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Playing in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane, the 24th Greek Film Festival 2017 event runs from 10 to 22 October 2017 at Palace Cinemas across these states.

Sydney - Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt
10 - 22 October
Melbourne - Palace Cinema Como, Cnr Chapel St & Toorak Rd, South Yarra - AND - The Astor Theatre, Cnr Chapel St and Dandenong Rd, St Kilda
11 - 22 October
Adelaide - Palace Nova Eastend, 251 Rundle St, Adelaide
12 - 15 October
Canberra - Palace Electric, 2 Phillip Law St, New Acton, Canberra
19 - 22 October
Brisbane - Palace Barracks, 5-61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
12 - 15 October

With a feast of films to choose from, savings through group bookings, 5, 10 and 20 film pass tickets enables you to add more films to your must see list. Become a Palace Movie Club Member and save even further.

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Roza of Smyrna - Opening Night Event

Roza of Smyrna is the Opening Night event across the states. It's been described as the "Greco-Turkish Romeo and Juliet" because it follows a romance set against the turbulence of Greco-Turkish relations in the 20th century. Not only does it boast stunning cinematography across Istanbul, Izmir, Lesvos and Athens, it features two original songs by Greek icon Haris Alexiou. Nominated for the Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film at the 2017 LA Greek Film Fest, be prepared to be taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. With opening night celebrations always being a sellout, early ticket buying is a must.


A story of star-crossed lovers set against the turbulence of the Greco-Turkish War. During a research trip, museum collector Dimitris stumbles upon three historic curiosities buried in the depths of a small antique shop in the lost city of Smyna: an old photograph, a wedding dress stained with blood, and a letter. His search to uncover the truth behind these items leads him to the enigmatic Roza, matriarch of a once powerful family who has been holding the weight of the past on her shoulders for decades.

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Cloudy Sunday - Closing Night Event

Cloudy Sunday the Closing Night event in most of the states is another heart wrenching film of the untold story of Thessaloniki's Jewish community during the Second World War, which suffered the greatest losses in Europe. 46,091 Jews from Thessaloniki were deported to concentration camps; 1950 survived.

In this epic collision of love and tragedy, fact and fiction, it's told through the soul stirring music of 'Rebetika' legend Vassilis Tsitsanis, that pulses like a heartbeat. A story of star-crossed lovers, the brutal totalitarian oppression uner Nazi occupation in 1942 cannot stop a young Christian, Yargos, and Jewish woman, Estrea, from falling in love. They find a safe harbour in a tavern run by Vasilis, at a time he composed many of his famous songs, including the titular Cloudy Sunday. Though a period setting, it's a reminder that we take heed for history not to repeat itself.


Amidst many other great films to choose from, Xamou is another Special Event film that was nominated for Best Feature Film at the LA Greek Film Fest 2017. With the sun-soaked Cretan terrain and its inhabitants playing a starring role, it poses a back-to-land answer to Greece's economic crises, along with breathtaking cinematography, haunting original music and mouthwatering food and wine; and who doesn't love food porn.

Johnny, a hotel manager is a high flyer, until the economy breaks down, along with his job. Stuck at home with a mounting pile of debt from online gambling and a family he's avoiding, he's forced to wake up to himself and head outside. He finds a world that was always there, a world he had not paid attention to before. At sea with a crusty fisherman, picking grapes with the workers, he is charmed by a charismatic goat shepherd. This seals the deal on a festival awaiting to entertain you with a host of other films. Don't miss it!



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Why? 2017 Greek Film Festival
When: 10-22 October 2017
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart; Australia
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