Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Afterlov | Άφτερλωβ (2016) by Stergios Paschos

On Tuesday 19 September at 19:00 and on Wednesday 20 September at 21:00 the film Afterlov (Greece, 2016, colour, 94 min) by Stergios Paschos will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is not suitable for children.

Tickets will be sold at a separate desk by the cinema's entrance. Reservations and card payments are not available. The ticket costs 9 euros (5 euros for members). Please have the exact amount with you, if possible.

Synopsis


It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos, a 30-year-old broke musician, is taking care of a luxurious villa in the suburbs that belongs to a friend of his. Between poolside cocktails and fooling around with the dog that he is meant to take care of, Nikos has a plan. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and he invites her over for the weekend. Sofia delightfully accepts not knowing, of course, that Nikos’ plans are not as innocent as they seem. Nikos locks Sofia in the house and refuses to let her leave until she provides some rationale for the break-up, turning their alleged carefree holiday into a mess of games, fights, laughs and introspection. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? Afterlov is a funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.

Cast: Haris Fragoulis, Iro Bezou

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Suntan (2016) by Argyris Papadimitropoulos

On Tuesday 13June at 19:00 and on Wednesday 14 June at 21:00 the film Suntan (Greece, 2016, colour, 104 min) by Argyris Papadimitropoulos will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is not suitable for children.

Tickets for Greek films can no longer be bought at Utopia's box office. They will be sold at a separate desk by the cinema's entrance. Reservations and card payments cannot be accommodated. The ticket costs 9 euros (5 euros for members). You are kindly asked to have the exact amount with you.

Synopsis


On a hedonistic Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard partying friends.

For middle-aged Kostis, life has passed him by. As the newly appointed doctor of a tiny island, Kostis spends a dreary winter alone. By the time summer arrives, though, the island has turned into a thriving, wild vacation spot with nude beaches and crazy parties. When Kostis meets the beautiful and flirty Anna, he falls hard for her and goes out of his way to conquer and impress her. Before long, Kostis is spending nearly all of his time getting drunk, partying hard, and even making out with Anna. What starts as a rediscovery with his lost-long youth, though, slowly turns into an obsession as Kostis is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his Anna. Suntan celebrates the beauty and strength of the youthful body, while simultaneously embracing its inevitable decay.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Invisible | Αόρατος by Dimitris Athanitis

On Tuesday 16 May at 19:00 and on Wednesday 17 May at 21:00 the film Invisible (Greece, 2015, colour, 84 min) by Dimitris Athanitis will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is not suitable for children. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the director.


NOTE: Tickets for Greek films can no longer be bought at Utopia's box office. They will be sold at a separate desk by the cinema's entrance. Reservations and card payments will not be possible. The ticket costs 9 euros (5 euros for members). It would be very helpful you had the exact amount with you. Thank you!


Synopsis



Aris, a 38 year-old worker in a factory gets fired without any warning. He is shocked. As his attempts to be re-hired fail, he gradually becomes obsessed with the idea to take justice in his own hands. He buys a gun with the last of his money. He is ready to fulfil his goal when his ex-wife dumps their 6 year-old son on him.


Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Kora Karvouni, Kostas Xikominos, Eva Stylander, Menelaos Hazarakis, Nikolitsa Drizi, Virginia Tamparopoulou, Christos Benetsis

About the director
Awarded Greek film director, born in Athens, with cinema and architecture studies. His debut film Addio Berlin gained Jury's Prize and Critics Mention at Thessaloniki FF for its innovating style, while No Sympathy for the Devil was nominated for Golden Alexander and gained the Best Actress Award in TIFF. 2000+1 Shots was selected by B. Mousoulis among the 10 best films for 2001 in Senses of Cinema. Three Days Happiness had 4 major nominations at Greek Film Academy Awards, showing in a number of festivals.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Stratos | Το Μικρό Ψάρι (2014) by Yannis Economides



On Tuesday 25 April at 19:00 and on Wednesday 26 April at 21:00 the film STRATOS (Greece, Cyprus, 2014, colour, 138 min) by Yannis Economides will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is not suitable for children.

