Different Strokes

Forever Young directed by Spiros Charalambous (Greece) 2015 was voted the winning short at the 12th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival and headed to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.


Most of the film takes place in a brothel. While his older brother is engaged in a sexual marathon with one of the young prostitutes, the younger brother storms out of the house after an unpleasant encounter with the young woman he paired with.

Waiting for his brother to finish and come outside, he and the madam initiate a conversation that leads to a surprising climax of the film

The prize for best feature-length film at the San Francisco Greek Film Festival went to Xenia directed by Panos Koutras (Greece/France/Belgium) 2014. The co-writer of the screenplay was my friend Panayiotis Evangelidis.

Xenia will screen again in the Bay Area during the upcoming Frameline film festival and is likely to have a theatrical run at some future time.

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Ti Amo

Blame Freud directed by Paolo Genovese (Italy) 2014 follows the challenging pursuit of love by three sisters and their psychoanalyst father. It touches on difficult issues with a light touch, primarily from a woman’s perspective, inspired by American romantic comedy.


Up To The World directed by Allessandro Lunardelli (Italy) 2013 definitely takes place in a man’s world periodically punctuated by outbursts of rage. It deals with a fraternal relationship as one brother pursues his younger sibling who is following a romantic infatuation.

Both films were screened during the 2014 New Italian Cinema mini-festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco, an annual event presented by the San Francisco Film Society.

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The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival runs 19 to 29 June 2014 at four Bay Area venues: the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco plus the Rialto Cinemas’ Elmwood in Berkeley.


Narrative features include: Cupcakes directed by Eytan Fox (Israel) 2013, Salvation Army directed by Abdellah Taia (France/Morocco) 2013, Stand directed by Jonathan Taieb (France/Russia) 2014, Violette directed by Martin Provost (France/Belgium) 2013, and You And The Night directed by Yann Gonzalez (France) 2013.

Documentary features are Mondo Homo directed by Herve Joseph Lebrun (France) 2013, Off Road directed by Elisa Amoroso (Italy) 2013, and Violette Leduc directed by Esther Hoffenberg (France) 2014.

For more information and tickets contact Frameline.

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Verdi Requiem

Mayor Luigi de Magistris of Naples visited San Francisco for the signing of three agreements of cooperation linking Naples and San Francisco, as part of his Unite The Two Bays initiative. The three major areas of interest are human rights, science and research, and technology.


In attendance at the ceremonies were Italian Consul-General Mauro Battocchi; Michael Sweet, chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Dr. William De Grado of UCSF; Professor Angela Lombardi of UNINA; and California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

The day’s celebration will conclude with a joint performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem by the San Francisco Opera and Naples’ Teatro San Carlo at the War Memorial Opera House on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco this evening.

Several young entrepreneurs and technology students will arrive from Naples to study at the Mind The Bridge Startup School.

Mayor de Magistris initiated civil unions in Naples and championed equal rights for all children born in Italy regardless of their parents’ origin. His city will host the Italian national LGBT pride celebration in 2014.

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