FILM SELECTIONS



2021 FILM SELECTIONS

ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES (feature)

Drama | 107min | USA Premiere

In the wake of a disaster, Aliki and her husband Petros take their young son Panagiotis to a provincial seaside town, seeking refuge. Working temporary jobs, Aliki and Petros try to put their lives back together so they can return home to Athens. When Aliki begins to realize that the plan is not working – or worse, may not even exist – the distance between her and Petros begins to grow.

Writer: Michalis Konstantatos
Director: Michalis Konstantatos

BALLAD FOR A PIERCED HEART (feature)

Drama | 140min | Gulf Coast Premiere

In a small town in Greece, when amorous passion meets with greed, money, dead bodies start pilling up and "Sleeping Beauty" Olga will never know the horrors she has been spared of.
Content Warning: Extreme language

Writer: Yannis Economides
Directors: Yannis Economides, Harry Lagoussis, Dimosthenis Papamarkos

Available only in the USA.

BEING PRESENT (feature)

Documentary | 83min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Whilst still healing from the wounds caused by the ten-year-long economic disaster, Greece confronted the biggest public health crisis in recent history. Against the backdrop of a disintegrated public health sector, the prominent protagonists managing the pandemic are entangled with the stories of its invisible heroes. Political decisions and behind-the-scenes manipulations are closely observed and juxtaposed with the struggles of the people who bear the brunt of this new crisis.

Writer: Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Director: Yorgos Avgeropoulos

COSMIC CANDY (feature)

Drama | 95min

Anna, an eccentric supermarket cashier, lives in Athens, alone in her parent’s big apartment. One day she will be forced to take in the ten-year-old girl next door, after her father goes missing. At the same time, she will be confronted with her possible dismissal and the overwhelming scenario of a workplace romance. And all this, under the influence of excessive Cosmic Candy consumption.

Writers: Katerina Kaklamani, Rinio Dragasaki
Director: Rinio Dragasaki

ENTWINED (feature)

Drama | 89min

City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It's love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was, and time is of the essence for both of them.

Writer: John de Holland, Minos Nikolakakis
Director: Minos Nikolakakis

Available only in the USA.

IN THE STRANGE PUSRSUIT OF LAURA DURAND (feature)

NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR 2021

Comedy | 98min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Antonis and Christos are two friends who live in a small apartment in Athens. In distress and secluded from society, they survive mostly with Christos unemployment benefit. The two friends are also united by their common, platonic love interest for Laura Durand, a pornstar of the 90s who disappeared mysteriously several years ago. They also perform 8-bit music with their offbeat band named Speed_28. When things go from bad to worse, the friends decide that time has come to start the quest for Laura Durand.

Writers: Dimitris Bavellas, Katerina Kleitsioti
Director: Dimitris Bavellas

IN THE WINE DARK SEA (feature)

Documentary | 97min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Through a colorful mosaic of stories, this documentary film aims to demystify Crete as a winemaking region and offers a rare insider glimpse into the indigenous grape varieties, the people behind them and the challenges they are facing with the eminent climate change. Filmed, edited and directed entirely by Chrisa Giorgi, the project reveals the ancient grape varieties and the unique terroir of Crete.

Writers: Manolis Stavrakakis, Maritina Stavrakaki, Chrisa Giorgi
Director: Chrisa Giorgi

THE JOURNEY OF ASKAVLOS (feature)

Documentary | 88min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Following the ancient Greek bagpipe, "The Journey of Askavlos" takes the viewer on a journey from stone-built villages, where the instrument’s origins lie, to the concrete jungles of modern towns and cities. He becomes a witness to this revival and discovers a thing almost lost: the customs and an ethos of a people of another era, and an oral tradition that was once a way of life. The bagpipe is being assimilated by the contemporary music scene and is integrating with modern sounds, beyond the realm of traditional festivals, thereby gaining a younger audience and enjoying great resonance around Greece and worldwide.

