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Greek Cinema in UChicago (Fall 2015)

MODERN GREEK CINEMA IN UCHICAGO

COBB 218/  6:00’ p.m. – 8:00’ p.m.

TUESDAY  10/20

LITTLE ENGLAND

Two Greek sisters fall for the same sturdy sea captain in Little England (Mikra Anglia), a lush melodrama from Pantelis Voulgaris that’s based on the bestseller by the veteran director’s better half, Ioanna Karystiani. A woman’s picture in the most positive sense of the word, this handsomely mounted and impeccably acted film, set in the first half of the twentieth century, scooped the top prize at the recent Shanghai Film Festival, won a boatload of prizes at the Greek Film Awards and was a hit at the local box office. It should appeal to festivals and distributors with a mainstream or more female-oriented sensibility as well as broadcasters of classy European fare.

 The film is shown in Greek with English subtitles

MODERN GREEK CINEMA IN UCHICAGO

COBB 218/  6:00’ p.m. – 8:00’ p.m.

TUESDAY  11/10

PLATO ‘S ACADEMY

The title of “Plato’s Academy” is a little misleading because no Greek sages are in sight. Rather the film’s Greeks are four scruffy lay-abouts, three of whom own convenience stores at the same quiet Athens intersection. This allows them to sit and guzzle coffee or beer all day while studying the hard-working foreign laborers who have invaded “their” neighborhood. Nevertheless, this “Academy” does offer wry wisdom and steady laughs in its acute observation about a formerly heterogeneous society’s confrontation with otherness.

The film by Filippos Tsitos won the Orpheus Award for best feature film at the recently concluded Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Other festival directors should take note: This film would brighten any program.

 The film is shown in Greek with English subtitles

MODERN GREEK CINEMA IN UCHICAGO

COBB 205/  6:00’ p.m. – 8:00’ p.m.

TUESDAY  12/1

A Touch of Spice

“A Touch of Spice” is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require… A Touch of Spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.

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