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Highlights from the Delphi Bank 24th Greek Film Festival

Yasmin Khushairi

Thu Oct 12 2017


Experience the best Greek cinema has to offer at the 24th edition of the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival.

This year, you can expect award-winning features, documentaries and shorts filling up the program across 11 days from October 11 – 22 at The Astor Theatre and Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne.

Last night, the festival opened with the Aegean Sea’s version of Romeo and Juliet entitled Roza of Smyrna. A fantastic line-up of challenging films will screen throughout the festival, as well as those that touch on a myriad of issues. 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

This award-winning thriller by Oscar-nominated director, Yorgos Lanthimos stars some of major Hollywood names such as Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone.

An unsettling psychological thriller, Lanthimos’ feature follows a surgeon who must make an unthinkable sacrifice when his relationship with his son turns sinister. It’s a thriller that’s sure to leave you hanging on the edge of your seats.

Dogs of Democracy (2016)

Greek-Australian director, Mary Zournazi’s eye-opening debut documentary follows the lives of the stray dogs of Athens during the chaos of Greece’s financial crisis.

This touching documentary will restore your faith in humanity when these dogs, cared by the people of Greece, keep them united as a country.

Djam (2017)

This musical road film by award-winning director Tony Gatlif takes viewers on a road trip with a free-spirited Greek woman and a French woman full of wanderlust as they journey to Mytilene.

This big-hearted, life-affirming film touches on Southern Europe’s migrant situation as they drive to Turkey and back along the trail taken by many Syrian refugees.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2016)

Melbourne-based director, Sotiris Dounoukos’ first feature adapted from Helen Garner’s non-fiction book of the same title will send chills down your spine. If you missed this film the first time it screened across cinemas in Australia, you can catch it again at the festival. The story follows a mentally disturbed student who drugged her boyfriend with Rohypnol and heroin in 1997.

Cloudy Sunday (2015)

GFF 2016 sell-out film by director Manousos Manousakis returns to the festival for another screening! Set in 1942 when Thessaloniki was under Nazi occupation, this is a forbidden love story of a Jewish woman and Christian man who seek refuge in a tavern run by seminal Greek songwriter Vassilis Tsitsanis.

International and local shorts

In addition to the 15 international and local shorts will also be screened for the 8th Greek-Australian Short Film Festival. Some of the films include Please Resist Me directed by Melbourne slam poet Luka Lesson, winner of Best Screenplay at the Athens International Film Festival, Cube, and many more.

Don’t miss out on Australia’s biggest Greek film festival from 11 October – 22 October 2017 at the Astor Theatre, Palace Cinema Como. More information on the program, visit the official website.