Writer: Yorgos Arvanitis
Director: Yorgos Arvanitis

LETHAL NATIONALISM: GENOCIDE OF THE GREEKS 1913-1923 (feature)

Documentary | 70min

A historical documentary that for the first time charts Ottoman Empire's and Turkish Nationalists Genocide of its 3,000-year-old ethnic Greek population, it took only 10 years to destroy over 3 Millenia of history. Since 1913 the Turkish government – including the founder of modern Turkey -- has exterminated or exiled over one million Christians of Greek heritage, collectively over 3 million Christian minorities of Asia Minor were exterminated.

Writer: John McCarthy
Director: Peter Lambrinatos

MY REMBETIKA BLUES (feature)

Documentary | 83min

Rembetika music or the Greek blues is a music born of exile and the streets. Developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century, filmmaker M. Zournazi traces the journey of her forebears from Smyrna in Turkey to Sydney Australia but discovers more than family history, she finds out how music connects people during times of struggle and crises. By weaving together different stories of music and migration, she documents experiences that are often left out of the chronicles of history.

Writer: M.Zournazi
Director: M.Zournazi

NIKOS KAROUZOS - POEMS ON THE TAPE RECORDER (feature)

Documentary | 102min | USA Premiere

Left-wing and Christian, hermit and an alcoholic, damned poet Nikos Karouzos is the central figure of this hybrid-genre feature. In this essay film about a documentary, the viewer is taken through the Athenian urban landscape, the editing room, prison island of Makronissos, Stockholm and Kronstadt, following a frustrated researcher in a journey through time to restore the collective memory of Greece’s most underrated poet and his tumultuous times through pictures, celluloid and testimonies. A story about life and death, about Greece’s troubled post-war history, and about the advent of Spring.

Writers: Andreas Vakalios, Ilias Liatsopoulos
Director: Yannis Karpouzis

PARI (feature)

Drama | 101min | Gulf Coast Premiere

The search of an Iranian mother, Pari, for her missing son in Athens will force her on a journey to the dark corners of the city as well as the hidden depth of her own self.

Writer: Siamak Etemadi
Director: Siamak Etemadi

Available only in Texas.

TAILOR (feature)

Drama | 100min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Α coming-of-old-age story of an eccentric Tailor who doesn’t quit fit into the world and has isolated himself into the attic of the family’s tailoring shop. On the verge of loosing everything, he finally gets triggered: with a wondrously strange bricolage coach—a tailor shop on wheels— he reinvents his life and his craft. He changes the brides of Athens and falls in love for the first time in his 50s.

Writers: Sonia Liza Kenterman, Tracy Sunderland
Director: Sonia Liza Kenterman

WINDOW TO THE SEA (feature)

Drama | 105min | USA Premiere

Faced with life-changing news, Maria, a 55-year-old Spanish woman from Bilbao, chooses to take a trip to Greece against the advice of her son and doctors. This spontaneous decision leads her to the island of Nisyros, a tiny haven of peace and calm. While soaking in the island’s hidden treasures, she finds herself falling in love against all odds. A luminous portrait of a woman who takes a leap of faith and dares to live for the moment on her own terms. A touching story about love, loss and fearlessly confronting life, simply by leaning on someone else.

Writers: Luis Moya Redrado, Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Director: Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Available only in Texas.

WINONA (feature)

Drama | 88min

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a beautiful beach: four women - none of which is Winona - enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. What secret hides behind their games? The film was shot on KODAK 16mm, on a beach on the island of Andros, in May 2018.

Writer: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)
Director: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris)

ANATHEMA (short)

Drama | 15min | World Premiere

On the island of Cyprus, an insomniac is haunted by hallucinations that his mother believes are a message from his dead father.