Synopsis


By night, Stratos works in a bread factory but by day, he's a professional hit man. He needs the cash to free Leonidas from prison because the latter once saved his life when he was behind bars. For Stratos, this is simply a question of honour. We've no idea how many people he's already killed, but we do notice that he still has a conscience. He attentively looks after a neighbour's child, eight-year-old Katharina, as well as her mother and an uncle. At last he has enough money for the prison break-out. But Leonidas is lured into a bloody trap, by his brother of all people, who disappears with the money. At the same time Stratos learns that little Katharina is in danger - both psychologically and physically. He must act, even if this means following one wrongdoing with another.
At age 19, Stratos committed a crime of passion. He spent half his life in prison, where underground boss Leonidas took him under his wing. One day during a rival gang attack, Leonidas saved his life. Stratos never forgot this.

A free man now, Stratos works the night shift at a bakery workshop, a far cry from the killing contracts he executes by day. He gives away all his money to spring Leonidas out of prison, funding an escape plan managed by Leo's brother, Yorgos.
The fulfilment of his debt is the only thing that matters to Stratos, everything else is indifferent and he lives detached, surrounded by ghosts and fallacies. The day of the escape, the most important day of his life, is near...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Forever (2014) by Margarita Manda


On Tuesday 21 March at 19:00 and on Wednesday 22 March at 21:00 the film Forever (Greece, 2014, colour, 87 min) by Margarita Manda will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is not suitable for children.

Synopsis


An ode to cinema as a sensation. A train thunders through a tunnel, seagulls screech above the water. An empty station, a bleak harbour and two lonely souls in a grey town. He’s an engine driver, she sells tickets for the ferry. He sees her every day in his train and is secretly in love. Is there hope for love in Athens?


About the director


Born in Athens, she studied Political Sciences and French Literature at the Capodistrian University of Athens and Film Direction at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. She has worked as Assistant Director for many Greek filmmakers. She assisted Theo Angelopoulos on the films: Ulysses’ Gaze, Eternity and a Day, The Weeping Meadow, The Dust of Time.

She has written and directed feature and short fiction films, medium- and feature-length documentaries, videos for stage productions, and corporate videos. She collaborated with renowned photographer Josef Koudelka and wrote for his book Periplanissis: Following Ulysses’ Gaze (Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 1995), as well as for the exhibition Periplus: 12 Magnum Photographers in Contemporary Greece (Benaki Museum, June 2004). 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Chevalier (2015) by Athena Rachel Tsangari

On Tuesday 14 February at 19:00 and on Wednesday 15 February at 21:00 the Greek Cinema Club of Luxembourg will screen the witty comedy Chevalier by Athena Rachel Tsangari at cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. 


Synopsis


In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the "Chevalier."


About the Director


Athina Rachel Tsangari's sophomore feature Attenberg premièred in competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for its lead, Ariane Labed, and went on to win several directing and best film awards at festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of Haos Film, a filmmaker-run production company based in Athens. Among Haos' producing credits are three films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos: "Kinetta", "Dogtooth" as associate producer, and "Alps". Tsangari's medium-length film The Capsule, commissioned by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, was part of Documenta13, and premiered at the 2012 Locarno IFF. She was a co-producer on Richard Linklater's Before Midnight where she also appeared as an actor. For the 70th anniversary of the Venice IFF she contributed the science fiction short 24 Frames Per Century. Duncharon, her sci-fi comedy in development, was awarded the ARTE France Cinéma Award for best project at Rotterdam's CineMart.

