Tag Archives: Greece

O Drakos / The Ogre of Athens (1956) Nikos Koundouros, Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Crime, Drama

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The film “O Drakos” is about a mousy, timid, bespectacled guy in Athens who sees a newspaper photo of a fugitive criminal mastermind called “The Fiend”. It’s the spitting image of the harmless nerd. A gang of starstruck crooks sees our hapless hero, mistakes him for the Fiend, rescues him from imminent arrest and more or less forces him to lead a desperate criminal scheme they’ve got going.

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Uncut Family (2004) Costas Zapas, Maria Dima, Alex Kelly, Dimitris Yiannakopoulos, Drama

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“Uncut Family” focus upon a three member family that is presented in its most sensitive and raw form, right at the point where its apparent stability collapses. On the pretext of uncovering the relationship the young boy has with his mother and father, Zapas dares in the five chapters of his movie (The Son, The Father, The Mother, The Father and Son, The Holy Family) to draw attention to an endo-family sexuality which stands outside normal societal taboos, mapping a transcendental intra-family universe, painting with a regardless realism the cosmology of a contemporary world less remote than we imagine and closer than we could tolerate.

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Chevalier (2015) Athina Rachel Tsangari, Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Comedy, Drama

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In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht 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 journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.

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Notias (2016) Tassos Boulmetis, Yiannis Niarros, Themis Panou, Maria Kallimani, Comedy, Drama

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In the early 1970s, with Greece under the rule of a military junta, pre-teen Stavros discovers a strange accompaniment to the awakening of eros: he subverts the meanings of classical myths, creating strange physical symptoms in those around him. Stavros’ conservative parents, perplexed and flustered, take him from specialist to specialist. Diagnoses vary, until a fortune-teller deems that the boy is victim of a rare, ancient disease, which exhibits himself when he is in love. After the collapse of the junta, as Stavros meets the toils of love and politics in university, the influence of his strange affliction extends, from his immediate environment into the political arena.

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