Writer: Paolo Antypas
Director: Paolo Antypas

ANGELOS AT CHRISTMAS (short)

Drama | 18min | World Premiere

It is Christmas Eve. Angelos, a mysterious 50-year-old man, observes a young boy singing carols in the streets of Athens.

"Watch this one all the way through. Trust us!"

Writer: Fotis Zampetakis
Director: Fotis Zampetakis

ANTIVIRUS (short)

Drama | 15min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Athens, Greece 2020. Quarantine days. Daphne, a female young jazz singer of a foreign origin who lives in Greece , decides to "break down" the wall that separates her from her annoying neighbor.

Writer: Anastasia Sima
Director: Anastasia Sima

BEAUTIFUL (short)

Drama | 15min | World Premiere

Inspired by a true story, Gina, a kind New Yorker working in a beauty magazine who seeks to add meaning in her life, connects with a young acid attack victim from India. Gina decides to invite the young lady to New York, something that will end up changing both their lives.

Writer: Konstantinos Mousoulis
Director: Konstantinos Mousoulis

CAST-OUTS (short)

Comedy (animated) | 15min | Gulf Coast Premiere

Through faulty handling that leads to the collapse of a penitentiary and mass escapes, newly appointed Jail-R suffers multiple fractures and loses his job. While convalescing, he is hired as a bank security guard. When the three masterminds behind the prison break hit the branch on his morning shift. Jail-R is called to rise to the occasion, with plaster cast and all.

Writers: Alexandros Romanos Lizardos, Giorgos Komiotis
Directors: Alexandros Romanos Lizardos, Akis Melachris

CORFU, THE ISLAND OF PANCAKES (short)

Documentary | 54min | USA Premiere

Corfu is one of the northern and most populated islands of the Mediterranean sea. The marks from harsh times still remain in some corners of its historic town center. Which was the important ingredient that shaped traditions and mostly helped the survival of not only Corfiots but people around the world through history?
 Pancakes are a round viand that is prepared with a basic mixture mostly of flour and water while archeological data shows that it might be the most ancient and widespread type of food with its structure and shape to vary from place to place.

Writer: Spyros Badios
Director: Spyros Badios

DEATH UNDER CONTROL (short)

Documentary | 40min | World Premiere

Why does someone choose to work in professions that are directly related to death and its rituals? While exploring the historic First Cemetery of Athens, five workers of death, take us on a trip to their unique work-life and help us set death under control.

Writer: Smaragda Nitsopoulou
Director: Smaragda Nitsopoulou

HELLENIC PLACES: HERMOUPOLIS (short)

Documentary (animated) | 18min | USA Premiere

The city of Hermoupolis, capital of Syros, is located at the center of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, in Greece. In its history, one can find all the elements that shaped contemporary Greece.

Writer: Vassilis K. Karamitsanis
Director: Charalambos Margaritis

HIGHWAY 13 (short)

Thriller | 20min | USA Premiere

It’s the fall of 1962, Alex and Glenda have been travelling a long time, totally unaware of the road they are on is referred to as “The Bermuda Triangle of the North“. For the last 100 years, people have been disappearing along Highway 13 in Alberta. What awaits Alex and Glenda may not necessarily be from this dimension.

Writer: Stan Papulkas
Director: Stan Papulkas

IFIGENEIA: NO MORE TEARS (short)

Drama | 18min | USA Premiere

Ifigeneia is visiting for the first time her future husband's family home, being invited for lunch. Instead of dessert, she brings along a little girl and she makes an impression on family and friends. But with the sudden appearance of two intolerance auditors things get complicated.

Writer: George Georgakopoulos
Director: George Georgakopoulos

LOVE REACHES EVERYWHERE (short)

Documentary | 35min | World Premiere

Actor Gerard Butler embarks on a life-changing journey to see how his mother's favorite non-profit organization transforms the lives of children in some of the world's poorest countries.

Director: Sean Bloomfield
Producer: Cimela Kidonakis

SILENT NOTES (short)

Drama | 11min

A misunderstood, deaf, white young man longs to join a black Baptist choir that he secretly admires, in hopes of becoming part of the community.

