The fourth Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place from Thursday, 18th to Sunday, 21st October at the Chester Beatty Library, The New Theatre and The Sugar Club. The Festival will be presenting cinematic visions of Greece through features, documentaries and few special events.
After a successful third edition the festival is back to Dublin this October to bring some Greek culture to Ireland’s capital. We want to give people the opportunity to explore a different aspect of modern Greek culture and reality through various forms of art.
Kiki Konstantinidou, Co-Founder – Dublin Greek Film Festival
Dublin Greek Film Festival will kick off with the pre-festival screening of the movie While You Live, Shine directed by Paul Duane. This mesmerising film uses its swirling music & beautifully choreographed camerawork to delve into the human need for communal experience through music and dance, as shown in the ancient ‘panegyri’ of Epirus in Northern Greece, a three-day festival of ecstatic music & dancing. The screening will take place at Chester Beatty on Saturday, October 13th at 6pm followed by Q&A with Paul Duane and a wine reception sponsored by Gaia Wines.
The lunchtime free screening of shorts awarded at Drama International Short Film Festival 2017 in Greece, will be held at Chester Beatty on Thursday, October 18th.
On Friday, October 19th, the Festival invites cinema lovers to watch Polyxeni, the Greek entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, directed by Dora Masklavanou. This Greek period drama tells the story of an orphaned girl who is adopted by a family of Greeks in Constantinople and everyone expects from her a certain behavior that she is not prepared to follow. The New Theatre, 7pm
On Saturday, October 20th, the Festival invites cinema goers to the screening of Up To The Last Drop – The Secret Water War in Europe, a documentary directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos. Filmed also in Ireland and five other European countries, this documentary film about water and its privatization reflects contemporary European values and the quality of the current European democracy. The New Theatre, 5.30pm
Also on Saturday, October 20th, the Festival presents, The Last Note, the latest movie of the world-renowned Pantelis Voulgaris. In his new film, Voulgaris deals with one of the most important chapters of modern Greek history: the execution of 200 Greek resistance fighters by the German occupiers on May 1st, 1944 in Kaisariani, as reprisal for the Greek Resistance ambush against Nazis. The New Theatre, 7pm
On Sunday, October 21st, the Festival will come to an end with the screening of Happy Birthday and a concert of Kourelou at The Sugar Cub. Happy Birthday, directed by Christos Georgiou, mixes two highly volatile subjects: politics and adolescence. In this joint Greek and French production, its message is to bridge the divide between a father and daughter and opposing viewpoints within the context of family in hopes of mending a fractured nation. The screening will commence at 4.30pm.
It will be followed by a concert of UK based Kourelou at 6.30pm. The band, who have performed in many international music festivals, draws on Greek roots as well as music from other areas of the South Balkans to produce a vibrant musical mash with a contemporary twist. It offers the audience to experience music that has unbelievable traditional diversity and wealth in a way that is engaging, jazzy and dynamic.
For more information about the programme and to purchase tickets visit www.greekfilmfestival.ie