CAST: Doctor - Yorgos Kentros, Yorgos - Panos Koronis, Josef Nikolaou - Vangelis Mourikis, Dimitris - Makis Papadimitriou, Yannis - Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Christos - Sakis Rouvas

Sunday, 22 January 2017

And I also Passed by There and Had Paper Shoes to Wear ~ Πέρασα κι εγώ από 'κει κι είχα παπούτσια από χαρτί by Vassilis Loules

On Tuesday 24 January at 19:00 and on Wednesday 25 January at 21:00 the documentary film And I also Passed by There and Had Paper Shoes to Wear, Fairy tales forever (Greece, 2014, colour, 91 min) by Vassilis Loules will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The film is suitable for children.

Synopsis



And I Also Passed by There and Had Paper Shoes to Wear takes us on a journey into the magical world of fairytales. Grandmothers and grandfathers, folk storytellers of rural Greece face the camera and tell fairytales – timeless and universal. Stories of the plains and the mountains that were first told to them when they were children. A documentary film dedicated to perhaps the last people of the land in whom the echo of centuries of oral storytelling lives on. Fairy tales forever.


Director’s note on the film

“And I also passed by there / and had paper shoes to wear, with red tops and toes / and soles full of holes”: this is how the fairytales which people used to tell in the old days would often end. The same ending is given to the fairytales told by the storytellers – perhaps the last of their kind – who appear in the documentary I shot in the villages of Trikala, in central Greece.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

At home ~ Στο Σπίτι (2014) by Athanasios Karanikolas

On Tuesday 20 December at 19:00 and on Wednesday 21 December at 21:00 the film At home (Greece, 2014, colour, 103 min) by d'Athanasios Karanikolas will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. Not suitable for children under 16 years.


Synopsis 


Nadja lives with Stefanos, his wife Evi and their daughter Iris in a house on the coast of the Aegean Sea. The days pass by uneventfully: Stefanos goes off to work, Evi earns a bit of cash as a translator, and Nadja ensures they have nothing else to worry about. Officially she is their housemaid, but it’s clear she means much more to them. She is an integral part of the family: she’s Iris’s second mother and Evi’s confidante. Nadja attributes the fatigue and weakness she has been feeling of late to her concerns for her daughter, who lives abroad, and also to the intense summer heat. A professional diagnosis unfortunately tells a different story, yet Nadja confronts this difficult situation with characteristic dignity. This intimate drama, unfolding within the walls of a single house, questions human solidarity at a time when Greece is endeavouring to overcome its economic crisis. In the face of uncertainty and the possibility that they might have to relinquish some of their comforts, the protagonists are aware that it might be easier to close their eyes than to open their hearts and assume responsibility for others. From the website of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Featuring : Maria Kallimani, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Alexandros Logothetis, Zoi Asimaki, Nikos Georgakis, Ieronymos Kaletsanos

Monday, 31 October 2016

Little England (2013) ~ Μικρά Αγγλία by Pantelis Voulgaris

Little England (GreekΜικρά ΑγγλίαMikra Anglia) is a 2013 Greek period dramaromancefilm directed by Pantelis Voulgaris. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ioanna Karystiani, Voulgaris' wife, and stars Pinelopi Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Aneza Papadopoulou and Andreas Konstantinou. The plot revolves around two sisters, Orsa and Moscha from the island of Andros, dubbed Little England because of its affluence, who are both in love with Spyros; it starts in the interwar period and ends in the 1950s.
The film achieved commercial success in Greece, as it was the second-highest grossing film of 2013 and the first amongst the Greek films. Little England also met critical success domestically and abroad. It was nominated for thirteen Hellenic Film Academy Awards and won six, including the award for Best Film. Internationally, it dominated at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival, winning three Golden Goblet Awards for Best Feature FilmBest Director and Best Actress, and it is also nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language FilmLittle England was submitted by Greece for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Little England was a major hit in Greece, where it grossed $3,078,029, making it the second-highest grossing film of 2013 in the country behind only The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film grossed $537,314 in its opening weekend and topped the box office, while it stayed in top four in the following six weekends.

Critical response

Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as "A woman's picture in the best sense of the word" and a "handsomely mounted and impeccably acted film."

