Original and award-winning productions of Greek film writers and directors meet moviegoers at the Pera Museum as part of Greek Film Day. A selection of 17 films, signed by masters such as Theo Angelopoulos and Costa Gavras, accompanies a panel entitled “Greek Cinema Tales Itself”. A free screening will be held at the Pera Museum Auditorium from June 7-12.
The Pera Museum of the Suna and Inan Kirak Foundation is hosting Greek Film Day, the first of its kind in Turkey. Organized in collaboration with Pera Film, Greek Ministry of Culture, Greek Film Center, Greek Film Academy, Greek Consulate General, Thessaloniki Cinema Museum, EMEIS Cultural Collective and Istos, the event will feature films produced by Greek film writers and directors. 1960s to 1980s. A rich selection of 17 films, from black comedy to road film, from drama to science fiction, will be presented to film audiences with their new copies at the Pera Museum Auditorium June 7-12.
Combining fact and fiction
Practice, the first feature film by master director Theo Angelopoulos, based on a real murder, is on the program as the opening film of Greek Film Days. Angelopoulos’s film, for which he was selected as the best new director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and won the Fipreski Award at the Berlin Film Festival, has been described by film historians as the birth of New Greek cinema. Also based on a true murder, Toriya Marquette’s Zorba Yanis provides a feminist perspective long before her time, revealing how women are oppressed under social oppression.
The Kokkinia block, one of the turning points in Greek history, where more than 300 people were executed in 1944, was brought to the big screen through a blockbuster movie by surrealist director and film theorist Adonis Kiru. Adopting a Brechtian narrative style, the film effectively captures the oppressive and frightening atmosphere of the 1940s. Immortal, a controversial film by famous director Costa Gavras in the late 60’s, continues to be a constant masterpiece with iconic music by Mikis Theodorakis. The film, an adaptation of the novel Vasilis Vasilicos, who was assassinated, inspired by Greek activist Gregoris Lambracis, was among the most banned productions in Greece for many years, although the location of the story was not specified.
Written and directed by Pantelis Volgaris, a leading writer-director of his generation, Stone Years is an intriguing story about two ordinary people who yearn for love and freedom as well as for each other. Themis Bajaka, one of the most important actresses in Greek cinema, was nominated for Best Actress at the Venice, Thessaloniki and Valencia Film Festivals for her performance in the film.
The film by director, screenwriter and producer Nikos Papatakis has become a metaphor for the recent history of Greece, nurtured by the conflict between Elias, who wants to flee his country, and Erasmus.
Nikos Panayotopoulos, one of the directors of New Greek cinema who is known for his boring films, explained the bourgeoisie of that time with a deep and keen eye on his wonderful story, The Sluts of the Fertile Valley, full of social meaning. This cult work, associated with Bunuel’s The Secret Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Ferreri’s The Big Cramp, won the Golden Lion at the Locarno Film Festival.
Another adaptation of the selection is Trojan Women by Michael Cacouanis, who is well known to moviegoers for his Oscar-winning movie Zorba. Combining the movie’s four iconic actresses, Catherine Hepburn, Genevieve Buzzald, Vanessa Redgrave and Irene Papas, the film is a true classic, with Alfio Continini’s picture and music by Mikis Theodorakis.
Sad love of the junta period
Alexis Damianos’ Evdokia, considered the earliest example of New Greek cinema, tells the love story between young Sergeant Yorgos and the sex worker Evdokia, which turned into an ancient tragedy in the shadow of a military junta. . Bringing another tragic love story to the screen, Gezi is a lyrical tribute to emotional sorrow and glory. In the movie directed by Takis Kanellopoulos, the journey of two lovers who plan to escape with a growing war turns into a never-ending journey.
In search of identity.
Co-written and directed by George Chorus and Christos Bhupuras, The Desert describes the destructive nature of masculinity in the rural Greek society of the time, through the adaptation and isolation of Manolis, who rebelled against the frontiers. Poet and director Frida Liappa, who died at the age of 46, has appeared in the election with Silent Death. Described as a surrealist and minimalist work on existentialism, the film won Liappa the Best New Director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Giorgos Panousopoulos recreated the Euripides tragedy Tragedy the Children with a modern perspective on Madness, which he wrote and directed and produced, edited and directed cinematography. Madness, which competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is a seductive film with a soundtrack by Nikos Zydakis, which invites viewers to revolt against Dionysus.
Passage by Vassiliki Iliopoulou is an award-winning road movie that draws attention with its simple and realistic dialogue, wide scenes and flawless interpretation of its actors. The film, which was acclaimed for its screenplay at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, tells the story of two young rural men trying to return home after completing their military service.
From thriller to film noir, from action to comedy, traveling across different genres, Olga Roberts magically portrayed 80s Athens, including award-winning footage from Andreas Sinanos from Thessaloniki Film Festival. Christos Vacalopoulos is sitting in the chair of the movie director.
Nikos Kaunduros, one of the creators of Greek cinema neoliberalism, took part in the program with his award-winning film Young Aphrodites from the Berlin and Thessaloniki Film Festivals. Giovanni Varriano’s black-and-white paintings focus on the natural beauty of the island, and the music created by Yiannis Markopoulos using traditional Greek instruments, which in some scenes became the protagonist, is one of the young Aphrodite’s avant-garde masterpieces. Movies
The only sci-fi movie of choice, Morning Patrol takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Written and directed by Nikos Nicolaidis, with inspiration and quotes from authors such as Daphne Du Maurier, Phillip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and Herman Raucher, the film questions the meaning of falling in love in an unbearable world surrounded by violence and death. .
Art professionals gather at the Pera Museum
In addition to the screenings, there is also a panel with the participation of art professionals in the scope of Greek Film Day. Near the “Greek Cinema Tales Itself” panel to be held on Thursday, June 9 at 18.30 in the Pera Museum Auditorium; Athena Cartalo (Director General of the Greek Film Center), Athena Calkopolu (Greek Film Center, Hellas Film Promotion Director), Antigone Rota (producer) and Aphrodite Nicolaidu (Athens University Film and Television Studies). The meeting, where the panelists will share their knowledge and experience about the current state of Greek art, the structure of the industry and the national policies implemented to encourage filmmaking, also aims to provide a discussion environment for discussing common issues. And to strengthen cross-border cooperation.
Greek Film Day selections will be free viewing at the Pera Museum Auditorium from 7 to 12 June.
Film screenings are free within the scope of this program. Reservations are not accepted. All screenings are subject to 18+ applications, unless otherwise required by law.
Appendix: Movie Description
Greek Film Day, June 7-12
Tuesday, June 6
15.00 drill (98 ‘)
Wednesday, June 8
13.00 Immortal (86 ‘)
16.00 Block (90 ‘)
18.00 Zorba Yanis (180 ‘)
Thursday, June 9th
13.00 Parade (90 ‘)
Desert (121 ‘)
18.30 Panel: Greek cinema speaks for itself
Friday, June 10
13.00 A Silent Death (86 ‘)
15.00 Olga Roberts (86 ‘)
17.00 Frenzy (92 ‘)
19.00 Evdokia (86 ‘)
21.00 Photograph (86 ‘)
Saturday, June 11
Places of Interest (86 ‘)
15.00 Fertile Valley Sloth (119 ‘)
19.00 Morning Patrol (86 ‘)
Sunday, June 12
13.00 stone years (135 ‘)
16.00 Young Aphrodite (135 ‘)
18.00 Trojan female (105 ‘)
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