Writer: Kiki Tsakalakis
Director: Kiki Tsakalakis

THE PARDONER'S SALE (short)

Comedy | 16min | World Premiere

A con artist selling door-to-door redemption is thwarted when she swindles a seemingly nice suburban couple only to uncover the dark underbelly of till death do us part. Inspired by The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Writer: George N Koulouris
Director: George N Koulouris

UNLONELY (short)

Drama | 9min | World Premiere

During a general lockdown due to the pandemic, an unemployed actor works at an online companionship service. A lonely middle-aged gay man calls him while seeking for redemption, but things will not turn out as both men expected.

Writer: Sotiris Petridis
Director: Natalia Lampropoulou

VIOLETTA (short)

Drama | 15min | USA Premiere

After the sudden death of Violetta's mother, her father is looking for a way to renew their relationship. But he will face the powerful character of Violetta, and his own mistakes of the past.

Writer: Fivos Imellos
Director: Fivos Imellos

WOLVES (short)

Drama | 8min | USA Premiere

At grandma's house for Sunday lunch, a family is being crumbled under an unbearable weight. How many things can we ignore about our closest loved ones? How many words are drowned before they are even spoken? Our dearest family meals. Start counting down...

Writer: Vanessa Adamopoulou
Director: Antonis Morgan Konstantoudakis

BY THE LIGHT OF THINE EYES: 200 YEARS OF GREECE (short)

Documentary | 49min | Special Presentation

A special documentary film presented for free by the "Ellada 200" Comittee - the official organiziing committee of the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence. NON-COMPETING

Writer: Nikos
Director: Constantin Pilavios



PAST FILM SELECTIONS

2020 Film Selections

ATHOS, THE WORLD'S BRIGHTEST PEAK (feature)
Documentary | 60mins | USA Premiere
Writer: Argyris Liapis
Director: Argyris Liapis

DEFUNCT (feature)
Comedy/Drama | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Zacharias Mavroeidis
Director: Zacharias Mavroeidis

DIGGER (feature)
Drama | 101mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Georgis Grigorakis
Director: Georgis Grigorakis

EFTIHIA (feature)
Biography Drama | 123mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Katerina Bei
Director: Angelos Frantzis

MELTEM (feature)
Drama | 87mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Basile Doganis
Director: Basile Doganis

THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA (feature)
Drama | 121mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas
Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas

NOT TO BE UNPLEASANT, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS TALK (feature)
Comedy/Drama | 100mins
Writer: Maria Fakinou, Giorgos Georgopoulos
Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos

THE ROCKET (feature)
Comedy/Drama | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Stefanos Sitaras
Director: Stefanos Sitaras

THE SIEGE ON LIPERTI STREET (feature)
Action | 88mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Stavros Pamballis
Director: Stavros Pamballis

STILL RIVER (feature)
Drama | 133mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Angelos Frantzis
Director: Angelos Frantzis

YIORGOS OF KEDROS (feature)
Documentary | 82mins | USA Premiere
Writer: Yiannis Kolozis, Yiorgos Kolozis
Director: Yiannis Kolozis, Yiorgos Kolozis

A SIMPLE LIFE. (short)
Documentary | 18mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Myrto Papadogeorgou, Robert Harding Pittman
Director: Myrto Papadogeorgou, Robert Harding Pittman

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (short)
Drama | 9mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Vasilis Kekatos
Director: Vasilis Kekatos

GRANDPA VASILI (short)
Comedy | 28mins | World Premiere
Writer: James Prineas
Director: James Prineas

LATER APHRODITES (short)
Drama | 17mins | USA Premiere
Writer: Demeter Stavropoulos
Director: Demeter Stavropoulos

RE-LIVE (short)
Drama | 17mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Sotiris Petridis
Director: Tania Nanavraki, Sotiris Petridis

