Greek Film Fest Chicago! Announces Complete Schedule and Lineup

FilmHellenes, sponsor of Greek Film Fest Chicago! (GFFC) has announced the complete schedule and lineup for its 1st annual festival, to take place September 29 – October 2, 2011 at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, the new National Hellenic Museum (Greektown) and the Portage Theater in Chicago. The four-day event will include screenings of internationally-acclaimed films, ATTENBERG, PLATO’S ACADEMY, EDUART, and the Academy-Award-nominated, DOGTOOTH, as well as works from up-and-coming filmmakers, including THE GUIDE, THE GUARDIAN’S SON, and the opening-night feature, GOLD DUST.


At the National Hellenic Museum, the Festival will host a full slate of historical documentaries, which will include MY SWEET CANARY, A SONG FOR ARGYRIS, CAPTAIN KEMAL, WOMEN OF CYPRUS and more.


Athenian Director Margarita Manda will open the festival with a VIP presentation of her film, GOLD DUST, followed by a VIP reception.


In keeping with the spirit of promoting emerging talent, the festival will also feature works by up-and-coming directors, such as THE GUIDE, by Zacharias Mavroeidis, a charming tale of an earnest Greek architectural guide attempting to lead a group of fun-minded European students on a tour of Athens, even as he comes to terms with his own identity.


“The Festival will also have the pleasure to introduce to Chicago audiences the work of a new talent, 19 year-old Konstantinos Chaliasas from Thessaloniki, whose three short films BEHIND THE SUNWINDOW ON NATURE, and TURN OVER A NEW LEAF that he submitted in our student category, immediately caught our attention. Konstantinos Chaliasas not only visualizes, writes, directs, does cinematography, composes the music (getting all the moods) and acts, but creates a Universe,” said co-founder Niko Franghias.


The 2011 Greek Film Fest Chicago! will close on Sunday, October 2 with THE GUARDIAN’S SON, directed by Dimitris Koutsiabassakos.


The Festival’s program categories are: Hellenic Current (recent narrative features, short subjects, animation, feature and short length documentaries); Flashes of History (historical documentaries); Young Ambition (student entries); and Chrysotheke, by festival invitation only, which salutes films that have put Greece on the map.


Click for a complete list of films, synopses and schedule.