Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Όταν ο Βάγκνερ συνάντησε τις ντομάτες | When tomatoes met Wagner (2019) by Marianna Economou

On Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 19:00 and on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 21:00 the documentary When tomatoes met Wagner (Greece, 2019, 72 min, colour) by Marianna Economou will be screened in cinema Utopia, in the Greek original version with English subtitles. The film is suitable for children older than 12. The documentary was submitted by Greece for the Best International Feature Film Award at the 2020 Academy Awards.



Synopsis


The film is a story about an ordinary rural community, where things start to happen in an extraordinary way. After centuries of introversion, the tomato stirs up life in the village and its thirty three elderly inhabitants respond to a new reality. On top of this, Alexandros plays Wagner in the tomato fields to help them grow, uses stories to market the products and convinces people from all over the world to visit Elias. With humour and poetry, When Tomatoes Met Wagner speaks to us about the power of human relationships and the importance of reinventing oneself during difficult times.

Elias, a small farming village in central Greece, is dying out. But two cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate the tomato seeds they have kept for hundreds of years. With a little help from Wagner’s music –which they use to help their tomatoes grow– the team succeeds to export little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world. The film follows the protagonists of this unlikely quest, as they struggle to survive and make their dream come true. Humorous and bittersweet, this is a story about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis and the power of human relationships.

Trailer



https://vimeo.com/315176567

A few words about the director


Marianna Economou studied anthropology, photojournalism and film production in London. Since 2000, she directs and produces documentary series and independent films of Greek production and co-productions with European broadcasters such as the BBC, ARTE and YLE. She has received awards for The School, My Place in the Dance, Please Listen to Me, Bells, Threads And Miracles, Twelve Neighbours, Food for Love and The Longest Run which was nominated for the European Film Awards 2016. The Longest Run also won the VER.DI award at Dok Leipzig.



More information


https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/370505/#cm
http://www.anemon.gr/films/film-detail/when-tomatoes-met-wagner
https://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2019/02_programm_2019/02_Filmdatenblatt_2019_201911130.html#tab=filmStills
https://www.visionsdureel.ch/2019/film/when-tomatoes-met-wagner
https://www.filmfestival.gr/en/movie-tdf/movie/12108
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2020-oscars-greece-selects-tomatoes-met-wagner-international-feature-film-category-1240970

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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ο μεγάλος περίπατος της Άλκης | Alki's long walk (2017) by Margarita Manda

On Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 19:00 and on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 21:00 the documentary Alki's long walk (Greece, 2017, 88 min, colour) by Margarita Manda will be screened in cinema Utopia, in the presence of the film director, in the Greek original version with English subtitles. The film is suitable for children older than 12. Unfortunately, Mrs Zei will not be able to join us, due to health issues.

Synopsis


A cinematic journey in the tumultuous life and prolific works of Greek novelist, Alki Zei. Α life that accumulates Greece’s entire 20th century history and writings that have received international success and continue to be honoured, touching generations and generations of readers. Based predominantly on the verbal testimonies of Alki Zei herself, but also those of her sister, Heleni Kokkou and her dear friends and fellow-travellers, film director Manos Zacharias and poet Titos Patrikios.

Trailer


https://vimeo.com/205566380

A few words about the director


Born in Athens. She studied Political Science, French Literature and film direction. She has worked as 1st assistant director with Theo Angelopoulos and many other Greek directors. She has written and directed various short and feature films, both fiction and documentaries, as well as videos for stage shows and corporate videos. She has been the editor and co-writer in the published screenplays of Theo Angelopoulos films “Ulysses’ Gaze” (publ. Kastaniotis, 1995) and “Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow” (publ. Electra, 2004). Her novel “Still Memory” was published by “Metechmio” in October 2002. Her personal diaries from the shooting of Theo Angelopoulos’ “Ulysses’ Gaze” became her second published work also by “Metechmio” in February 2013. 

As a film director, Margarita’s films have won various awards and have been selected in various festivals around the world. The Hollywood Reporter wrote for her film “Forever”: “superb performances and artful filmmaking make this minimalistic exercise quietly affecting” which comprises her vision as a filmmaker.
 