2019 Film Selections

TO THE MOON AND BACK (short)
Drama | 12mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Stelana Kliris
Director: Stelana Kliris

HOLY BOOM (feature)
Drama | 99mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Maria Lafi
Director: Maria Lafi

ABOVE LIMITS (short)
Drama | 9mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Petra Terzi, Thalia Alexiou
Director: Petra Terzi

KAZANTZAKIS (feature)
Drama | 121mins
Writer: Yannis Smaragdis
Director: Yannis Smaragdis

FREEDOM BESIEGED (feature)
Documentary | 99mins | United States Premiere
Writer: Panayioti Yannitsos
Director: Panayioti Yannitsos

EPIPHANY (feature)
Drama | 86mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis
Director: Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Katina Sossiadis

SKAROS (short)
Drama | 11mins | World Premiere
Writer: The Zavitsanos Brothers
Director: The Zavitsanos Brothers

1968 (feature)
Docudrama | 94mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Tassos Boulmetis
Director: Tassos Boulmetis

THE SILENCE OF THE DYING FISH (short)
Drama | 20mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Vasilis Kekatos
Director: Vasilis Kekatos

PITY (feature)
Drama | 99mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Babis Makridis, Efthimis Filippou
Director: Babis Makridis

THE HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS (short)
Drama | 16mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Konstantinos Gerakis
Director: Konstantinos Gerakis

SCOPOPHILIA (feature)
Thriller | 71mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Sotiris Petridis
Director: Natalia Lampropoulou, Ilektra Aggeletopoulou

DEFINITELY SOY (short)
Thriller | 14mins | World Greek Film Festival Premiere
Writer: George Zouvelos
Director: Ruben Zaccaroni

IZZY (short)
Comedy | 20mins | United States Premiere
Writer: Micah Stathis
Director: Micah Stathis

WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER (feature)
Documentary | 72mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Marianna Economou
Director: Marianna Economou

ATHINA-STOCKHOLM (short)
Drama | 13mins | United States Premiere
Writer: Anastasia Sima
Director: Anastasia Sima

PAUSE (feature)
Drama | 96mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Tonia Mishiali, Anna Fotiadou
Director: Tonia Mishiali

2018 Film Selections

POLYXENI (feature)
Drama | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Dora Masklavanou
Director: Dora Masklavanou

TWO OF FIVE MILLION (short)
Documentary | 6mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writers: Socratis Zavitsanos, Diamantis Zavitsanos
Directors: Socratis Zavitsanos, Diamantis Zavitsanos

CONFINED (short)
Drama | 2mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writers: Socratis Zavitsanos, Diamantis Zavitsanos
Directors: Socratis Zavitsanos, Diamantis Zavitsanos

PET (short)
Drama | 12mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writers: Chris Moraitis (Dialogues: Katerina Filiotou)
Director: Chris Moraitis

KALINIXTA (short)
Drama | 35mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Thanos Kermitsis
Director: Thanos Kermitsis

GO FOR BROKE (short)
Drama | 31mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Marinos Sklavounakis
Director: Marinos Sklavounakis

9023 (short)
Drama | 8mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Sotiris Petridis
Directors: Sotiris Petridis, Tania Nanavraki

A SCREAM THAT'S TRAPPED INSIDE (short)
Horror | 15mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Savvas Christou
Director: Savvas Christou

SUNRISE IN KIMMERIA (feature)
Comedy | 100mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Simon Farmakas
Director: Simon Farmakas

THE WEDDING PARTY (feature)
Comedy | 112mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Thane Economou
Director: Thane Economou

WAITING ROOM (feature)
Thriller | 87mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Alexander Leontaritis
Director: Alexander Leontaritis

JAMAICA (feature)
Comedy | 98mins | Gulf Coast Premiere
Writer: Giorgos Feidas
Director: Andreas Morfonios

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