The film is the story of a group of soldiers, who, in the course of their compulsory military service in 1967 and 1968, before and during the military dictatorship in Greece, are assigned to the then recently founded Armed Forces Television. This TV station, founded for the civilian population, was run by the Cinematographic Unit of the army which until then had only produced propaganda films and newsreels and was responsible for entertaining the troops and other charity organizations with movie screenings. The personnel was composed mostly of soldiers, who already had experience in the film business in their civilian lives, as well as those who received their training in the army. The story may be only 95% true, but that is simply because the true story is even more absurd…
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Mia zoi tin ehoume / We Have Only One Life (1958) Yorgos Javellas, Yvonne Sanson, Dimitris Horn, Vasilis Avlonitis, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Kleon is a poor man trying to make his living with a small job at a bank. One day, he discovers an accounting error and deciding not to report it, he takes the money and instantly becomes rich. This gives him the chance to live the rich life of his dreams, but is there any chance for this change to go unnoticed by the bank?
Mavro livadi / Black Field (2009) Vardis Marinakis, Sofia Georgovassili, Hristos Passalis, Despina Bebedelli, Drama, Romance
Greece, 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. The central focus of the film does not come out of its historical context but is derived from the relationship between the two main characters and, above all, from the quest for freedom and identity for young Anthi. The initially silent sister, hiding a surprising secret, discovers heretofore unknown desires that lead her to a radically altered view of herself.
Oi tembelides tis eforis koiladas / The Idlers of the Fertile Valley (1978) Nikos Panayotopoulos, Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Dimitris Poulikakos, Comedy, Drama
A father moves with his three sons and their beautiful, hard working servant in a big, old house in the countryside, where a weird drowsiness seems to occupy the four men. Will it be possible for one of them to break free?
Oi Klironomoi / The Heirs (1964) Giannis Dalianidis, Dinos Iliopoulos, Costas Hajihristos, Martha Karagianni, Comedy
Three distant cousins, barber Panagiotis; unemployed Sotiris, who wants to open a club; and dancer Mary, are the heirs of a house of haute couture. Mr. Errikos, the manager of the house, is the fourth heir. Each of the deceased’s nephews and the manager inherit 24% of the business, whereas the niece gets 28%. Dividing such an inheritance in four parts makes things rather difficult, especially when the beneficiaries have no knowledge of the profession. While the other three try to engineer each other’s ruin, vivacious Mary pretends to be a model, steals Errikos’ heart and thus gains control of the fashion house. In the meantime, Sotiris and Panagiotis fall in love with two girls who work there, Kaiti and Fofi, and so everything falls into place.
Arhangelos tou pathous / Potlatch (1987) Nikos Vergitsis, Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Isabel Otero, Patrick Bauchau, Drama, Erotic
A young Greek composer is trying to escape the era’s disease, apathy. After his wife falls into an irreversible coma, he travels to Paris where he wants to meet Aphrodite, a girl who impressed him with her photos in the papers years ago. He hopes that she will tell him the word he expects before midnight on his coming birthday, therefore grant him an extension of his life.
Pote tin Kyriaki / Never on Sunday (1960) Jules Dassin, Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Illia is Piraeus’s most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer’s classical ideal or Illia’s?
Adikos kosmos / Unfair World (2011) Filippos Tsitos, Makis Papadimitriou, Minas Hatzisavvas, Christos Stergioglou, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Sotiris is a police interrogator in Athens. He has an obsession: he needs to be fair. He judges the suspects after his personal moral and against the law. With the intention to save another innocent soul, he accidentally kills a man. Dora is the only witness to the crime. She is a poor cleaning woman who leads a breathless life. The struggle to survive has made her unfair. The righteous Sotiris and the unrighteous Dora like each other. But love, honesty and justice aren’t easy to combine.
Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence.