Sydney’s Greek Film Festival Announces Full Program

The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival Announced its 2018 Program, so take a look and save the dates!

The Australian premiere of The Last Note, a drama by award-winning Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris, will kick off the Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival in Sydney on October 9.

From the acclaimed Australian indie drama West of Sunshine, to TV royalty in Jamaica, international award-winner Smuggling Hendrix and a retrospective full of laughs, The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival (GFF) will again showcase the unique perspectives and talents of modern Greek storytellers.

With 16 films including new offerings and old favorites, the Festival will screen 9 to 21 October 2018 at Leichhardt’s Palace Norton Street Cinema and Palace Central Sydney, with tickets on sale today here.

“We’re so pleased to celebrate 25 years of incredible Greek cinema,” says Festival Chair, Nia Karteris.

“The talent in Greece is so rich and vibrant, and that’s really reflected in the quality of films we have in the program. There’s something in here for everyone—from the goofy, the dark, and the heart-wrenching.”

Opening and Closing Night

From the award-winning Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris, the heart-rending drama The Last Note will open the Festival. Co-written by Voulgaris’ wife and acclaimed novelist Ioanna Karystiani, the film recounts the lead-up to the mass execution of 200 Greek war prisoners in Chaidari concentration camp in retaliation to the ambush of four Nazi officers.

Closing the Festival is Jamaica, the crowd-pleasing and touching directorial debut from TV director, Andreas Morfonios. Greek TV superstars Spiros Papadopoulos and Fanis Mouratidis star in the bittersweet comedy about two estranged brothers who are forced to reunite after a family tragedy.

Features

· Happy Birthday (2017) – Inspired by the Athenian street demonstrations of 2008 captured in his documentary, Children of the Riots (GFF 2012), writer-director Christos Georgiou returns with a fictional exploration of a family on the precipice of being torn apart.

· Jamaica (2017) – Taking the jump from the small screen, director Andreas Morfonios’ crowd-pleasing and touching directorial debut stars Greek TV royalty Spiros Papadopoulos and Fanis Mouratidis in a bittersweet comedy about two estranged brothers who are forced to reunite after a family tragedy.

· Pity (2018) – Fresh off the international festival circuit, written by its director with co-scribe Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster, Dogtooth) this distinctly Greek black-comedy depicts a lawyer living a dark existence in a sun-drenched world.

· Polyxeni (2017) – Inspired by true events, Dora Masklavanou’s Polyxeni (writer Unfair World, GFF 2012) is an epic and engrossing exploration of trust, tragedy and love set to the backdrop of Greek aristocracy in 1970s’ Istanbul.

· Rosemarie (2017) – Winner of Best Film at the 2017 Cyprus Film Days International Festival, Adonis Florides͛’ intelligently teeters between comedy and thriller in this telling of a burnt-out soap opera writer taking inspiration͛ from his neighbours.

· Smuggling Hendrix (2018) – Winner of Best International Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, and debut feature from Marios Piperides, this touching comedy-drama heroes one man’s unwavering commitment to his dog after it runs away and crosses the UN buffer zone.

· Success Story (2017) – With some of the biggest names in Greek cinema, including Konstandinos Markoulakis (The Telemachy) and Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall), Nikos Perakis’ dark comedy chronicles conspiracy and betrayal as a passionate affair devolves into a toxic battle for dominance.

· The Bachelor 2 (2017) – The blockbuster comedy hit is a uniquely Hellenic take on The Hangover franchise, reuniting the cast of the 2016 original for another night of madness and mayhem in Crete.

· The Last Note (2017) – From the award-winning Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris, the heart-rending drama recounts the lead-up to the mass execution of 200 Greek war prisoners in Chaidari concentration camp in retaliation to the ambush of four Nazi officers.

· West of Sunshine (2017) – In Australian director Jason Raftopoulos’ impressive debut feature, a working-class dad must settle a crippling debt in this punch slice of Australian social realism, starring Damien Hill (Pawno) alongside his real life step-son Ty Perham, and Kat Stewart (Offspring).

· Retrospective – From the anti-establishment jibes of Nikos Perakis to mob bosses and human cloning, the curated LOL @ GFF Retrospective program samples the breadth of humour that keeps Greeks smiling even when faced with hardship. Prepare to laugh so hard you’ll cry!

· First Time Godfather (2007) – Based on an autobiographical short story by Nikos Papandreou, son of a former Greek prime minister, this uproarious tale dives into Greek culture with the same unbridled humor as My Big Fat Greek Wedding but with extra realism.

· I Love Karditsa (2010) – Cloning, millions in missing organised crime money and a couple of hit men on a mission combine to create this anarchic comedy farce from celebrated Greek filmmaker Stratos Markidis.

· Kiss of Life (2007) – A chance encounter on the way to his wedding destroys the best laid plans of a bored, thirty-something groom in this side splitting romantic comedy loaded with amusing mishaps and endless intrigue.

· Loafing and Camouflage (1984) – Heralded as a cult-classic and perhaps the best Greek film ever made, this semi-autobiographical film from Nikos Perakis is a satirical catch 22-esque take on his time in Greek military service.

· Nisos (2009) – After a sudden death, an island’s richest man reveals himself as a mischievous troublemaker from beyond the grave, with scandalous affairs, unsolved crimes, hidden double lives disclosed one-by-one.

· Sirens in the Aegean (2005) – The biting and sardonic follow-up to Perakis’ Loafing and Camouflage (also screening at GFF 2018), the comedy classic attracted an audience of over 1.5 million viewers, placing it (at that time) behind only James Cameron’s history-making Titanic in terms of popularity.

The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival runs 9 – 21 October 2018 at Palace Norton Street and Palace Central Sydney, and also travels to Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth!

EDITORS NOTES:

WHAT: The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival Sydney

WHEN: Tuesday 9 October – Sunday 21 October, 2017

WHERE: Palace Norton Street

99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

Palace Central Sydney

3/28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW 2008