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.
Tag Archives: Greece
Homo faber / Voyager (1991) Volker Schlöndorff, Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Drama, Romance, Art-house
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.
Kourastika na skotono tous agapitikous sou / I’m Tired of Killing Your Lovers (2002) Nikos Panayotopoulos, Nicos Arvanitis, Theofania Papathoma, Akilas Karazisis, Betty Arvaniti, Crime, Drama
A newspaper publisher fails in love with a female singer and starting spending enormous amount of money to satisfy her. Alongside he is accused of a murder and he’s being inquired by a police officer who is in love with the same woman.
Blackmail Boy / Oxygono (2003) Thanasis Papathanasiou, Michalis Reppas, Nena Menti, Maria Kavoyianni, Akilas Karazisis, Drama
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.
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.
Istoria mias kalpikis liras / The Counterfeit Coin (1955) Yorgos Tzavellas, Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilia Livykou, Mimis Fotopoulos, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and it subsequently passes into the hands of a beggar and a prostitute, a wealthy miser and a newly married couple where the husband is a poor artist.
Violent Rape / To nisi tis amartias (1976) Kostas Doukas, Giorgos Stratigakis, Lia Flessa, Petros Zarkadis, Adventure, Crime, Erotic
Christmas Tango / To tango ton Hristougennon (2011) Nikos Koutelidakis, Giannis Bezos, Yannis Stankoglou, Antinoos Albanis, Comedy, Drama
During the Greek junta, four people struggle with illicit desires at a military camp somewhere in Evros. Colonel Loggos is very much in love with his young wife, but the feelings are not mutual. She’s much more interested in Stefanos Karamanidis, a lieutenant determined to win her affections, who’s even learning the tango so he can ask her to dance at the upcoming Christmas party. Only problem is, his dance instructor, soldier Lazarou, a sensitive young man with an artistic disposition, suddenly finds himself faced with emotions he never even knew he had – emotions he’d barely admit to himself, let alone anybody else.
Euridice BA 2O37 (1975) Nikos Nikolaidis, Vera Tschechowa, John Moore, Niki Triantafillidi, Art-house, Drama
Euridice is living in purgatory awaiting her chance to return to the real world. Or is she just a mad woman hiding from her past increasingly going crazy due to her solitude. Visual treat from Greeks greatest export Nikos Nikolaidis, here making his feature debut. Euridice BA 2O37 is lovingly shot in stark B&W, the plots deliberately ambiguous but serves its purpose. Your never really sure whats real or just inside Euridices head. Vera Tschechowa is amazing in the lead, the roles very similar to Catherine Deneuves part in Polanskis Repulsion only with much more misery, female masturbation and doll castrating.