The 20th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival will showcase the best of contemporary Greek cinema for Australian audiences from November 6 to November 24, 2013 at Palace Chauvel Cinema in Sydney and November 7 to November 24, 2013 at Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne. It also tours nationally – from October 31 – November 3 in Brisbane, and November 14 to November 17 in Adelaide.
Early program announcements include Thanos Anastopoulos‘s THE DAUGHTER, which premiered earlier in the year at the 2013 Berlinale and recently featured at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where Athens was showcased in the City to City program strand. Following the coming-of-age of both a young girl and a country amidst change, it’s a contemporary thriller which explores the moral and financial bankruptcies at the core of one family’s crisis.
In the startling narrative, JOY, director Ilias Yannakakis recounts the story of a middle-aged woman, Joy (played with inexhaustible nuance by Amalia Moutoussi), accused of kidnapping a newborn baby from a maternity ward. What begins as the perfect utopia for new mother and child eventually turns into a bitter tragedy. Shot in striking black and white, with minimal dialogue, Yannakakis allows Joy’s mindset to unfold before the eyes of the viewer, resulting in an intricate and poignant psychological drama.
A.C.A.B. ALL CATS ARE BRILLIANT directed by Constantina Voulgaris, daughter of legendary Greek director Pantelis Voulgaris (With Heart and Soul, GFF ’10 and Brides, GFF ’06) is a more buoyant tale that centres on the relationship between artist/activist Electra (Maria Georgiadou) and the young Petros, who forces her to tackle big questions about how to lead a revolutionary life and still find love and happiness amongst the turbulence of the city.
The GFF will also screen MARJORAM by acclaimed director Olga Malea (First Time Godfather, GFF ’09, Honey and the Pig, GFF ’06). The first thriller-drama from a filmmaker celebrated by Greek audiences for her comedies, Marjoram shines a revealing, psychological light into the dark corners of a mother-daughter relationship.