Friday, 27 November 2015

The Godmother | H Νονά (2014) by Stelios Kouloglou

On Tuesday 8 December at 19:00 and on Wednesday 9 December at 21:00 the documentary The Godmother (Greece, 2014, colour, 105 min) by Stelios Kouloglou will be screened in cinema Utopia in the original Greek version with English subtitles. The director will be present for the screening of Tuesday. Not suitable for children under 16 years.


Α few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Angela Merkel, an insignificant physicist from East Germany who was not interested in politics, is the most powerful woman in the world. Her teacher from the small town where she grew up, believes that she is the smartest student he ever had. Those who have worked with her, support that “Merkiavelli” exercises power without moral barriers, just as Machiavelli taught. A journalist, who knows her well, supports that she uses the methods of a Mafia godmother. In 2008, the German Chancellor was asked to cope with the international financial crisis. The countries of the South were in the test tube. “If I was writing a book for the shock doctrine now”, says Naomi Klein, “it would be for Greece”. How did Merkel manage to impose the German hegemony in Europe? 

About the director 

Studies in Paris and Tokyo. Correspondent for the Greek Radio and TV in Paris (1983-84), in Moscow during perestroika (1989-93) and during the war in Yugoslavia (92-95). Regular collaborator for ARTE’s news program «7 heures et demi». Editor-in-chief and producer of “Reportage Without Frontiers” (1996-2012), a weekly current affairs and documentaries program awarded 4 times as the best informative program of the Greek television. Best Greek documentary award for his series of programs on the Greek civil war (2000), Eurocomenius award for the film “The Death Match” (2002). Producer and director of numerous grand reportages and documentaries for ARTE, ERT, including «Whistleblowers» (2004), "Welcome to Europe"(2011), “Oligarchy”(2012) and the internationally awarded (Seoul 2009, Zaragoza 2010) «Apology of an Economic Hit Man» (2008).

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Enemy Within | O Εχθρός μέσα μου (2013) by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos

On Tuesday 17 November at 19:00 and on Wednesday 18 November at 21:00 we will screen in cinema Utopia the film The Enemy Within (Greece, 2013, colour, 107 min) by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos. The film is in the original Greek version with English subtitles. It is not suitable for children under 16 years.


Kostas, a progressive ideologist, lives a regular life in Athens with his wife and their teenage daughter and son, until his home is ransacked by a hooded gang. The experience of extreme violence shatters the family's peace, bringing his father's hunting rifle violently into their lives. It is the story of a morally demolished man, who used to be the pillar of his family and of his struggle to get life back to normal.

Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Maria Zorba, Yiorgos Gallos, Antonis Karistinos, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Ariadni Kavalierou, Ilias Moulas, Kostas Antalopoulos, Nikos Dalas, Yannis Niarros, Konstadinos Moraitis, Anna Kalaitzidou, Thanos Grammenos, Tudor Chirila, Vesela Kazakova

About the director 

Yorgos Tsemberopoulos was born in Athens, studied economics in Greece and film at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he lived for six years directing documentaries, short films and theatre. Back in Greece he produces commercials and directs features, receiving many national awards. Among his films as director are: Megara (1974), a documentary that participated in nine festivals and won the Best Film Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Prize of the International Critics’ Association at the Forum Berlin Film Festival (1974). Back Door (2000) in competition in Tokyo IFF and Mar De Plata. In 2007 a three-film tribute to him took place in Kolkata IFF. The Enemy Within is his fifth feature.