Selective filmography


• “Alki’s long walk”, feature length documentary, 2017
• “Forever”, feature length fiction, 2014
• “Gold Dust”, feature length fiction film, 2009
• “New Odessa – the village of the lake”, medium length documentary, 2004
• “Guardians of Time”, feature length documentary, 2002

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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Τέλειοι ξένοι | Perfect strangers (2016) by Thodoris Atheridis

On Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 19:00 and on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 21:00 the comedy Perfect strangers  (Greece, 2016, 100 min, colour) by Thodoris Atheridis will be screened in cinema Utopia in the Greek original version with English subtitles. The film is suitable for children older than 16 years.

Synopsis


Each one of us has got three lives: a public, a personal and a secret one. Our lives, which used to be safe in our memories and our personal files are now locked in our cell phones’ SIM cards. What if this small plastic object could speak? What would it reveal? How much does this "black box" of our lives define us?

The story unfolds during a full moon night. Seven friends meet up for dinner and Martha, the psychologist, proposes to play a game: everybody should leave their cell phones on the table so that everybody can check the calls and the messages reaching the devices. Deep secrets will come to the surface, shaking their lives and threatening their relationships.

Cast


Thodoris Atheridis, Smaragda Karydi, Maria Nafpliotou, Alkis Kourkoulos, Evaggelia Syriopoulou, Giannos Perlergas, Makis Papadimitriou

Trailer




More information


A few words about the director


Born in Thessaloniki in 1965, Thodoris Atheridis has performed on stage, in television and cinema. He was an actor and writer for the musical theatrical group Agami Thite. He has worked in television and film productions both as an actor, scriptwriter and director, especially in recent years.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Σ'αυτή τη χώρα κανείς δεν ήξερε να κλαίει | In this land nobody knew how to cry (2018) by Giorgos Panoussopoulos

On Tuesday 18 June at 19:00 and on Wednesday 19 June at 21:00 the comedy In this land nobody knew how to cry (Greece, 2018, 90 min, colour, in the Greek original version with English subtitles) by Giorgos Panoussopoulos will be screened in cinema Utopia. The film is suitable for children older than 16 years.


Synopsis


In this unconventional comedy, a French member of the European Parliament and his assistant, a Greek economist, end up in Armenaki, an islet lost somewhere in the Aegean Sea. They are there in an official political mission and obstinate to finish the work as soon as possible. However, the place and its residents are said to be miraculous and able to change people's lives. A spiral of unforeseen events we'll not let them go and force both to reconsider their way of thinking and living. They meet with a visionary teacher and a rugged widow and let themselves get carried away by the vortex of love. They finally decide to live in freedom.

Without roads, money or banks Armenaki is a paradise for easy-going, flirtatious, fun-loving people. A comedy full of summer, a healthy amount of madness, love and passion for life.

Cast


Margarita Panousopoulou, Babis Xatzidakis, Foteini Tsakiri, Yannis Hatziyannis, Valeria Christodoulidou, Stavros Mermigis, Serge Requet-Barville

Trailer https://vimeo.com/281133451

A few words about the director


Giorgos Panoussopoulos, born in 1942 lives and works in Athens. In 1978 he directed his first feature film, Honeymoon, and since 1968 he has filmed seven feature films and over a thousand commercial spots as director, cinematographer and producer. He has worked with many distinguished directors such as Pantelis Voulgaris, Theo Aggelopoulos and Nikos Perakis.

What did the Press say?


http://en.aiff.gr/tribute_to_giorgos_panousopoulos/arthro/in_this_land_nobody_knew_how_to_cry-15553569/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8561698/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl


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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Επιστροφή στην κορυφή | 2917: Back to the top (2018) by Stratis Chatzielenoudas

On Tuesday 14 May at 19:00 and on Wednesday 15 May at 21:00 the documentary BACK TO THE TOP (Greece, 2018, 95 min, colour, in the Greek original version with English subtitles) by Stratis Chatzielenoudas will be screened in cinema Utopia. The film is suitable for children older than 16 years.

Synopsis



Back to the Top chronicles the never-give-up attitude of Leonidas, a wheelchair-bound punk band drummer in his early 30s who sets out to conquer the 2,917-meter peak of Mount Olympus with the help of a bunch of good friends.


