25th Annual Greek Film Festival of Sydney announces additional screenings

Due to overwhelming demand and several sold out sessions, The Delphi Bank 25th Greek Film Festival have announced additional screenings of ‘The Last Note’, ‘Polyxeni’ and ‘Jamaica’, to the Sydney program.

This gives Sydneysiders another chance to watch the Festival’s most popular films.

With 800 people attending the Opening Night Gala to watch ‘The Last Note’, Festival Chair, Nia Karteris said they “are thrilled to give Sydney audiences more chances to see The Last Note and to experience this cinematic masterpiece about a very important time in Greece’s history.”

 

The Last Note

Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris, ‘The Last Note’ is a gripping historical drama based on true events. Napoleon Soukatzidis (played by Andreas Konstantinou) is an inmate of the Nazi’s Chaidari concentration camp. When a Greek resistance ambush claimed the life of a high-ranking German official and his escorts, 200 inmates are ordered to be executed, including Soukatzidis.

The film is in Greek with English subtitles.

Konstantinou’s standout performance in the film was recognised at this year’s Hellenic Film Academy Awards as he was awarded Best Actor.

“This is ultimately how we should be leaving screenings about the history of war and broken lives: with tears in our eyes.”Cineuropa

Polyxeni

‘Polyxeni’ is an epic and engrossing exploration of trust, tragedy and love. Inspired by true events, the film is set in 1955 and tells a story of a prominent and wealthy Greek couple living in Istanbul who adopt a young Greek civil war orphan, Polyxeni (Katia Goulioni), who has been separated from her brother. Upon the death of her adoptive father, Polyxeni is groomed to become a member of the Grecian elite and the heir to his significant estate.

Her affinity with the family’s Turkish servants and blossoming romance with local man Kerem  ignites a vicious internecine battle for the spoils of her late father’s fortune.

The film which is in Greek and Turkish with English subtitles, depicts a cross-cultural conflict, as well as the rise of a post-counter-culture feminism.

Jamaica

One of Greece’s most successful television makers, Andreas Morfonios made his film directorial debut with a crowd-pleasing ‘dramedy’ about two very different brothers.

‘Jamaica’ is a powerfully redemptive story that bursts with humour as it follows Timos (Fanis Mouratidis), a high-flying television presenter who is living life to the fullest, and his brother Akis (Spiros Papadopoulos), a taxi driver struggling to make ends meet. When a family tragedy strikes, the brothers who had drifted, reunite and are forced to set aside their fraternal enmity.

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Fanis Mouratidis) and Best Original Score at the 2018 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, as well as a Best Film nomination at the 2018 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, ‘Jamaica’ is a heartwarming, humorous treatise on the sweeping power of sibling love.

The film is in Greek with English subtitles.

 

EXTRA SESSIONS:            Sunday 21 October – The Last Note – 2.00pm

Monday 22 October – Polyxeni ¬ 7.00pm

Tuesday 23 October – The Last Note – 6.30pm

Wednesday 24 October – Jamaica – 7.00pm

WHERE:                              Palace Norton Street

99 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

TICKETS:                           www.palacecinemas.com.au/

WEBSITE:                          www.greekfilmfestival.com.au

FACEBOOK:                       www.facebook.com/GreekFilmFestival

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