Programme announced for the 4th Dublin Greek Film Festival

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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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The third Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October at Chester Beatty Library, Filmbase and The Sugar Club. The Festival will be presenting cinematic visions of Greece through features, documentaries along with special events.

‘After a successful second edition the festival is back to bring some Greek culture to Ireland’s capital. We want to give people the opportunity to explore a different aspect of modern Greek culture and reality through various forms of art’ says Kiki Konstantinidou, Co- Founder of the Festival.

Dublin Greek Film Festival will kick off with the screening of the movie ‘Xamou’, which will take the audience to the island of Crete, through its breath-taking cinematography and its original music at Chester Beatty Library on 19 October at 6pm. This sold out screening will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by Gaia Wines.

‘The Longest Run’ (2015), an award-winning documentary by Marianna Economou (Prize of the Trade Union, Doc Leipzig) about two under age refugees in a Greek prison, will open the second day of the Festival on Friday October 20 at 6pm, Filmbase.

Also on Friday the cinema lovers will have the opportunity to see the new movie by the Greek-Cypriot Director Petros Charalambous, ‘Boy on the Bridge’ (Best Film at 29th European Cinema Panorama 2016). Filmbase, 8pm.

On Saturday 21 October the Festival invites cinema goers to the free screening of the short documentary ‘True Blue’ by Haris Raftogiannis, and to the award winning documentary Next Stop: Utopia (Silver medal at the 35th URTI International Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary) which talks about the closure of a Greek factory and the struggle of the Greek workers to self-manage it, Filmbase, 6 pm. ‘Suntan’ (2016), the award winning movie by Argiris Papadimitropoulos (Best International Feature Film at Edinburg International Film Festival, 2016) will close the third day of the Festival , Filmbase, 8pm.

On Sunday the Festival will come to an end with the screening of ‘Amerika Square’ (FIPRESCI Prize and Special Youth Jury Award at Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece, 2016) by Yiannis Sakarisis. The movie talks about an unemployed, Greek nationalist in Athens that has his world turned upside-down when his apartment building and beloved city park becomes a home for migrants in transit across Europe.

A concert of Kristi Stasinopoulou will follow at 7.30, The Sugar Club. Kristi and her long-time collaborator Stathis Kalyviotis have performed in big festivals in the past, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival CANADA, Barbican Launch London UK and Womex 2002 Essen GERMANY. Pioneers of reinvented folk, Kristi and Stathis remix traditional demotika songs to reflect their own experiences of urban life in Greece. A previous release by the acclaimed duo topped the World Music Chart for five months, and they are coming to Ireland for the first time to shake up the Dublin music scene.

In addition to screenings and the music event the Festival will host a photographic exhibition by a Dublin-based Greek photographer Kostantinos Epoimenidis (Wednesday 18 October-Saturday 21 October at Filmbase). ‘My intent, in this work, is to express the beauty, diversity and mystery of the land and sea of Greece, while creating contemplative and meditative open-ended images, that trigger our collective memory and ignite new perspectives on nature and ourselves beyond the known’ says Epoimenidis about the exhibition.

For more information about the programme visit the Festival’s website www.greekfilmfestival.ie or find Dublin Greek Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter or Google +

 

 

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The second Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place from Thursday 21 April to Sunday 24 April at Chester Beatty Library, Filmbase, Omniplex Rathmines and The Sugar Club. The Festival will be presenting cinematic visions of Greece through features, documentaries and short films along with special events.

‘After the successful first edition the festival is back to Dublin to present not only recent Greek movies but also to introduce Greek music to Irish audiences. Everybody knows about ancient Greece but we want to give people the opportunity to explore modern Greek culture and cinema’ says Kiki Konstantinidou, Co- Founder of the Festival.

The Dublin Greek Film Festival will kick off with the screening of the award winning music documentary A Family Affair, (Best Documentary at Hellenic Film Awards 2015; FIPA D’or at Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2015), at the Chester Beatty Library on 21 April at 6pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Angeliki Aristomenopoulou.

The festival will close with a fundraiser for refugees in Greece at The Sugar Club.

For more information about the programme visit the Festival’s website www.greekfilmfestival.ie or find Dublin Greek Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter or Google +

 

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The First Dublin Greek Film Festival will take place from Thursday, 23rd April to Sunday, 26 April at Chester Beatty Library, Filmbase and The New Theatre. The Festival will showcase the latest films by both internationally established Greek directors and emerging filmmakers and it will highlight through the medium of film the cultural links between Ireland and Greece.

 

The Festival will kick off with the screening of the award winning road documentary The Grocer (pictured) (Audience Award at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in 2013), at Chester Beatty Library on Thursday 23 April. The movie is an attempt to depict and preserve a vanishing way of life in the mountains of Northern Greece. The Director of the film, Mr Dimitris Koutsiabasakos will be present at the screening.

For more information about the programme and to buy tickets, visit  www.greekfilmfestival.ie 

 

 

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