2020 FILM LINEUP

ATHOS, THE WORLD'S BRIGHTEST PEAK (feature)

Documentary | 60mins | USA Premiere

 

Writer: Argyris Liapis

 

Director: Argyris Liapis

 

Three monks from Mount Athos share their thoughts about faith, Monasticism, their decision to become monks, their lives in Mount Athos, the monastic community and the visitors in Mount Athos. Available to stream in the USA.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

DEFUNCT (feature)

Comedy/Drama | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Zacharias Mavroeidis

 

Director: Zacharias Mavroeidis

 

Starring: Giota Festa, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Alexandros Mavropoulos, Yiannis Niarros, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Akis Sakellariou, Michalis Sarantis

 

Thirty-something failed businessman Aris finds shelter into his grandpa Aristides’ house, a WW2 veteran, deceased long ago. Soon, he reunites with childhood friends and befriends an old comrade of Aristides. In his effort to live up to Aristides’ legacy, Aris progressively claims his grandfather’s role. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

DIGGER (feature)

Drama | 101mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Georgis Grigorakis

 

Director: Georgis Grigorakis

 

Starring: Vangelis Mourikis, Argyris Pandazaras, Sofia Kokkali

 

Nikitas is a father who lives in rural northern Greece, where a mining company threatens the natural landscape and disturbs his daily life. His son, Johnny, visits unexpectedly after a 20 year absence, bringing a whole other tension to Nikitas' life, when he discovers his wife has died. His son now demands his half of his inheritance, causing tension. Available to stream only in Texas.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

EFTIHIA (feature)

Biography Drama | 123mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Katerina Bei

 

Director: Angelos Frantzis

 

Starring: Karyofyllia Karabeti, Katia Goulioni, Pigmalion Dadakaridis

 

A biographical film about the life of the greatest songwriter in Greece , Eftyhia Papagianopoulou (1893-1972). Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

MELTEM (feature)

Drama | 87mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Basile Doganis

 

Director: Basile Doganis

 

Starring: Daphne Patakia, Rabah Nait Oufella, Lamine Cissokho

 

One year after the death of her mother, Elena, a young French woman of Greek origin, returns to her holiday home on the island of Lesbos. She is accompanied by her friends Nassim and Sekou. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek/french with english subtitles)

THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (feature)

Drama | 121mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas

 

Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas

 

Starring: Angeliki Papoulia, Youla Boudali, Christos Passalis, Argyris Xafis, Thanassis Dovris

 

In a small eel-farming town in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Available to stream in Texas only.

 

content warning: graphic sexual content and male nudity.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

NOT TO BE UNPLEASANT, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK (feature)

Comedy/Drama | 100mins

 

Writer: Maria Fakinou, Giorgos Georgopoulos

 

Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos

 

Starring: Omiros Poulakis, Vangelis Mourikis, Kora Karvouni

 

Womanizer Aris finds out he is a carrier of a sexually transmitted virus, lethal only for women. But he is also the only hope for a curing vaccine if he finds which one of his ex girlfriends had the first viral strain. Available to stream in the USA.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

THE ROCKET (feature)

Comedy/Drama | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Stefanos Sitaras

 

Director: Stefanos Sitaras

 

Starring: Stathis Arfariotis, Aris Mavropoulos, Anne-Marie Lezineau

 

After being called a liar for years, Stathis is forced to gather all his friends and take them to a "top-secret location," to prove the existence of a supposed rocket (that only he knows about). If he doesn't show the rocket, he will lose all his friends. Shot entirely with non-actors over four years, the Rocket tells the true story of the last night of summer 2015. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

THE SIEGE ON LIPERTI STREET (feature)

Action | 88mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Stavros Pamballis

 

Director: Stavros Pamballis

 

Starring: Daphne Alexander, Constantine Markoulakis, Akilas Karazisis

 

Set beside the UN Buffer Zone that divides the city of Nicosia, Siege on Liperti Street tells the story of one family's struggle to hold on to their home, no matter the price. Available to stream in the USA.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

STILL RIVER (feature)

Drama | 133mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Angelos Frantzis

 

Director: Angelos Frantzis

 

Starring: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou, Indra Burkovska

 

Anna and Petros, a Greek couple who recently moved to an industrial Siberian town on account of Petros' work, are shocked to discover Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

YIORGOS OF KEDROS (feature)

Documentary | 82mins | USA Premiere

 

Writer: Yiannis Kolozis, Yiorgos Kolozis

 

Director: Yiannis Kolozis, Yiorgos Kolozis

 

Starring: Yiannis Kolozis, Yiorgos Kolozis

 

A personal journey in time through the eyes of two generations of filmmakers, father and son, traveling to the same remote island in Greece and filming it from the 70s until today. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek/english with english subtitles)

A SIMPLE LIFE. (short)

Documentary | 18mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Myrto Papadogeorgou, Robert Harding Pittman

 

Director: Myrto Papadogeorgou, Robert Harding Pittman

 

Starring: Myrto Papadogeorgou

 

Gioula is fighting to preserve her simple way of life with her family, dogs, cats, bees, chickens, horses, and hundreds of ancient olive trees on her organic olive farm on the coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (short)

Drama | 9mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Vasilis Kekatos

 

Director: Vasilis Kekatos

 

Starring: Ioko Ioannis Kotidis, Nikos Zeginoglou

 

Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station. One has stopped to gas up his bike, while the other is just stranded. Lacking money to get home, he will try to sell him the distance that separates them from the sky. Available to stream in the USA, only from November 13-18.

 

2019 Cannes Short Film Winner “Short Film Palme d’Or" - 1st Cannes winner from Greece...ever!

 

content warning: brief male nudity.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

GRANDPA VASILI (short)

Comedy | 28mins | World Premiere

 

Writer: James Prineas

 

Director: James Prineas

 

Starring: “Grandpa Vasili”

 

Although Old Vasili is passionate about his little motorbike, his granddaughter comes first. When she needs a new pair of shoes it's time for him to hustle and on the Greek Island of Kythera where various zany opportunities present themselves. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

LATER APHRODITES (short)

Drama | 17mins | USA Premiere

 

Writer: Demeter Stavropoulos

 

Director: Demeter Stavropoulos

 

Starring: Lydia Katsanikaki, Fenia Apostolou, Spyros Kyriazopoulos

 

The movie is described through Melanie’s eyes, a young woman cancer patient, who is trapped in her postoperative state of her body and mourning for the prior existence of it. Through her personal moments we can feel her impasses and her need to identify her new substance. Available to stream in the USA.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

RE-LIVE (short)

Drama | 17mins | Gulf Coast Premiere

 

Writer: Sotiris Petridis

 

Director: Tania Nanavraki, Sotiris Petridis

 

Starring: Lamni Ioanna, Marianna Pouregka, Anastasis Roilos

 

In the near future, a virtual reality service allows you to relive challenging decisions of your life and see how a different choice could affect the rest of your life. Available to stream in the USA & Canada.

 

(greek with english subtitles)

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