Athens Beat

Two films reflect the current social and economic crises in Greece. Kipseli directed by Yannis Katsaboulas (Greece 2011) is a short about a young couple’s search for a stolen mobile phone in a busy Athens neighborhood.


What If… directed by Christoforos Papakaliatis (Greece) 2012, is a box office hit in Greece but may get little exposure abroad aside from festival screenings. It deserves a much wider audience. It’s a love story that follows the fate of a man, a woman, and a dog.

It begins one night with Dimitris and his canine companion, Lonesome. Will he or will he not take the dog for a walk? The film follows two possible consequences of that single decision. Romance, laughter, tears, and other more difficult situations reveal themselves over time as the characters move forward on two parallel tracks.

It was the perfect closing-night narrative feature for the 2013 San Francisco Greek Film Festival. The director, who also wrote the screenplay and played Dimitris, answered a few questions during the short Q and A following the screening.

copyright © 2013 by N. A. Diaman, all rights reserved

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