{mosimage}The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2010 – PRIX ARTE. A committee consisting of EFA Board Member Despina Mouzaki (Greece), EFA Members Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) and Francine Brücher (Switzerland), experts Claas Danielsen (International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film), Ally Derks (director IDFA, the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (producer, Belgium) has chosen three films for a nomination.

For the first time, the nominated documentary films will now be made available to all 2,300 members of the European Film Academy who will vote for the winner.

Nominated are:

ARMADILLO, Denmark/Sweden
directed by Janus Metz
produced by Ronnie Fridthjof & Sara Stockman

MIESTEN VUORO (Steam of Life), Finland/Sweden written & directed by Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen produced by Joonas Berghäll

NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light), France/Germany/Chile written & directed by Patricio Guzmán produced by Renate Sachse

In association with the European culture channel ARTE, the winner will be presented at the 23rd European Film Awards on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

The European Film Awards 2010 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the City of Tallinn, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Public Broadcasting, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and BDG.

 

{mosimage}Admitted to the contest are digital documentary short films (maximum duration: 10 minutes including credits), to show the world which artistic achievements of the last years have strongly influenced the culture of a country.

 

The films should ideally be a collaboration of film-makers and art historians / artists. This includes also students of the respective fields.

The contest's framework is set by six categories and their disciplines, which represent contemporary or traditional aspects: Acoustic Arts, Performing Arts, Lingual Arts, Visual Arts, Social Arts and Ecological Arts.

Answers to these questions are expected: What do national identity and tradition mean to contemporary art? What makes art fascinating? Which artistic achievements have coined the culture of a country the most in the last years? How can enthusiasm for art be conveyed to an uninvolved audience?

Contest: March 9th – March 13th at the ITB Berlin 2011

The period for submitting the DVDs and registration form is from December 1st, 2010 to January 31st, 2011.

No entry fee. Contest announcement and registration download at: www.delphic.org/english/08projects/dama.htm

EDN – European Documentary Network is calling for art documentary projects for their second EDN Online Pitching Session happening on December 9, 2010.
{mosimage}In its fourth year running, the New York City Greek Film Festival is “getting better and better every year” states Stamatis Ghikas, its festival manager. This year the opening night held in Astoria, Queens will be October 23rd and opening night in Manhattan will be October 26th.

The NYC Greek Film Festival is presented annually by the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s festival, which was supported by grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Southern Star Shipping, and other donations from the business and private sectors, surpassed all expectations.  3,748 people came to watch the films over the festival’s two week run. The planning has already started and the festival is scheduled to open in late October.


This year’s films are:

BLACK FIELD (MAVRO LIVADI) Direction by Vardis Marinakis (Adults only)
In 1654, a wounded soldier seeking refuge in a remote cloister is nursed back to health by a young nun. The relationship between the two deepens, causing discontent in the convent. The two escape into the Greek countryside where the nun’s shocking revelation will become the catalyst for an encounter of raw sexuality. Stunningly photographed, this film won the Hellenic Film Academy’s award for best cinematography earlier this year.

THE BUILDING MANAGER (O DIAHIRISTIS) Direction by Periklis Hoursoglou (Adults only)
A family man assumes more responsibilities than he can handle when he takes over the management of his mother’s apartment building. But it is his affair with a woman half his age that precipitates his mid-life crisis and threatens the sanctity of his marriage and his family.

DOGTOOTH (KYNODONTAS) Direction by Yorgos Lanthimos (Adults only)
This controversial film that is finding audiences everywhere it plays focuses on a dysfunctional family, its three teenagers kept completely cut off from the world by their parents in an alternately nightmarish and surreal experiment of manipulation and suppression. Winner of the UnCertain regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, this film was named Best Picture of the Year by the Hellenic Film Academy. It is Greece’s entry for Best Foreign Film Academy Award consideration this year.

FOUR BLACK SUITS (TESSERA MAVRA KOUSTOUMIA) Direction by Renos Haralambidis
Four desperate undertakers accept an odd assignment for the money. They are to carry the body of a deceased immigrant on foot, from Athens to the village of his birth. Everything goes wrong along the way in this sometimes surreal comedy, but the men get more out of the misadventure than they bargained for.

THE ISLAND (NISOS) Direction by Christos Dimas (Adults only)
The death of a prominent citizen reveals the corruption that festers behind closed doors on a seemingly serene Greek island. No one escapes being tainted—not the local politician, nor the teacher, nor the priest! This film broke box office records in its commercial release in Greece earlier this year.

