The third Dublin Greek Film Festival takes place from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October at Chester Beatty Library, Filmbase and The Sugar Club. The Festival will be presenting cinematic visions of Greece through features, documentaries and shorts along with few special events.
After a successful second edition the festival is back 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 will kick off with the screening of the movie Xamou, which will take the audience to the island of Crete, through its breath-taking cinematography and its original music at Chester Beatty Library on 19 October at 6pm. This sold out screening will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by Gaia Wines.
The Longest Run (2015), an award-winning documentary by Marianna Economou (Prize of the Trade Union, Doc Leipzig) about two under age refugees in a Greek prison, will open the second day of the Festival on Friday October 21 at 6pm, Filmbase.
Also on Friday the cinema lovers will have the opportunity to see the new movie by the Greek-Cypriot Director Petros Charalambous, Boy on the Bridge’ (Best Film at 29th European Cinema Panorama 2016). Filmbase, 8pm.
On Saturday 22 October the Festival invites cinema goers to the free screening of the short documentary True Blue by Haris Raftogiannis, and to the award winning documentary Next Stop: Utopia (Silver medal at the 35th URTI International Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary) which talks about the closure of a Greek factory and the struggle of the Greek workers to self-manage it, Filmbase, 6 pm. Suntan (2016), the award winning movie by Argiris Papadimitropoulos (Best International Feature Film at Edinburg International Film Festival, 2016) will close the third day of the Festival , Filmbase, 8pm.
On Sunday the Festival will come to an end with the screening of Amerika Square (FIPRESCI Prize and Special Youth Jury Award at Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece, 2016) by Yiannis Sakarisis. The movie talks about an unemployed, Greek nationalist in Athens that has his world turned upside-down when his apartment building and beloved city park becomes a home for migrants in transit across Europe.
A concert of Kristi Stasinopoulou will follow at 7.30, The Sugar Club. Kristi and her long-time collaborator Stathis Kalyviotis have performed in big festivals in the past, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival Canada, Barbican Launch London UK and Womex 2002 Essen Germany. Pioneers of reinvented folk, Kristi and Stathis remix traditional demotika songs to reflect their own experiences of urban life in Greece. A previous release by the acclaimed duo topped the World Music Chart for five months, and they are coming to Ireland for the first time to shake up the Dublin music scene.
In addition to screenings and the music event the Festival will host a photographic exhibition by a Dublin-based Greek photographer Kostantinos Epoimenidis (Wednesday 18 October-Saturday 21 October at Filmbase). ‘My intent, in this work, is to express the beauty, diversity and mystery of the land and sea of Greece, while creating contemplative and meditative open-ended images, that trigger our collective memory and ignite new perspectives on nature and ourselves beyond the known’ says Epoimenidis about the exhibition.