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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To xypnima tis anoixis / Spring Awakening (2015) Constantine Giannaris, Armando Dauti, Konstantinos Elmatzioglou, Muco Fabrixhio, Thriller
A story of five teenagers who are setting up an armed gang: a mosaic of love, lost relationships, betrayal and nihilism, that takes place in a declining city, where everything is collapsing within the economic and social crisis.
To stigma / Stigma (1982) Pavlos Tasios, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Olia Lazaridou, Kostas Ballas, Drama
A young couple (Antonis Kafetzopoulos and Olia Lazaridou) have a baby affected with the Down Syndrome. In order to avoid the difficulties entailed in bringing a child that will never live a normal life, they decided to put an end to its life. That is illegal and the doctors don’t take such a responsibility. Eventually, the couple with the aid of the girl’s mother (Ntina Konsta) will feed the baby with water instead of milk, until it dies. Their deed will not be noticed but their relationship will never be the same. Finally they will be divorced.
The Trojan Women (1971) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Drama
Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands.
Soul Looting (2009) George Vouzikis, Nefeli Papaioannou, Iraklis Savvopoulos, Rahel Kapsaski, Horror, Thriller
Nefeli (Nefeli Papaioannou) moves to her boyfriend’s (Iraklis Savvopoulos) flat. After a while she discovers that strange hallucinations invade her life. Being afraid of her boyfriend’s reaction to the bad news, she decides not to let him know about that situation. But after a while, she gets to know why those hallucinations became a part of her being.
O diaheiristis / The Building Manager (2009) Periklis Hoursoglou, Evangelia Adreadaki, Efstathia Tsapareli, Drama, Comedy
The story of 50-something Pavlos unfolds in an unspecified modern-day Greek city, portraying the man’s midlife crisis with a light and gently ironic tone. Pavlos takes over custodial duties from his aging mother and immediately has to deal with a disaster involving a sewage pipe. The fix-it job becomes complicated and creates an apt parallel to Pavlos’s increasingly complicated personal circumstances. At heart Pavlos is gracious and kind, and he tries to be a good husband, son, and building manager. But the ensuing state of affairs turns him into a morose and angry man whose nerves sometimes snap. Will Pavlos succeed in fixing the broken sewage pipe before he can fix his own “broken” life? Director and screenwriter Periklis Hoursoglou, who plays the lead role, has shot a drama with comic touches and gentle socio-critical accents. Hoursoglou succeeds in creating a faithful, entertaining, and even touching portrait of “ordinary” interpersonal relations.
Norway / Norvigia (2014) Yannis Veslemes, Daniel Bolda, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Alexia Kaltsiki, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Photophobic Zano, arrives in the big city for the very first time. The year is 1984 and Athens beckons. A vampire and a fine dancer, Zano quickly gets devoured by the dark underbelly of the capital city.All he really wants is a “warm” girl. Strung out and down and out, he ends up at disco Zardoz, a hive of scum and villainy, where he meets Alice, a prostitute, and Peter, a Norwegian drug dealer. Lured into their shady shenanigans, the three of them will traverse mountains and descend into the core of the earth, all the way to the Kingdom of Mathousalas. Norway puts on shiny new shoes, dances the night away with colorful scoundrels and only bites when absolutely necessary. “Norway descends upon the Mediterranean”.
Kamia sympatheia gia ton Diavolo / No Sympathy for the Devil (1997) Dimitris Athanitis, Kostas Kazanas, Lena Kitsopoulou, Giorgos Kotanidis, Romance, Sci-Fi
Agapi sta 16 / Love at 16 (2004) Kostas Haralambous, Giorgos Gerontidakis-Sempetadelis, Markella Pappa, Giorgos Lazarides, Comedy, Drama
Somewhere in the Greek provinces, in the ’80s&. The story revolves around a group of 15-year-olds. The main characters of that group, ALEXIS and ANTIGONI, as well as their parents, their relatives and friends are depicted in the movie, creating a fresco of a Greek village. Antigoni and her family have recently moved to the village. There, Antigoni is bound to turn upside down the world of Alexis and his friends’. Alexis, who is a dreamer, is fascinated by her revolutionary temperament and soon falls in love with her.
Runaway Day (2013) Dimitris Bavellas, Maria Skoula, Makis Papadimitriou, Errikos Litsis, Drama, Sci-Fi
Maria and Loukas decide at the same time and for no apparent reason to respectively run away from their homes. Each of them has to deal with their personal problems: Maria is stuck in a wealthy marriage with Dimitris while raising their two children. Loukas is unemployed and full of debts. Both of them run away from their personal issues, both of them begin wandering in modern day Athens. They come across a series of controversial events and meet with strange characters. Furthermore, various people seem to be on their track; Maria is followed by two policemen. Loukas is followed by a weird stranger dressed in black, Joseph, who desperately wants something from him.