Trailer



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GN0J7eYKdI&feature=youtu.be

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5844772/?ref_=nm_knf_t3



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Monday, 1 April 2019

DJAM (2017) by Tony Gatlif

On Tuesday 9 April at 19:00 and on Wednesday 10 April at 21:00 the Greek cinema club will screen the film DJAM by Tony Gatlif  (France, Greece, Turkey, 2017, 97 min, in the French and Greek original version with english subtitles) in cine Utopia.

The film is suitable for children older than 16 years.
Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the screenings.

Synopsis


Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos, a former sailor and passionate fan of Rebetiko, on a mission to find a rare engine part for their boat. There she meets Avril, 19, who came from France to volunteer with refugees, ran out of money, and knows no one in Turkey. As their destinies cross, the ecstasy of music will lead them into a journey towards freedom.
A female road movie set between Greece and Turkey, that looks at current cultural, social and economic issues that afflict that part of Europe today, but that also celebrates the traditional Greek song form rebetiko.

Cast


Daphné Patakia, Simon Abkarian, Maryne Cayon, Kimon Kouris, Solon Lekkas, Yannis Bostantzoglou, Eleftheria Komi

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0TSclmBs60

Toni Gatlif was born in Algeria of Pied noir ancestry. After his childhood there, Gatlif arrived in France in 1960 following the Algerian War of Independence. He works as a screenwriter, composer, actor, and producer. His 2004 film Exils, won the Best Director Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8_EeH2SnPY interview with Tony Gatlif

Filmography


1993 Latcho Drom, 1997 Gadjo dilo, 2000 Vengo, 2001 Swing, 2004 Exils, 2012 Indignados, 2017 Djam

What did the Press say

 

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Έξοδος 1826 | 1826 A road of no return (2017) by Vasilis Tsikaras

On Tuesday 19 March at 19:00 and on Wednesday 20 March at 21:00 the Greek cinema club will screen the film Exodos 1826 by Vasilis Tsikaras in cine Utopia.

Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the screenings.


Synopsis


A war drama based on the historical research of the author and director Vassilis Tsikaras. 

The story is based on true events and the Greek folk song "Sons of Samarina", about 120 brave men who rushed to fight alongside the besieged Greeks during the heroic Exodus of Missolonghi in 1826.

Cast


Dimitris Papadopoulos, Leonidas Kakouris, Maria Androutsou, Christos Batzios, Vasilis Tsikaras

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ρόζα της Σμύρνης | Roza of Smyrna (2016) by Giorgos Kordellas

On Tuesday 26 February at 19:00 and on Wednesday 27 February at 21:00 the film Roza of Smyrna Sunday (Greece, 2016, 95 min, colour, English subtitles) by Giorgos Kordellas will be screened in cinema Utopia. The film is not suitable for children under 16 years.

Synopsis


Izmir 1922: Young Roza, the child of a wealthy family, is preparing to get married.
Athens 1987: Roza lives with her granddaughter Mariana and along with powerful Ismael, carries a well-kept secret that she does not will to share with anyone.
But the passion of a collector, Dimitris a young architect, leads him to the coast of Asia Minor and more specifically to the footsteps of enigmatic Roza. An old photo and a wedding dress is enough to retract an old love story and a new to be born.
The smell of the antique shops, the charm of the trips, the challenge of the mystery, the power of love in past and present, create the atmosphere and the itinerary of the heroes in Athens, Izmir and Istanbul to discover that people’s short stories are the ones that seal the great History.

Cast


Tasos Nousias, Evgenia Dimitropoulou, Leda Protopsalti, Yılmaz Gruda, Yulika Skafida, Petros Lagoutis, Cem Aksakal, Haris Emmanouil, Kostas Kazanas, Aysan Sümercan, Giannis Thomas, Penny Agorastou.

Trailer

Thursday, 10 January 2019


Θέλετε να γίνετε μέλη στην Ελληνική Κινηματογραφική Λέσχη Λουξεμβούργου;



Η συνδρομή για το 2019 σας προσφέρει:

- Μειωμένο εισιτήριο 5€ στις προβολές της Ciné-Club Hellénique de Luxembourg στον κινηματογράφο Ciné Utopia.

- Ενεργό συμμετοχή στην επιλογή ταινιών και τον προγραμματισμό εκδηλώσεων!

