The fourth Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place from Thursday 18 October to Sunday 21 October at Chester Beatty, The New Theatre and The Sugar Club. The Festival will be presenting cinematic visions of Greece through features, documentaries and special events.
Dublin Greek Film Festival will kick off with the pre – festival screening of the movie While You Live, Shine (2017) directed by Paul Duane. This mesmerising film uses its swirling music and beautifully choreographed camerawork to delve into the human need for communal experience through music and dance, as shown in the ancient ‘panegyri’ of Epirus in Northern Greece, a three-day festival of ecstatic music & dancing. The screening will take place at Chester Beatty on Saturday October 13 at 6pm followed by Q&A with Paul Duane and a wine reception sponsored by Gaia Wines.
The lunchtime free screening of shorts awarded at Drama International Short Film Festival 2017, Greece, will be held at Chester Beatty on Thursday October 18.
On Friday October 19 the Festival invites cinema lovers to watch Polyxeni (2017), the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film 2019, directed by Dora Masklavanou. This Greek period drama tells the story of an orphaned girl who is adopted by a family of Greeks in Constantinople and everyone expects from her a certain behavior that she is not prepared to follow. The New Theatre, 7pm.
On Saturday 20 October the Festival invites cinema goers to the screening of Up To The Last Drop – The Secret Water War in Europe (2018) documentary directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos. Filmed also in Ireland and other 5 European countries this documentary film about water and its privatization, reflects contemporary European values and the quality of the current European democracy. 5.30pm at The New Theatre.
Also on Saturday the Festival is pleased to present the latest movie of the world- renowned Pantelis Voulgaris, The Last Note (2017). In his new film, Voulgaris deals with one of the most important chapters of modern Greek history: the execution of 200 Greek resistance fighters by the German occupiers on May 1st, 1944 in Kaisariani, as reprisal for the Greek Resistance ambush against Nazis. The New Theatre, 7pm.
On Sunday the Festival will come to an end with the screening of Happy Birthday and a concert of Kourelou at The Sugar Cub. ‘Happy Birthday’ (2017), directed by Christos Georgiou, mixes two highly volatile subjects: politics and adolescence. In this joint Greek and French production, its message is to bridge the divide between a father and daughter and opposing viewpoints within the context of family in hopes of mending a fractured nation. The screening will commence at 4.30pm. It will be followed by a concert of Uk based Kourelou (6.30pm). The band which has performed in many international music festivals (Womad 2017 etc) draws on Greek roots as well as music from other areas of the South Balkans to produce a vibrant musical mash with a contemporary twist. It offers the audience to experience music that has unbelievable traditional diversity and wealth in a way that is engaging, jazzy and dynamic.
For more information about the programme and to purchase your tickets visit www.greekfilmfestival.ie
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