Tag Archives: Greece

Tungsten (2011) Giorgos Georgopoulos, Prometheus Aleifer, Omiros Poulakis, Vangelis Mourikis, Drama

Tungsten (2011)
Tungsten deals with the idea of electricity as a metaphor, the scenery is urban, and the plot is unfolded during a single day. One day in Athens, continuous outages, and a final blackout, caused by the strike of technicians at the electricity company. A day during which, six people’s lives are being crossed and diverted. The heroes wander around the city, and as the day passes by and the darkness prevails, the scenery becomes more and more threatening. The heroes will experience intense discomfort while crossing each others path. When this strain is absorbed they are turned into victims, when the strain is channeled they are turned into perpetrators.

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Zorba the Greek (1964) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Comedy, Drama

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Traveling to inspect an abandoned mine his father owns in Crete, English author Basil (Alan Bates) meets the exuberant peasant Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and invites him along when the older man claims he has mining experience. In Basil’s father’s old village, he finds himself attracted to a young widow (Irene Papas), and Zorba takes up with the woman who runs their hotel (Lila Kedrova). When things go wrong, Zorba teaches Basil how to enjoy life even under the most trying circumstances.

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O Jerusalem (2006) Élie Chouraqui, JJ Feild, Saïd Taghmaoui, Maria Papas, Drama

O Jerusalem (2006)
Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui’s historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans – one Jewish and the other Arab – are forced to make an incredible series of life-altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of Jerusalem gets under way, the Jews, Arabs, and Brits must all address such difficult issues as terrorism, politics, courage, and deprivation with a newfound sense of honesty and urgency. Drawing inspiration from authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre’s best-selling novel of the same name, O Jerusalem offers a textured commentary on a conflict that continues to stir controversy in the 21st century.

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Homo faber / Voyager (1991) Volker Schlöndorff, Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Drama, Romance, Art-house

Voyager (1991)
Having recently survived a plane crash, American engineer Walter Faber (Sam Shepard) decides to forgo flying and cross the Atlantic Ocean via ship. Once aboard, Faber falls under the charm of fellow passenger Sabeth (Julie Delpy), a gorgeous young woman who reminds him of his former love (Barbara Sukowa). Faber and Sabeth pursue an intimate affair, and he joins her on a journey across Europe to her home in Greece. However, an incident from Faber’s past threatens to tear them apart.

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Blackmail Boy / Oxygono (2003) Thanasis Papathanasiou, Michalis Reppas, Nena Menti, Maria Kavoyianni, Akilas Karazisis, Drama

Blackmail Boy (2003)
In the small, closed community of a provincial town, Magda tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. The families apparently normal, bourgeois, every-day life will crack open, bringing to the surface hatred and passions of the kind that lie well-hidden in the mists of the nearby lake. An intense plot and a totally unexpected ending make up this film, which features characters who are vulnerable, innocent and ordinary, but who become ruthless and callous, worrying only about protecting their financial resources. The offences are disproportionately serious compared to the financial benefits they try to secure.

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Sweet Country (1987) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Jane Alexander, John Cullum, Carole Laure, Drama, History

Sweet Country (Mihalis Kakogiannis, 1987)
Anna and Ben are settled in rural Chile in the early 1970’s. They are very isolated and their only real friends are two Chilean sisters, Eva and Monica. When Ben is stranded in Santiago on the eve of the military takeover of 1973, Anna is livid…and this is made worse by the fact that Eva, the ex-personal assistant to Allende’s wife, has been arrested by the soldiers of the new Pinochet regime and taken into custody where she is emotionally and sexually defiled. She is released, only to be further harassed by one of her arresting officers, Raoul, who poses as her protector but wishes to rape her. Meanwhile, Anna becomes involved with a Canadian journalist named Paul, who is compiling information for an extensive journalistic treatment of the coup. Anna and Ben organize an escape for Eva, over the walls of a convent to the safety of an embassy.

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