* Source: Wikipedia

Little England (2013) ~ Μικρά Αγγλία by Pantelis Voulgaris

Little England (GreekΜικρά ΑγγλίαMikra Anglia) is a 2013 Greek period dramaromancefilm directed by Pantelis Voulgaris. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Ioanna Karystiani, Voulgaris' wife, and stars Pinelopi Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali, Aneza Papadopoulou and Andreas Konstantinou. The plot revolves around two sisters, Orsa and Moscha from the island of Andros, dubbed Little England because of its affluence, who are both in love with Spyros; it starts in the interwar period and ends in the 1950s.
The film achieved commercial success in Greece, as it was the second-highest grossing film of 2013 and the first amongst the Greek films. Little England also met critical success domestically and abroad. It was nominated for thirteen Hellenic Film Academy Awards and won six, including the award for Best Film. Internationally, it dominated at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival, winning three Golden Goblet Awards for Best Feature FilmBest Director and Best Actress, and it is also nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language FilmLittle England was submitted by Greece for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Little England was a major hit in Greece, where it grossed $3,078,029, making it the second-highest grossing film of 2013 in the country behind only The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film grossed $537,314 in its opening weekend and topped the box office, while it stayed in top four in the following six weekends.

Critical response

Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as "A woman's picture in the best sense of the word" and a "handsomely mounted and impeccably acted film."[2]

* Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Drama Short Film Festival travels to Luxembourg

Drama Short Film Festival travels to Luxembourg: this month we are bringing you the best short Greek films that were awarded prizes in the 2015 Short Film Festival in Drama.

Please note that this time Cine Club Hellénique makes an exception by bringing variety in our two-day screenings. In order to be able to screen every single film that won a prize or a distinction in "2015 Short Film Festival in Drama", we have a different programme for each of the two days of our screenings. You can pick the day that inspires you the most, or join us both days!

Screenings are taking place at Utopia Cinema, as usual. Program as follows:

Tuesday, October 25 at 19.00 

EUROMAN / G.Tzafkas / 22min / Silver Dionysos - Special Mention

ECDYSIS / F.Tsolina / 17min / Special Award "Dinos Katsouridis" for the Best Newcomer Director

JOANNA / P.Fafoutis / 9min / Best Sound - Best Original Music

INNER LAND / V.Papageorgiou / 18min 

TIDES – A STORY TOLD BY THE SEA / S.Litsa / 11min / Special Mention

PROSOPON: A FACE TOWARD A FACE / T.Thoma / 5min / Best Student Film Award

SIMON SAYS / N.Tseberopoulos / 13min / Special Award "Socratis Dimitriadis" for the Category "Greeks Of The World"

BLUE TRAIN / M.Mavris / 15min / Special Award
(total time 110min)

Click 'Read More' for Wednesday's program.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A Family Affair (2015) - Μία Οικογενειακή Υπόθεση by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou

On Tuesday 20 September at 19:30 and on Wednesday 21 September at 21:00 the documentary A Family Affair (Greece, 2015, colour, 87 min) by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou on the Xylouris family will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. Not suitable for children under 12 years.


Synopsis


The Xylouris Family is Greece’s most famous musical clan. Three generations of musicians uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world. From 80-year-old Psarantonis, credited with reinventing Cretan music, to his son Psarogiorgis and teenage grandchildren,  A Family Affair  discovers the electrifying power of their music and the sacred ties that hold the family together.

A driving force behind the discovery of Cretan music for global audiences, Psarantonis’ musical lineage stretches back generations and into the future. His son George, a singer and lute player, joined his family band as a teen, travelling the world and keeping the tradition of Cretan music alive. While on tour in Australia, George met his wife, Shelagh, and over the years the couple has split their time between Crete and Melbourne. Their three children, Nikos, Adonis and Apollonia, all share their father’s musical talents and have embraced the riches that come from a cross-cultural upbringing.