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19th Greek Film Festival

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Experience Contemporary Greek Culture
Held at the Palace Norton Street Cinemas in Leichhardt, the 19th Greek Film Festival promises to entertain like only the Greeks can. Included are a collection of over 30 contemporary Greek films screening and special events such as traditional Cypriot mezedes and wine priorat, prior to a screening or Q and A sessions with Assoc. Prof Vrasidas Karalis of the Modern Greek Department of the University of Sydney dotted throughout the festival (see here for special event screening details). This should be an interesting adventure.

This little book has a wealth of information on films which will be screened at the festival

One film which is set to be interesting this year is Ektoras Lygizos' Boy Eating the Bird's Food, which takes a confronting look at Greece's condition. As put by the Toronto International Film Festival "[so] intensely corporeal that it can be almost painful to watch. An unforgettable experience, Lygizos' debut feature marks him as one of the most impressive new talents to emerge since the international breakthrough of the Greek New Wave."

Most of the sessions are rated 18 , so check out the website for more details.

Another film takes a look at the social issues of schoolyard bullying and illiteracy. The Canary Yellow Bicycle is directed by Dimitris Stavrakis. This film has an ambiguous ending that celebrates faith in human relations and the power of the will.

You can buy tickets in advance in person, online, by phone or at the box office on the day until sold out.
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Phone: (02) 9750 0440
Where: Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Cost: $18 for an Adult Ticket, $15 concessions, $80 for a 5 films pass
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