Thursday, November 19, 2015

The AFI European Union Film Showcase is an excellent opportunity for Washington audiences to watch European cinema. This year the event takes place from December 1 to December 20 and includes international film festival award winners, European box–office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

 In this showcase, there are two Greek films that participate:

Sat, Dec. 12, 9:40 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 13, 7:15 p.m.
Angeliki Papoulia (DOGTOOTH) is galvanizing as Maria, a wife and mother driven to extremes by the collapse of her family, business and belief system in Syllas Tzoumerkas' scathing thriller. The film cross-cuts between the present, where Maria takes off in her SUV with a suitcase full of money and a fire behind her, and the past, where the interplay of marital and family relationships is revealed, and where her shopkeeper parents' mounting debt reflects Greece's recent economic crisis. This drama of family tensions, rages and sexual passions leads to an explosive conclusion. Official Selection, 2014 Locarno, 2015 Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. DIR/SCR Syllas Tzoumerkas; SCR Youla Boudali; PROD Jeroen Beker, Maria Drandaki, Ellen Havenith, Titus Kreyenberg. Greece, 2015, color, 83 min. In Greek, English and German with English subtitles.
Fri, Dec. 4, 9:20 p.m.; Sat, Dec. 5, 9:20 p.m.
Alexis Alexiou's hyper-stylish neo-noir follows 32 hours in the life of jazz club owner Stelios (Stelios Manias) as he tries to raise the money he owes gangster The Romanian (Mimi Branescu). Stelios tries to collect from the various characters who owe him money, but everyone from his drug dealer to the Albanian strip club operator to his cop brother have the same excuse: the economic crisis. Official Selection, 2015 Tribeca, Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. DIR/SCR Alexis Alexiou; PROD Thanassis Karathanos. Greece/Germany/Israel, 2015, color, 116 min. In Greek, German and Romanian with English subtitles.