New Beginning

Xamou directed by Clio Fanouraki (Greece) 2017 reveals some of the hidden charms of Crete.

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As manager of a luxury hotel, Jonny is accustomed to a world of privilege. His ex wife and three children rely on him for financial support.

His sudden termination, after the sale of the hotel chain and a reshuffle of executive positions, leaves him emotionally adrift. He still dresses daily in suit and tie, but aside from efforts to find new employment, his waking hours are consumed by online gambling.

However, his life slowly changes from the moment his girlfriend coaxes him outside into the sunlight and his subsequent interaction with local people on the island.

Only two more days remain of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival. While closing night is already sold out, tickets are still available for Friday 19 October 2018.

More information at wwwgrfilm.com

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Free Spirit

Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France was certainly a highlight of the 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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The title is also the name of its main character, who sings during the titles and both sings and dances at various times throughout the film.

What the film lacks in pure cinematic technique is more than made up for through its generous portrayal of human life in difficult times.

Djam is a young, attractive, street-wise woman able to meet most of the challenges during her journey from the Greek island of Lesvos to Istanbul and back. Entrusted to accomplish a mission she’s quite capable of completing.

The film is hopeful and celebratory despite terrible conditions in this dark era.

The festival continues through the end of this week.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival at www.grfilm.com.

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Greek Films

The 15th San Francisco Greek Film Festival runs from 12 – 21 October 2018.

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Opening night this year will be at Lucas Film in the Presidio and closing night at Dolby Cinema on Market and Ninth Streets. All other films will be shown at Delancy Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco.

I look forward to seeing Djam directed by Tony Gatlif (2017) France, Xanou directed by Clio Fanouraki (2016) Greece, Jamaica directed by Andreas Morfonios (2017) Greece, and Polyxeni directed by Dora Masklavanou (2017) Greece.

Contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival for more information and tickets.

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Greek Film 14

The 14th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival takes place 14 – 22 October 2017 at Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Many of this year’s films contain violence. Perhaps it’s indicative of the social tensions related to the current economic crises and the humanitarian disaster driving people to flee the ongoing wars in the adjoining region.

My picks for the most appealing features are Afterlov, a comedy directed by Stergios Paschos (2016) Greece, screening Wednesday 18 October 2017 and Roza Of Smyrna, a drama directed by George Kordellas (2016) Greece, screening Friday 20 October 2017. All programs begin 7:30 PM.

For a complete schedule see Greek Film Festival.

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Lucky Thirteen

The 13th annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival runs 15 – 22 October 2016 at the Delancy Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Mythopathy directed by Tassos Boulmetis (Greece) 20016 is the opening night feature film. It will be preceded by two shorts: Without Milk directed by Thodoris Vournas and Joanna directed by Panayiotis Fafoutis.

Other features include: Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Erotica, Erotica, Etc. by Evangelia Kraniot, SMAC by Elias Demetriou, Wednesday 04:45 by Alexis Alexiou, Invisible by Dimitris Athanitis, Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari, and Cloudy Sunday by Manousos Manousakis.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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Mother Daughter

The Meddler written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (USA) 2016 is about a widow who moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be with her daughter.

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Marnie is well-provided after the death of her husband but at a loss emotionally, however the constant attention she showers on her only child is overwhelming.

When the two are temporarily separated, Marnie tries to help several people she meets in the neighborhood.

The leading character elicits lots of laughter and even some tears.

Along the way she deals with the Italian family she married into and the soundtrack even includes a familiar Greek tune. While the Mediterranean touch is incidental to the film, the marvelous performance by Susan Sarandon is a delight.

The Meddler opens 29 April 2016 at the Century 9 in San Francisco. And 6 May 2016 at Landmark Albany Twin in Albany, Century 16 in Pleasant Hill, Landmark Aquarius Twin in Palo Alto, Cinearts at Santana Row in San Jose, and Regency Cinemas Six in San Rafael.

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SFIFF 59

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival takes place 21 April to 5 May 2016 at six Bay Area venues.

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France: The Apostate, As I Open My Eyes, Blood Of My Blood, Cowboys, Dead Slow Ahead, The Dream Of Bottom, The Innocents, Journey To The Shore, Love & Friendship, Microbe And Gasoline, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Nephtali, No Home Movie, Phantom Boy, Suite Armoricaine, Welcome To My Life, The White Knights, Winter Song, and A Young Patriot.

Israel: Mountain, Mr. Gaga, and Presenting Princess Shaw.

Lebanon: Abu Ammar Is Coming and Very Big Shot.

Spain: The Apostate, Dead Slow Ahead, and Night Without Distance.

Turkey: Frenzy and Sept-Oct 2015 Cizne.

Also: Chevalier (Greece), Blood Of My Blood (Italy), False Start (Morocco), and As I Open My Eyes (Tunisia).

The San Francisco venues are Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Castro Theatre, Gray Area, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre. Plus the new BAMPFA in Berkeley.

For more information and tickets contact San Francisco Film Society.

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