Greek Film Festival 2016 Sydney – now in its 23rd year

October 11th, 2016



* SYDNEY Greek Film Festival


The Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival Announces 2016 Program 

Sydney’s Greek Film Festival features everything from love stories Worlds Apart and The Lobster, to icy thriller Blind Sun, a retrospective on Greece’s very own Charlie Chaplin, Thanasis Veggos, and a locally produced documentary on dope, A Life of its Own: The Truth about Medical Marijuana, The Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival (GFF) shines a light on Greek perspectives from around the world.

  • Wednesday 12 October – Sunday 23 October, 2016
  • Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

Greek Film Festival – 17 films and 16 shorts including many award winning features and documentaries will screen 12 to 23 October 2016 at Leichhardt’s Palace Norton Street Cinema, with tickets on sale today at  Traversing past, present and future, Greece’s modern storytellers will demonstrate their ancient forbearers’ theatrical edge in a range of exhilarating films.  Opening and Closing Nights
Starring alongside Tsirekas’ incredible food, is critically acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Papakaliatis’s Worlds Apart (2015), starring J.K. Simmons – the highest grossing Greek film since 2009.  A romantic drama, the film tells three separate love stories, between a Greek and a foreigner.  The closing night film What If, also from Papakaliatis’s, is a sliding doors-inspired comedy that deals with love, death, and the financial crisis.    


  • Sacred Heart (2016), from Sydney-based filmmaker Kosta Nikas’, stars David Field who faces the age-old battle between God and The Devil in his attempt to come to terms with the recent accidental death of his wife and unborn child.  The screening is complete with a Q&A with Nikas and Field on Wednesday 12 October, 7pm.
  • The Lobster (2015), staring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz is an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future, the film picked up three prizes at Cannes Film Festival 2015 (the Jury Prize, Palm Dog – Jury Prize, and Queer Palm).
  • Blind Sun (2015), a minimalist thriller from award winning filmmaker Joyce A. Nashawati follows an immigrant house sitter facing a variety of threats both real and illusory.
  • Chevalier (2015), from multi award winning filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (producer of Before Midnight, Dogtooth, GFF 2010) is a critical comedy and feminist portrait of men without women.
  • Suntan (2016), staring Makis Papadimitriou (Chevalier, GFF 2016) as a lonely, middle-aged doctor who takes an unhealthy shine for a young tourist. ? Invisible (2015), triple London Greek Film Festival 2015 award winning film offers a slice of cinematic realism when a lonely divorced factory worker unjustly loses his job and plans revenge.
  • Cloudy Sunday (2015), is a historical drama about a forbidden love between a young Jewish girl and the brother-in-law of the famed Greek composer Vassilis Tsitsanis.
  • Spring Awakening (2016), from independent filmmaker Constantine Giannaris focuses on a gang of teenage thieves and their rebellious nature in contemporary Athens.
  • SMAC (2015), from award winning filmmaker Elias Demetriou (Fish n’ Chips) is a depiction of a gay woman’s fight against her mortality after being diagnosed with cancer.
  • One Breath (2015), an absorbing drama from multi-award winning Christian Zübert following two women in a story of class tension and mutual exploitation that doubles as a commentary on the Eurozone.
  • Highway to Hellas (2015), a culture-clash comedy about a Munich based banker arrives on the island of Paladiki to check on the registered securities of a credit granted years ago by his bank.


  • A Life of its Own: The Truth about Medical Marijuana (2015), follows Australian journalist Helen Kapalos’ personal quest to discover the medical truths of marijuana. The screening is complete with a Q&A with Kapalos on Saturday 22 October, 4.45pm.
  • Lesvos: Fall in Love (2015) documents Sydney-sider Billy Cotsis’ road-trip to uncover all that is unique and wonderful about the Greek island of Lesvos.
  • This is a Coup (2016) from journalist Theopi Skarlatos, is a continuation of the socio- political documentary Love in a Time of Crisis (GFF 2014) about the European Central Bank’s financial interventions in Greece.
  • Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War (2016) follows the deplorable working conditions of Greek immigrants at the beginning of the last century in the US.
  • Beneath the Olive Tree (2015), narrated by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis re-enacts journals found on the island of Trikeri, a concentration camp during the Greek Civil War.

Thanasis Veggos Retrospective  

  • The Careless Idiot (1971), is Veggos’ first colour film, which looks at the ‘American Dream’ with all its hopes and bitter disappointments.
  • The Charlatan (1973) is one of Veggos’ more humanistic comedies, exploring the cruel reception migrants received when they returned to Greece by the ruling dictatorship.
  • Dictator Calls Thanasis (1973), follows a photographer, who finds himself in the crossfire of an exiled dictator’s business.
  • Holidays in Vietnam (1973), is an anti-war comedy which was severely censored and banned upon initial release.
  • Thanasis in the Land of Slaps (1975) is one of Veggos more experimental comedies, divided into two parts (1936 Metaxas dictatorship and the 1967 Colonel Dictatorship), and directed by two different directors. The screening is complete with a Q&A with Professor Vrasidas Karalis, from the Department of Modern Greek and European Studies, University of Sydney on Sunday 16 October, 4pm.

16 international and Australian shorts will accompany the 2016 program. Australian highlights include: Milk & Honey (2014) written, directed and starring Andrea Demetriades (Alex and Eve, SFF 2016) and Louisa Mignone Yianni (Rake), with John Bluthal (The Vicar of Dibley) set in post WW11 Italy; and the satirical animation Mrs. Metro (2016) by Aggelos Papantoniou, which screened at Melbourne International Film Festival 2016.

International highlights include: The Curse of Don Scarducci (2015) starring Alec Baldwin, about a rough and tumble mobster; and the multi award winning, 2016 Cannes screened film Pet (2015), about a boy whose only companion is his pet guinea pig.

Student Film Festival
GFF’s Student Film Festival encourages students to use the Greek language in short film. This year short films have incorporated the topic ‘from morning to night’ and the signature item ‘clock’, and will be screened at the Festival on Sunday 23 October, 12.30pm. The project is presented by; Greek Film Festival, Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and the Education Office of the Greek Consulate General, and supported by the NSW Department of Education.

WHAT: The Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival Sydney
WHEN: Wednesday 12 October – Sunday 23 October, 2016
WHERE: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

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