Ο Ηρακλής, ο Αχελώος και η γιαγιά μου
Dimitra Koutsiabassakos is 88 years old and lives alone in the village of Armatoliko in the Pindos mountain range, on the banks of the ancient river Acheloos, named after the mythical river god who fought Heracles for the favors of a woman and who could take on many forms. Dimitra’s home is located near the place where a great dam is being built and lies right in the middle of the area destined to become a lake after construction is completed. By a strange quirk of fate, the materials used in the construction of the dam are a product of a cement company named “Heracles”, so that it seems that the age-old contest between Acheloos and Heracles continues to the present day! Dimitris, Costas and Petros decide to pay their grandmother a visit and make a documentary.
Continue reading Dimitris Koutsiabasakos – O Iraklis, o Aheloos kai i giagia mou AKA Hercules, Acheloos and my Granny (1999)
Even as Greek cinema slowly abandons its notorious aesthetic weirdness, Greek directors remain preoccupied with the same social and political national issues, now being depicted through a renewed enthusiasm for the abstract. Four years after her unconventional debut, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas [+], Elina Psykou follows a new visual path in her second feature film, Son of Sofia [+]. The film has just enjoyed its world premiere in the International Narrative Competition section of the Tribeca Film Festival. Continue reading Elina Psykou – O gios tis Sofías AKA Son of Sofia (2017)
Greece, 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. The central focus of the film does not come out of its historical context but is derived from the relationship between the two main characters and, above all, from the quest for freedom and identity for young Anthi. The initially silent sister, hiding a surprising secret, discovers heretofore unknown desires that lead her to a radically altered view of herself. Continue reading Vardis Marinakis – Mavro livadi AKA Black Field (2009)
Mina (Helle Lambeti) is a charming salesgirl. She buys a lottery ticket, but she finds out soon that it has been stolen from her. Pavlos (George Pappas), a married lawyer, enamored with her, helps her to track down the ticket. After a while they discover it at a penniless musician’s hands (Dimitris Horn), who had bought it from a street kid. When Alexis, the musician, wins the lottery, Mina claims the money with the help of the lawyer. Soon, Mina and Alexis fall in love.
mfc.gr Continue reading Mihalis Kakogiannis – Kyriakatiko xypnima AKA Windfall in Athens (1956)
from the back cover:
In 1907, in the parts of Greece that are liberated, not all Greeks feel free and the biggest ranges of the Thessalian valley are owned by a few big landowners. The farmers who are forced to work like slaves find in Marinos, a well educated young man, their ideal
representative. Odysseus, son of one of the big landowners, supports Marinos and conflicts with his father and brother, a conflict with a tragic end. Continue reading Vasilis Georgiadis – To homa vaftike kokkino aka Blood on the Land (1966)
Two young women on the wrong side of both society and the law fall into a dangerous love affair in this stylish drama from Greece. Martha is a cynical 17-year-old drug addict who supports her habit by working as a prostitute for pimp Manos. Martha has resigned herself to a short and ugly life on the streets when she meets Nadia, a 16-year-old who has fallen into the street life and is also hooking for Manos. Martha and Nadia are rivals at first, especially when Nadia attracts the attentions of good-looking hustler Argyris, for whom Martha has long carried a torch. But in time, the two girls become close friends, and then Nadia takes their relationship to a new level by seducing Martha. Martha falls hard for Nadia, but Nadia takes a more opportunistic attitude toward their new romance, and refuses to break things off with Argyris, while Martha retaliates by becomes involved with Miltos, a close friend of Argyris.
-All Movie Guide Continue reading Dennis Iliadis – Hardcore (2004)
Ο Μεγάλος Ερωτικός
The Great Love Songs is song (10) cycle of Manos Chadjidakis with verses from Sappho, Elytis, Myrtiotissa, Sarantaris, Cavafy et al. In the film the camera tries to capture the atmosphere of the music. An optical voyage in Athens; Athens of lovers; Athens of the past; the different big city of today; Athens of those in love; Athens of tourists. Concurrently with the voyage in the city we see the recording of the cycle in the studio. In some parts of the film the filming crew is seen. The documentary is a free play of image and sound. Continue reading Pantelis Voulgaris – O Megalos Erotikos AKA Magnus Eroticus (1973)