Lausanne Legacy

Political cartoonist Soloúp (Antonis Nikolopoulos) is the author of Aivali, a historical graphic novel recounting the tragic events in the Aegean region a century ago. Originally published in Greece and translated into Turkish, this wonderful book is now available in English from Somerset Hall Press,

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The Treaty Of Lausanne, after the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922), set the terms for peace and included mandatory resettlement of Christians from Anatolia to The Kingdom Of Greece and Muslims from Greece to the Turkish Republic.

At the time it was promoted as the most humane solution to the outbreaks of violence between Greeks and Turks but neither peoples fully supported the forced uprooting of an estimated one and a half million Christians and half a million Muslims from their ancestral homes.

Aivali was a Greek village before the exchange and the home of Turkish refugees from Hania, Crete afterwards.

Soloúp includes the personal stories of three Greek writers and a Turkish writer who suffered through that difficult time and managed to survive. He speculates about the future possibilities of better relations between historically hostile groups.

The author maintains a positive perspective on life despite the many obstacles to peace that still remain in the world. I was touched by his beautiful creative work.

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Italian Cinema

Luce Cinecitta and The Italian Cultural Institute Of San Francisco present a weekend of contemporary films 22–24 November 2019 at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.

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The eight features scheduled are: The Traitor directed by Marco Bellocchio (Italy/France/Germany/Brazil) 2019, The Invisible Witness directed by Stefano Mordini (Italy) 2018, Vivere directed by Francesca Archibugi (Italy) 2019, Volare directed by Gabriele Salvatores (Italy) 2019, The First King: Birth of an Empire directed by Matteo Rovere (Italy) 2019, Food Makers directed by Enrica Cavalli (Italy) 2018, The Vice of Hope directed by Edoardo De Angelis (Italy) 2018, and Ordinary Happiness directed by Daniele Luchetti (Italy) 2019.

For more information contact Italian Cultural Institute.

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Border Crossing

Smuggling Hendrix directed by Marios Piperides (Cyprus) 2018 is a bittersweet comedy with heart.

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Just days before his departure from Cyprus for a better life abroad, Yiannis’ dog Hendrix escapes and runs across the buffer zone dividing the Greek and Turkish sections of the divided island nation.

The challenge of getting his dog back leads to several unexpected encounters that illuminate an unfortunate situation with no easy solutions.

Smuggling Hendrix was the delightful closing night film of the 16th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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Brief Interlude

Frankie directed by Ira Sachs (France/Portugal) 2019 stars Isabelle Huppert.

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A woman invites family and friends to a final time together to a picturesque site on the Portuguese Riviera, just west of the capital.

She seems resigned to what lies ahead for her but most of the others are either engaged in troubled relationships or are disturbed by their lack of romantic involvement.

Frankie moves through the day with calm and dignity observing other members of the extended family.

There is also stunning scenery of the area.

The film begins its theatrical run in the Bay Area 1 November 2019.

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