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GFF19 The Taverna + Utopia

15+ 100 MIN


In this black comedy Kostas, the owner of a Melbourne Greek restaurant, has employed Jamila, a single mother going through a bitter custody battle, as a belly dancer to entertain customers. When her ex-husband Arman and his new girlfriend Rebecca show up for dinner, she refuses to dance, prompting quirky waitress Sally to take her place. During Sally’s performance all hell breaks loose. Rebecca is abducted and Kostas learns that his son left the scene of an accident, fearing he’d killed the other driver and would fail a drug test. By the time the police arrive, there’s forgiveness in the air. But will this evening have a happy ending?

The short film "Utopia" will screen before "The Taverna".
Duration: 14min
A man returns to his country only to find a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones and where there is more freedom inside prison than outside it. Desperate, but unable to escape, he gains freedom through the brave act of one woman.

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 8th October


100 min




Film Festival