Participating Cinemas: Palace Norton Street
19th Greek Film Festival - 16 October – 4 November, 2012
The 19th annual Greek Film Festival (GFF) opens in Sydney on Tuesday 16 October with a program that will see more than 30 films screen at Palace Norton Street Cinemas over two weeks.
The Festival opens with the larger-than-life comedy Nisos 2 (The Island 2: The Hunt for the Lost Treasure), the sequel to the 2010 Greek Film Festival’s Opening Night film. With the picture-perfect Greek island as its backdrop, Nisos 2 offers plenty of its own laughs as it follows the island’s loveable crims out of jail and on an epic and speculative treasure hunt.
From the Greek Weird Wave the Festival screens Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps (Dogtooth, GFF ’10), an inventive, deadpan story about loss and grief that won the Official Competition at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival. Alongside Lanthimos’ stylised absurdism, the grim realities of contemporary Greek society are strongly reflected in the Festival’s dramatic highlights. Most anticipated is Ektoras Lyzigos’ harrowing account of a young man living on the brink of starvation in Boy Eating the Bird’s Food, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery section.
Those realist tones continue through the program in George Siouga’s melodrama Burning Heads, about a young Georgian immigrant forced to confront his painful family history; Giorgos Georgopoulos’s taut psychological thriller Tungsten, a multiple award-winner at last year’s Cyprus International Film Festival; Stelios Kammitsis’ Jerks which focuses on the frustrations of three young alienated men preparing to leave Greece for a new life in Berlin; and Yorgos Gkikapeppas’s award-winning City of Children which follows a day-in-the-life of four pregnant couples in modern Athens, offering a harrowing perspective on the dawning of new life against an Athens gripped by despondency.
By Popular Demand Sessions
7.00pm Mon 5 Nov - LARISSA (18+) No English Subtitles
7.00pm Tue 6 Nov - RED TIED THREAD (18+)
7.00pm Wed 7 Nov - NISOS (18+)
9.15pm Wed 7 Nov - NISOS 2 (18+)
Visit the official website at www.greekfilmfestival.com.au
IN PERSON –Palace Norton Street Cinemas (99 Norton Street, Leichhardt)
11am- 8.30pm until sold out. There are no booking fees for purchasing at cinemas.
ONLINE -Ticketing are available securely online 24hrs at MCA Ticketing (via www.greekfilmfestival.com.au) All major credit cards accepted – booking fees apply ($1.30 per ticket)
BY PHONE-Tickets may be purchased using all major credit cards from MCA TICKETING. Call 1300 306 776 between 9.30am – 5.30pm weekdays, and 9.00am – 11.00am Sat. Booking fees apply: 1-4 tickets - $2.50 per ticket, 5-9 tickets - $2.00 per ticket, 10 or more tickets - $1.30 per ticket. Phone bookings for weekday sessions will cease at 1.00pm on the day of screening. Weekend session bookings will cease at 1.00pm on the Friday before. Tickets booked via telephone online must be collected from the box office no later than 15 minutes prior to the advertised session time of the first session purchased. Please bring appropriate identification.