PLATO’S ACADEMY (AKADIMIA PLATONOS) Direction by Filippos Tsitos
In the quiet Plato’s Academy neighborhood of Athens, four ethnocentric Greek slackers spend their days watching industrious immigrants working all around them. When one of the four discovers his Albanian heritage, their smug outlook, not to mention their friendship, is severely challenged. This film won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009, and its male lead, ,Antonis Kafetzopoulos, was named best actor. The film was shown at the Venice Film Festival last month.

STRELLA: A WOMAN’S WAY (STRELLA) Direction by Panos Koutras (Adults only)
Released from prison after serving a long sentence, a man begins an affair with a pre-op transsexual, never imagining how much they actually have in common. This film premiered at the Berlin Film festival in 2009 and has since been shown at more than twenty festivals around the world. It won four Hellenic Film Academy Awards earlier this year, including the best actress award for Mina Orfanou, who plays Strella.

WITH HEART AND SOUL (PSYCHI VATHIA) Direction by Pandelis Voulgaris
Two brothers, seventeen and fifteen year old shepherds from the mountains of western Macedonia, find themselves on opposite sides of the brutal Greek Civil War. Master filmmaker Pandelis Voulgaris has dedicated his epic film to the thousands of victims who lost their lives on both sides of the conflict that no one won but that Greece lost.

COLOSSI OF LOVE Direction by Nikos Mystriotis
This funny and revealing documentary goes to Rhodes, the island of Aphrodite, to relive the days of the kamaki (Greek for harpoon) suitors, men who perfected the art of seducing foreign tourists visiting Greece in the 1970s and 80s.

AMERICA, AMERICA Direction, screenplay by Elia Kazan
One of the most stunningly poetic and powerful immigration sagas ever filmed, this epic tale is loosely based upon the life of Kazan’s uncle Stavros. Leaving his impoverished village in Turkish Anatolia for Constantinople, the young man eventually fulfills his obsessive dream of coming to America, but not before he faces cruelties and betrayals along the way.

DARK ODYSSEY Direction by William Kyriakis and Radley Metzger
Shot mostly in Washington Heights in the 1950s, this early American independent film tells the gripping story of a Greek sailor, played by Athan Karras, who jumps ship in New York Harbor and goes looking for the man who assaulted his sister. When he falls in love with a compassionate Greek American girl, the sailor finds himself torn between love and machismo. This film is being shown as a tribute to actor and dance historian Athan Karras , who died earlier this year.

Information from usa.greekreporter.com

{mosimage}In Honor of the Inauguration of Dr. C. L. Max Nikiasas USC's Eleventh President, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and The Hellenic Film Center organized  a special screening of
Brides (Νύφες) directed by Pantelis Voulgaris. The script was written by Ioanna Karystiani and the film was Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, produced by Pantelis Voulgaris, Barbara De Fina and Terry Dougas.

7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 15th - Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO ALL. MAKE A RESERVATION

"Brides an important and special project to me. I am a true admirer of Pantelis' films and respect his vision and unique style of storytelling. The thought of his work reaching an American and international audience is extremely exciting."
- Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer)

Winner of 10 Awards: International Film Festival of Thessaloniki 2004, including First Prize for Best Feature Film

About Brides

"It's not a punishment to remember someone you love. The punishment is to forget"
A bittersweet love story set against the tribulations of a 1922 Atlantic crossing of 700 proxy brides, aboard the SS King Alexander, on their way to America. Niki, a seamstress from Samothrace, resigns herself to saving the family honor by marrying a Chicago tailor her sister previously rejected. On the journey, she meets Norman, an American war photographer disheartened by a career and a marriage in tatters. Brides will touch its audience with an unforgettable story of a doomed love affair between star crossed lovers. It follows a journey from east to west, at the same time exploring the inner journey of the people who battle the waves of agony, doubt, courage, resignation, and hope.

35mm print provided courtesy of The Greek Consulate of Los Angeles and The Hellenic Film Center. In Greek, English and Russian, with English subtitles. Rated PG. Running time: 122 minutes.

Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

 

{mosimage}The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, part of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, focusing on the promotion of new media and contemporary art techniques, organises the ANIMA CALL project scheduled for spring 2011.
The aim of this exhibition is the presentation of contemporary animation short film (maximum 5’) realised by artists from all over the world. There will be special screening programmes, lectures and workshops, organised in the context of the exhibition.
This is the 3rd open call offered by the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki in the last years (Public Screen, 2007, I create therefore I am, 2008). Syrago Tsiara, director of CACT and curator of the project invites everyone to submit a proposal.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2010
For information, please check http://www.cact.gr/

The European Film Academy has announced this year’s nominations for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY - Prix FIPRESCI,
{mosimage}Docs in Thessaloniki is an international pitching forum and workshop offering an outstanding opportunity to create alliances for future collaborations. 
{mosimage}Recognised as being the most important event covering the film industry of the “new Europe” (and likewise constantly expanding),