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    From: Mary Ann Karonis FIRST EVER SAN FRANCISCO GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2004 AT DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM JULY 5TH  E11TH The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2004
      From: Mary Ann Karonis <makaronis@...>

      FIRST EVER

      SAN FRANCISCO
      GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2004
      AT DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM

      JULY 5TH ���E11TH

      The Festival premiers on Monday, July 5th, at 7:30 p.m., with a screening of
      The Valiants Of Samothrace. An antidote to the usually serious treatment of
      history in Greek cinema, it is the tragicomic story of outcast soldiers set
      against the real events of 1974. There will be a reception immediately
      following the film at Delancey Street. Tickets for the opening night film
      and reception start at $60.

      The seven Festival films represent the growing diversity of New Greek
      Cinema, showcasing films of commercial and artistic successes, as well as a
      sampling of the up-and-coming independent film movement of Greece. These
      films expose the various dilemmas and the complexity of contemporary life in
      various regions of Greece. Risotto, Matchbox, and Rescue Me all negotiate
      urban life in Athens, while Ghost Of A Chance reveals the tensions between
      urban and rural life at a casino resort. The World Again is a magical,
      coming of age film, and BAR investigates in a unique manner the ways that
      Cyprus���Ecomplex and tragic history has affected its citizens. The Festival
      is part of an international tour, which has included New York, Boston,
      Chicago, and London, and will showcase seven contemporary Greek films. The
      films Bar, Rescue Me and Matchbox are presented as part of the touring
      series "Greek Independent Filmmakers in the U.S."

      The Film Festival is a benefit for the Modern Greek Studies Foundation and
      is sponsored by SBC, the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos
      Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University, the Greek Film Center
      in Athens, and the Consulate General of Greece in San Francisco.

      The SF Greek Film Festival runs from July 5 through July 11. Tickets are
      $15 for adults or $10 for students with a valid student I.D., and can be
      purchased by phone at 415-677-8688. A week pass will be available for $100,
      and a three-film pass will be offered for $40. Tickets will be available on
      the day of the event, subject to availability.

      The Delancey Street Screening Room is located in downtown San Francisco at
      600 Embarcadero Street. If using public transportation, take MUNI Metro N
      line inbound and get off on Embarcadero between Brannan and Townsend. If
      driving, parking is available in a city lot one block north of the theater
      with an entrance on Bryant Street only.

      For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Poulos Brothers at
      415-677-8688



      MONDAY, JULY 5
      7:30pm
      THE VALIANTS OF SAMOTHRACE
      (I Yenei Tis Samothrakis) Directed by Stamis Tsarouchas An antidote to the
      more usual serious treatment of history in Greek cinema, THE VALIANTS OF
      SAMOTHRACE brings wackiness to a tragicomedy set against real events of
      1974. A company of soldiers branded as outcasts gets shifted from the
      Greek-Bulgarian border to an even less desirable assignment to put down the
      Turkish invasion of Cyprus. En route to the battle zone, the unit somehow
      lands in Samothrace instead. Excellent casting allows character actors to
      shine in this ensemble cast.
      2003, In Color, 35mm, 85 minWith: Renos Haralambidis, Dimitris Piatas,
      Costas Sandas


      TUESDAY, JULY 6
      7:30pm

      THE WORLD AGAIN
      (O COSMOS XANA) Directed by Nikos Cornilios
      ���A journey of self-discovery...fresh, intelligent.���E-- Variety. Five
      troubled kids, all fifteen, give their hostel-keepers the slip to head off
      on a journey to find the grave of one of their mothers. This rather magical
      road movie creates a new space for its young heroes to discover the beauty
      of independence and the power of friendship as they make their way through
      the Greek countryside at the height of summer. Director Cornilios, also a
      well-known composer, provides a fine musical
      counterpoint to the superb photography and touching performances by his
      young actors.
      2002, In Color, 35mm, 110 min With: Manolis Filipinnos, Dora Drouska,
      Pantelis Alexakis

      WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
      7:30pm
      BAR
      Directed by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen
      An adventurous example of the rising independent film movement in Greece,
      Bar interweaves two stories,two countries, and two women���s lives with an
      intriguing sense of paradox that recalls The Double Life OfVeronique. There
      are two women named Lea: one a cab driver in Cyprus, the other a stowaway in
      Uruguay,each searching for information about a long-lost brother. Are they
      the same woman, different women, orinhabitants of parallel universes? The
      title Bar refers both to the dividing line between the two sides of thefilm
      and to a drinking establishment in Montevideo where those two sides
      intersect.2001, In Color, 35mm, 103 min
      With: Stela Fyrogent, Michael McKell, Archileas Grammatikopoulos

      THURSDAY, JULY 8
      7:30pm
      RESCUE ME
      (SOSE ME) Directed by Stratos Tzitzis
      Shot in a vivid semi-documentary style, Stratos Tzitzis���s impressive first
      feature is an emotionally rich portrait of a woman���s search for love. In
      an award-winning performance, Maria Zorba plays Anna, a young city woman
      whom a hostile environment and her own bad choices have brought to the edge
      of despair. As a last resort, she reaches out to a man she once loved���but
      will the message reach him? Best Actress Award: Maria Zorba, State Cinema
      Awards 2001
      2001, In Color, 35mm, 100 min
      With: Maria Zorba, Vassiliki Delliou, Alekos Syssoitis

      FRIDAY, JULY 9
      7:30pm
      MATCHBOX
      (SPIRTOKOUTO) Directed by Yiannis Economidis
      Winner of the Greek Film Critics Association award for 2003, this
      excoriating portrait of the ���holy Greek family���Eis one of the most
      controversial films to come out of Greece in recent years. The matchbox is
      an Athens apartment on a sweltering summer day, the matches are the members
      of an ultra-dysfunctional lower-class family, and the spark is a revelation
      that blows an already volatile situation sky-high. Though not for the
      faint-hearted, the violence portrayed is more emotional than physical, and,
      as Variety critic Derek Elley notes, ���It plays more entertainingly than it
      sounds.���E2003, Black & White, 35mm, 80 min
      With: Erricos Litsis, Eleni Kokkidou, Costas Xykominos

      SATURDAY, JULY 10
      7:30pm GHOST OF CHANCE
      (EONIOS FITITIS) Directed by Vangelis Seitanidis
      The tawdry glamour of a backwater resort is the backdrop for a tale of
      would-be con artists who set out to fleece a casino. Takis, a perennial
      student who spends his life at the roulette table, meets Vera, a
      dealer-in-training, through her crusty gambling-addicted father. The lure of
      easy money brings the two into an uneasy partnership and indifferent romance
      with the goal of scoring millions, each with a very different motive.
      Director Seitanidis won the Best Screenplay ward from the Hellenic
      Association of Playwrights in 2001.
      2001, In Color, 35mm, 100 min
      With: Emlios Heitakis, Maria Solomou, Spyros Stavrinidis

      SUNDAY, JULY 11
      7:30pm RISOTTO
      Directed by Olga Malea
      Rife with provocative situations and sexy strutting models, this gender-gap
      comedy also has a good-humored feminist edge, hallmark of Olga Malea (The
      Cow���s Orgasm, The Mating Game), the self-assured bad girl of Greek cinema
      whom Variety named as one of the ���top ten European directors to
      watch.���ERisotto explores her favored theme of women outfoxing men for
      their own good, as fashion photographer Evgenia and photo stylist Vicky,
      both married with children, ditch philandering husbands to form a
      professional and personal partnership that sizzles.
      2000, In Color, 35mm, 97 min
      With: Dimitra Matsouka, Ann Mascha, Constantinos Markoulakis

      You can Download a .pdf file of the film schedule at
      www.sfsu.edu/~modgreek/

      Center for Modern Greek Studies Nikos Kazantzakis Chair
      San Francisco State University
      Humanities Building 577
      (415) 338-1892 voice (415) 338-0932 FAX
      e-mail: modgreek@...

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