Despite the financial crisis, Greek film industry has produced great films, with Alps, by Giorgos Lanthimos, an inventive, deadpan story about loss and grief, winning the top award at this year’s Greek Film Festival in Syndey over strong competition.
The Australian newspaper, The Age, said that Greek films were doing well, despite the difficulties filmmakers have during the country’s crushing economic crisis.The premiere of the Sydney Festival was a success, attracting thousands of Greek film fans and admirers. The 2012 program presents one of the strongest selections of contemporary Greek cinema the festival has seen in recent years.
Other films included Boy Eating The Bird’s Food, by Ektoras Lygizos, Burning Heads, by Giorgos Siougas, The City of Children, by Giorgos Gikapeppas, Wasted Youth, by Argiris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, and Man at Sea, by Konstantinos Giannaris, echoing strong reviews from other countries. Melbourne and Sydney festivals will last until Nov. 4 while those in Adelaide and Brisbane run from Nov. 1-4.