Scroll down to see the exciting films that will be a part of the 6th Edition of the Montreal Greek Film Festival.
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2016. Director: Tassos Boulmetis. Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes.
“Tender, humorous and multilayered, a beautiful cinematic experience.” — Penelope Karageorge, National Herald
Synopsis: A bitter-sweet comedy about the coming of age of young Stavros, who experiences first love at a very young age. When his heart is broken, he inexplicably develops an imagination that bends and twists stories of classical Greek myths and legends. Every burst of love triggers a new mythic scenario. Visiting specialist after specialist with his baffled mother, he's finally diagnosed as having 'Mythopathy', by a local fortune-teller who knows all about the South Winds that blow.
2016. Director: George Kordellas. Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes.
A blockbuster hit in both Greece and Turkey within its first week of release, Rosa of Smyrna will close out MGFF 2018 at the Rialto Theatre.
Synopsis: Preparing for an exhibition in the Turkish city of Izmir (formerly known as Smyrna before the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922), a collector of historic objects and curiosities finds an untold story waiting in the depths of a small antiques store: a wedding dress stained with blood, a photograph and a letter. These three items lead him and his girlfriend, to the enigmatic Roza, matriarch of a once powerful family with an even more powerful secret.
2016. Director: Vassilis Mazomenos. Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes.
“A modern day Greek tragedy in seven vignettes on the current economic, social and political crisis.” - Hollywood Reporter
Synopsis: A homeless man, a farmer, a politician, a husband caring for his sick wife, a career woman, a factory owner and the President of Greece himself – seven people with seven very different stories take centre stage in Vassilis Mazomenos’ look at how the Greek economic crisis affected – and continues to affect – those on the frontline.
2016. Director: Stergios Paschos. Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes.
A world-wide festival favorite that turns the romantic comedy genre upside down!
Synopsis: Nikos, still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, invites her to a luxury villa he takes care of, where he locks them in and refuses to let her leave until she tells him why she doesn’t love him anymore. A funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.
2016. Director: Danae Elon. Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes.
A riveting documentary by Montreal filmmaker Danae Elon.
Synopsis: In 2005 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irineos was accused of selling church property to Jewish settlers. He denied all the accusations. But for the first time in the church's 2000-year history, its leader was ousted. For 11 long years, Irineos was imprisoned in his chambers. In this first person account, Elon unravels what really happened to the former Patriarch.
2016. Director: Dimitri Athaniti. Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes.
A story of revenge and the economic struggles of the lower middle class in Greece.
Synopsis: Aris, 38, a factory worker, is fired without any warning. He is shocked. As his attempts to get his job back fail, he gradually becomes obsessed with the idea of taking justice into his own hands. He is ready to fulfill his goal when his ex-wife suddenly leaves their six-year-old son with him.
2018. Director: Lucas Paleocrassas. Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes.
The intimate stories of estranged refugees and struggling locals now hosting them
Synopsis: Set against the turbulent atmosphere of the refugee-ridden island of Lesbos, Citizen Xenos is a feature length documentary exploring the intense life changes of refugees, volunteers and locals in the middle of the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time.
2017. Director: Elina Psykou. Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes.
A startling journey into the end of innocence.
Synopsis: Set during the 2004 Athens Olympics, “Son of Sofia” tells the dark, coming-of-age story of Misha, a highly imaginative 11-year old boy who travels from Russia to Athens to join his mother. He is unaware a new father and a harsh reality await him there. As Misha struggles to adjust to his new life, his state of mind unravels to a state where fantasies about animals, murder and his mother dangerously commingle.
2017. Director: Tony Asimakopoulos. Running Time: 44 minutes.
A filmmaker goes in search of his Greek roots in Montreal's Park Extension neighborhood, a gateway for Canadian newcomers.
Synopsis: A bittersweet love letter to Park Extension, Montreal’s legendary immigrant neighborhood, as seen through the eyes of its lifelong Greek inhabitants, their South Asian neighbors, and a filmmaker rediscovering his roots.
2016. Director: Dannis Koromilas. Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes.
Synopsis: An epic documentary that compresses 200 tumultuous years of Greek history into 77 fascinating minutes. Toronto filmmaker Dannis Koromilas spent six years working on this passion project. He will attend the MGFF to present his film and take part in a Q&A after the screening.
BONUS: At the start of this screening, we will be presenting the first official trailer for Freedom Besieged, an unprecedented, hard-hitting, feature length documentary film exploring the Greek crisis and Greek identity through the eyes of its youth. The film is currently in post-production with a release date expected later this year.
For the first time at the Montreal Greek Film Festival!
Synopsis: Come on a short film journey with us! We are honoured to bring local and international short films with a Greek connection to the Montreal Greek Film Festival. Many thanks to all who submitted films this year.
2017. Director: Babis Tsokas. Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes.
An MGFF 2017 fan favourite, back by popular demand!
Synopsis: Our Maria Callas is a dramatized documentary, highlighting the Hellenic origins of the great diva of opera and reinforces the message that Greece is still home to many gifted music and film personalities.