Film Preview: Greek Film Festival, 20 Feb – 1 March, Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh

9 Feb

The Greek Film Festival returns to Edinburgh’s Filmhouse from Friday 20 February to Sunday 1 March, pride of place given to the Greek-Cypriot filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis, perhaps best known for his 1964 film Zorba the Greek.

A new documentary on the life and times of Cacoyannis will be shown on Friday 20 February, along with a rare opportunity to see his highly acclaimed Euripides trilogy Elektra, The Trojan Women and Iphigenia.

According to Greek Film Festival Consultant Katy Logotheti “Iphigenia, Electra and The Trojan Women…are still alive in the memories of those who saw them in the 60’s and 70’s and have had to be because there have been very few opportunities to see them since.

“Cacoyannis explores the Greece we are all interested in and intrigued by, the Greece linked emotionally and directly to its ancient tradition.”

Also screening as part of the Festival are two films dealing with racism and the hopes and aspirations of Greece’s ethnic Albanian population: Eduart  and Correction.

The selection is completed by Cool, a new comedy from Nikos Perakis, whose 1984 hit Loafing and Camouflage remains a high point in contemporary Greek comedy.

Visit the Filmhouse website for full details of the new season.

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