’s most exciting actresses(NY DAILY NEWS). Four time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn (THE LION IN WINTER, A DELICATE BALANCE), Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave (JULIA), Oscar nominee Genevieve Bujold (ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS) and Greek screen legend Irene Papas (ANTIGONE, Z) seamlessly mesh into an unprecedented ensemble cast that one could never hope to see on stage (Pauline Kael, NEW YORKER). Read More »

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

A daughter discovers her wealthy family is actually on the verge of bankruptcy and decides to charm a millionaire for his money in marriage. Soon she is torn between living a lie and keeping up appearances. Read More »

Stergios Paschos – Afterlov (2016)

It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos, a 30-year-old broke musician, is taking care of a luxurious villa in the suburbs that belongs to a friend of his. Between poolside cocktails and fooling around with the dog that he is meant to take care of, Nikos has a plan. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and he invites her over for the weekend. Sofia delightfully accepts not knowing, of course, that Nikos’ plans are not as innocent as they seem. Nikos locks himself up in the house with Sofia and refuses to let her leave until she provides some rationale for the break-up, turning their alleged carefree holiday into a mess of games, fights, laughs and introspection. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? Afterlov is a funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up. Read More »