FRIDAY, NOV 15

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019   |   7:00PM

TO THE MOON AND BACK (short)

Drama | 12mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Stelana Kliris

 

Director: Stelana Kliris

 

Starring: Giannis Karaoulis, Irene Karagiorgi

 

A young man has to tell his girlfriend that he has been accepted on a one-way mission to Mars.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

HOLY BOOM (feature)

Drama | 99mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Maria Lafi

 

Director: Maria Lafi

 

Starring: Nena Menti, Luli Bitri, Anastasia Rafaela Konidi, Samuel Akinola

 

The lives of four strangers, who live in the same neighborhood, change dramatically when, on Palm Sunday, the neighborhood’s postbox is blasted just for laughs by a teenager.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019   |   9:15PM

ABOVE LIMITS (short)

Drama | 9mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Petra Terzi, Thalia Alexiou

 

Director: Petra Terzi

 

Starring: Dimitris Panaretakis

 

In 1960 on the Greek island of Rhodes, 38 year old Elias narrates a story to his 10 year old daughter, Sofia, about the friendship and love developed between him and a German soldier during World War II in 1945.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

KAZANTZAKIS (feature)

Drama | 121mins

 

Writer: Yannis Smaragdis

 

Director: Yannis Smaragdis

 

Starring:  Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Marina Kalogirou, Thodoris Atheridis

 

A dramatization of the life of Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, nominated nine times for the Nobel prize for literature.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SATURDAY, NOV 16

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019   |   12:00PM

FREEDOM BESIEGED (feature)

Documentary | 99mins | United States Premiere

 

Writer: Panayioti Yannitsos

 

Director: Panayioti Yannitsos

 

Starring: Noam Chomsky, Jordan Peterson, Constantine Markoulakis

 

A documentary concerning the current state of the Greek economy and how it has impacted the nation's youth.

 

(english and greek with english subtitles)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019   |   2:30PM

EPIPHANY (feature)

Drama | 86mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis

 

Director: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis

 

Starring: Alex Dimitriades, Caitlin Carmichael, George Georgiou, Scottie Thompson, Burt Young

 

A self-proclaimed lyrical love poem to Greek culture and the dying sea sponge industry, Epiphany tells the story of Luka, a young woman trying with all her might to connect with her negligent father in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Luka grows close to an older man as her family’s mysterious past begins to unfold.

 

(english)

SKAROS (short)

Drama | 11mins | World Premiere

 

Writer: The Zavitsanos Brothers

 

Director: The Zavitsanos Brothers

 

Starring: Nikos Zavitsanos, Apostoli Fatyros, Spiros Soukas, Konstantina Georgakopoulos

 

An impoverished goat herder scrambles up a haunted mountain in search of a transcendental treasure buried at its peak.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019   |   5:00PM

1968 (feature)

Docudrama | 94mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Tassos Boulmetis

 

Director: Tassos Boulmetis

 

Starring: Alexandros Amerikanos, Antonis Antoniou, Maria Antoulinaki

 

A.E.K., the well-known Greek basketball team founded in 1924 by refugees from Constantinople, after 44 years, beats SLAVIA of Prague and wins the European Cup.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019   |   7:30PM

THE SILENCE OF THE DYING FISH (short)

Drama | 20mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Vasilis Kekatos

 

Director: Vasilis Kekatos

 

Starring: Alexandra K., Andreas Konstantinou, Alexandros Papaioannou

 

Makis is a fish farm worker. On his way to work one morning, he is informed that he has died the day before. After failed attempts to prove that he is alive, he accepts his fate with indifference and he spends his last day trying to secure shelter and caretakers for his beloved canaries, up until the time of his funeral.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

PITY (feature)

Drama | 99mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Babis Makridis, Efthimis Filippou

 

Director: Babis Makridis

 

Starring: Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, Nikos Karathanos, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Makis Papadimitriou, Georgina Chryskioti

 

Pity is the story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy, a man addicted to sadness, who has so much need for pity, he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SUNDAY, NOV 17

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019   |   12:30PM

THE HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS (short)

Drama | 16mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Konstantinos Gerakis

 

Director: Konstantinos Gerakis

 

Starring: Eleni Sani, Harrys Tzortzakis, Natalia Dimou

 

In a house not far from Athens there is an isolated family with an unusual lifestyle. Katerina and Yannis is a young couple who live in Yannis’ family home with his mother Ariadne. They both try a lot to comply with Ariadne’s anachronistic rules but this is quite hard. Yiannis and Katerina face a crisis in their relationship due to Ariadne's rules.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SCOPOPHILIA (feature)

Thriller | 71mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Sotiris Petridis

 

Director: Natalia Lampropoulou, Ilektra Aggeletopoulou

 

Starring: Konstantinos Liaros, Ilectra Kartanou, Nikias Fontaras, Eleni Thimiopoulou, Joyce Evidi

 

Through the voyeuristic nature of the Internet, Alexis unintentionally witnesses a murder through his computer. Will he be able to uncover the murderer or will he be caught by his own trap? This film is the first European "computer screen movie," 5th worldwide, and the only non-American.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

DEFINITELY SOY (short)

Thriller | 14mins | World Greek Film Festival Premiere

 

Writer: George Zouvelos

 

Director: Ruben Zaccaroni

 

Starring: George Zouvelos

 

A modern day David and Goliath urban adaptation, whereas this trippy short is turned - and David evolves into the young villain; and, Goliath is the misunderstood, narcoleptic and handicapped (verbally challenged aka mute ) hulk, being followed by his rude entourage. The film offers a brief glimpse into the difference in generations, and the priority placed on human life.

 

(english)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019   |   3:00PM

IZZY (short)

Comedy | 20mins | United States Premiere

 

Writer: Micah Stathis

 

Director: Micah Stathis

 

Starring: Aaron Latta-Morisette, Courtney Ciminieri, Lawrence Blake

 

Following a series of increasingly catastrophic first dates, Izzy discovers an online dating site with a twist: 100% satisfaction guaranteed. A shortcut to a soul mate? Possibly; if the stunning and seemingly perfect Persy has anything to say about it.

 

(english)

WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER (feature)

Documentary | 72mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Marianna Economou

 

Director: Marianna Economou

 

Starring: Alexandros Gousiaris, Christos Takas, Olga Lorida

 

The humorous and uplifting story of two ingenuous Greek cousins, who tackle the world market with their organic tomato products.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019   |   5:00PM

ATHINA-STOCKHOLM (short)

Drama | 13mins | United States Premiere

 

Writer: Anastasia Sima

 

Director: Anastasia Sima

 

Starring: Sissy Toumasi, Yiannis Thomas, Yiorgos Stavrianos

 

Anna studies and works as a 3D animator in Sweden.

She stays in touch with her grandfather in Athens Greece, via daily Skype calls. Anna calls from her room and her grandfather calls from his friend's pharmacy. Two cities, three people connected to the web, a situation that is about to change.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

PAUSE (feature)

Drama | 96mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou

 

Director: Tonia Mishiali

 

Starring: Stela Fyrogeni

 

Elpida, a middle-aged housewife, is trapped in the misery of an oppressive marriage with a man who has no consideration for her feelings and needs. Her monotonous life is disrupted when a young painter is employed to paint the building she lives in. Her imagination then starts to flourish as she is confronted with her unquenchable desires, her body and the husband she has no love for. After he sells her car without her consent, she becomes vindictive and violent towards him, but her perception of reality is questioned when she has no recollection of events that actually happened.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

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