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Dublin Greek Film Festival 2015

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23rd–26th April 2015

The first Dublin Greek Film Festival will take place from Thursday 23rd April – Sunday 26th April at Chester Beatty Library, Filmbase and the New Theatre.

The Festival will showcase the latest films by both internationally established Greek directors and emerging filmmakers and it will highlight through the medium of film the cultural links between Ireland and Greece. All films listed below, have had strong presence throughout film festivals all over the world (Toronto Film Festival, Berlinale, Milan Film Festival, to mention a few). Tickets are available online at www.greekfilmfestival.ie.

The Festival will kick off with the screening of the award winning road documentary ‘The Grocer’ (Audience Award at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in 2013), at Chester Beatty Library on Thursday 23 April. The movie is an attempt to depict and preserve a vanishing way of life in the mountains of Northern Greece. The Director of the film, Mr Dimitris Koutsiabasakos will be present at the screening.

Boy Eating the Birds Food (2012), which tells a story of a 22-year-old boy who lives in Athens during the crisis, is returning to Ireland after it’s Irish debut at Galway Film Fleadh festival in 2013, where it won The Best International First Feature Award. The screening, which takes place at Filmbase on Friday 24th April, will be preceded by an introduction to the ‘Weird Wave of Greek Cinema’ by film scholar Mikela Fotiou.

On Saturday 25th April Dublin Greek Film Festival invites cinema goers to the screening of the movies Morning Patrol and Wild Duck at The New Theatre. Classic Morning Patrol is a 1987 Greek dramatic, postmodern, art film directed by Nikos Nikolaidis (5 times Best Director Award). Wild Duck (Toronto International Film Festival 2013), which tells the story of a bankrupt telecom’s engineer, cleverly meshes the omnipresence of Greece’s current economic climate with age-old moral impasses.

On Saturday afternoon the Dublin Greek Film Festival and Chester Beatty Library invite people of all ages to a free Greek Traditional Dance Workshop facilitated by dancer Katerini Papathanasiou. During a two hour session people will get a chance to learn basic circle dances from all over Greece and their history.

On Sunday 26th April  the Festival day will begin with the screening of the Greek-Cypriot production Fish ‘n Chips (2011) at The New Theatre. The movie tells the story of a hard working Cypriot immigrant who decides to leave London for his native Cyprus (Best Actor and Audience Award at Cyprus Film Days, Third Award – EUFF Toronto).

Also on Sunday 26th April, festival organisers invite cinema audiences to the screening of The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, a film about a famous Greek TV anchorman who fakes his own kidnapping in a desperate bid to salvage his ailing career. The movie, which is a satire on celebrity and media cynicism in an age of austerity, received the award of ‘Best Work in Progress’ in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival two years ago.

The Festival will finish with a screening of a Surprise Movie, which will be announced three weeks prior to the Festival.

For more information about the programme visit www.greekfilmfestival.ie or find Dublin Greek Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter, Google + or YouTube.