- Άμεση πληροφόρηση για τις δραστηριότητες της Λέσχης, και Δικαίωμα ψήφου στις γενικές συνελεύσεις.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Ουζερί Τσιτσάνης | Cloudy Sunday (2015) by Manousos Manousakis

On Tuesday 22 January at 19:00 and on Wednesday 23 January at 21:00 the film Cloudy Sunday (Greece, 2015, 116 min, colour, English subtitles) by Manousos Manousakis will be screened in cinema Utopia. The film not suitable for children under 16 years.

Synopsis


During the tumultuous 1943, against the backdrop of a German-occupied Thessaloniki, two star-crossed lovers struggle to surmount prejudice and fear, as the brutalities against the town's persecuted Jewish community escalate.
A box office hit in Greece, this is a powerful and beautifully rendered telling of war-time romance in Thessaloniki between a Jewish girl and a young resistance fighter. Cloudy Sunday is a compelling drama about love, and about the evil and brutality of war, made even more poignant by the wistful songs of famous songwriter Vassilis Tsitsanis and the enchanting classics of Sephardic Jewish music.

Inspired by real events, and adapted from George Skarbadonis’s novel Ouzeri Tsitsanis.

Cast


Andreas Konstantinou, Haris Fragoulis, Christina Hilla Fameli, Vasiliki Troufakou, Yannis Stankoglou, Gerasimos Skiadaressis, Alberto Eskenazy, Maria Kavoukidou, Mihalis Aerakis


Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLZ0D-LWWs4

What did the Press say


http://ukjewishfilm.org/film/cloudy-sunday/

A few words about the director

Manousos Manousakis was born in Athens, Greece as Manousos Tatakis. He is a director and writer, known for I Skiahtra (1985), Vartholomaios (1974) and Arhontes (1977). He is nephew of Irene Papas. He is an avid sailor and has won several regattas.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Απολογισμός δεκαετίας plus

Η Ελληνική Κινηματογραφική Λέσχη Λουξεμβούργου λειτουργεί ανελλιπώς ως Μη Κερδοσκοπική Οργάνωση από το 2002 προβάλλοντας Ελληνικές ταινίες των τελευταίων κυρίως δεκαετιών. Οι προβολές γίνονται μία φορά το μήνα στον κινηματογράφο Utopia και οι ταινίες είναι σε original version με αγγλικούς ή γαλλικούς υπότιτλους, ενώ ενίοτε προσκαλούνται και οι σκηνοθέτες των ταινιών για να προλογίσουν την ταινία τους και να δεχτούν ερωτήσεις από το κοινό.

Προς χάριν ενημέρωσης, παραθέτουμε εδώ όλες τις ταινίες που έχει προβάλλει η Ελληνική Κινηματογραφική Λέσχη Λουξεμβούργου ή αλλιώς CineClub Hellenique από το 2002. Οι προβολές συνεχίζονται κανονικά και τακτική ενημέρωση παρέχεται μέσω αυτού του Blog και του μηνιαίου μας Newsletter, στο οποίο μπορείτε να εγγραφείτε εδώ.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Kissing? | Όντως φιλιούνται; [2016] by Yannis Korres


On Tuesday 11 December at 19:00 and on Wednesday 12 December at 21:00 the film KISSING? (Greece, 2016, 77 min, colour, English subtitles) by Yannis Korres will be screened in cinema Utopia. The film not suitable for children under 16 years.

Synopsis


Just before turning thirty Danny and Stella belong to an undefined generation, shaken by the financial crisis at a time they should be prospering and set adrift in its aftermath.

But while the confusion and chaos of the world passes them by, Danny thinks he’s too good for it, Stella thinks it’s not good enough for her and the question remains: Are they good enough for each other?

This is the chronicle of their relationship that reveals the portrait of their generation with sarcastic humour and sincerity.


Cast


Thanasis Petropoulos, Iro-Eleni Bezou, Omiros Poulakis

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbB4k14cbf4


What did the press say


http://greekfilmfestival.com.au/program/417/kissing


A few words about the director


He was born in Athens in 1986. He studied Filmmaking at the Film and Television Department of New York College. He then worked on short and feature films as an assistant director. Kissing? is his feature film debut.

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