Sunday, April 21 – 6 pm
Bonus (Greek title: Efapax)
A film by Nikos Zapatinas, 2001, 90 min.
To stop his wife and mother-in-law from getting their hands on his retirement bonus, Pantelis takes off for the good life and establishes himself in every trendy scene in Greece. As he transforms into a hip 45 year-old he is pursued not only by his ex-wife and mother-in-law, but by another woman, who claims that, despite her sexual experience, she has known true love only with him.
Sunday, April 21 – 8 pm
The Four Seasons of the Law (Greek title: I earini sinaxis ton agrofilakon)
A film by Dimmos Avdeliodis, 1999, 178 min.
The island of Chios, 1960. Four field guards are sequentially appointed and dismissed from an unwanted post in a supposedly cursed rural province. They arrive and depart with the turn of the seasons, coming to know, and usually fear, the idiosyncratic locals in this gorgeous portrait of Greek country life that glows with humor and drama.
Monday, April 22 – 6 pm
Ephemeral Town (Greek title: Ephimeri poli)
The story of a Journey. A film by Giorgos Zafiris, 2000, 89 min.
Ephemeral Town is a deft examination of the changing rhythms of life on a Greek island that is imbued both with myth and the immediate concerns of a changing world. This deeply human story follows the emotional odyssey of a man in search of the home of his deceased mother. Lost among unfamiliar landscapes and peoples, he finds that somewhere between expectation and reality, between fantasy and truth, lies his true home.
Monday, April 22 – 8 pm
The Only Journey of his Life (Greek title: To monon tis zois tou taxidion)
A film by Lakis Papastathis, 2001, 87 min.
As Georgios Vizneyos, one of Greece’s greatest authors, degenerates in an Athens mental asylum, the tale of another story-teller, his grandfather, begins to emerge through his mad ramblings. This lavish film recreates (through his own words) the writer’s childhood life, rich with fantasy and legend. Apprenticed to a tailor, young Georgios’ mind is filled with his grandfather fairy tales. He ponders the hill from which one can climb into the sky and waits each day for the chance to bring clothes to the princess and win her heart through song. But, just as reality begins to germinate doubt in his mind, Georgios is called home to his ailing grandfather, who will reveal one final, true story that may prove to be the most fantastic of all.
Tuesday, April 23 – 8 pm
Brazilero (Greek title: Brazilero)
A film by Sotiris Goritsas, 2001, 95 min.
A delightful original search for the difference between those mistakes we must account for and those that we deserve to get away with. The burning question in this tragicomic adventure concerns the fate of a government endowment sent for the construction of a cultural center in a rural Greek town. The answer everyone wants involves, but is not limited to an archeological dig, a crumbling marriage and the ill-advised purchase of a brazilian soccer player. The characters involved tumble through cascading layers of deception and finally learn that when you hit rock bottom, the only person you owe an explanation to is yourself.
Wednesday, April 24 – 6 pm
A film by Nikos Panayotopoulos, 2001, 105 min.
An erotic and sumptuous love story (of sorts) that takes place across a summer on the island of Mykonos. A newlywed couple is invited to stay with a wealthy and divisive business mogul. The setting is lush, and the other guests are radiant and eccentric, but beneath these perfect appearances lies a hotbed of greed, deceit, temptation and betrayal. The characters are increasingly seduced by a chain of destruction and contempt, while an alcoholic American filmmaker looks on with a bemused detachment that conceals a secret of his own.
Wednesday, April 24 – 8 pm
Under the Stars (Greek title: Kato apo t’ astra)
A film by Christos Georgiou, 2001, 87 min.
Gripping and prize-winning drama against the backdrop of the forgotten conflict on Cyprus, where UN soldiers guard the demarcation line between Greek and Turkish territories, Lukas witnessed the violence preceeding partition and can’t seem to get his head out of the past. Phoebe is firmly rooted in the present, and makes a living smuggling goods across the Green Line demarcation for a considerable sum of money, Phoebe agrees to smuggle Lukas to the Turkish side, so he can visit the village where he grew up. As the two squabble and quarrel Phoebe skillfully talks their way through border posts and checkpoints. When they reach their destination, the deserted village comes magically to life. Among the spirits of their lost relatives, Lukas and Phoebe find a way to cope with the future.
Thursday, April 25 – 6 pm
Athens Blues (Greek title: Mia Mera ti Nychta)
A film by George Panoussopoulos, 2000, 110 min.
Set to the work of musical powerhouse Markos Vamvakaris Athens Blues is an involving examination of place and identity. Young Thomas runs away to explore the nighttime streets of Athens. His course weaves through the lives of nine of the city’s inhabitants, connected through parallel incidents. He finds that these people and the city they live in become very different after the sun sets. Each seeks a new persona during the hours of darkness, and each finds that in the morning that they are left with only themselves. Across the course of a single summer night the city becomes a magical realm when seen through the eyes of a child.
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