Movie series:“If”(“Αν”)

Dir.: Christopher Papakaliatis , Greece, 2012

Sunday, December 10, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus

In Athens during the current economic crisis, Demetris (Papakaliatis) is a highly independent man, living a fairly normal life. He’s a confirmed bachelor at the age of 33 – his roommate is a female German shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists. It’s at this moment that he must make a decision. And his choice will change everything. If Demetris goes out, he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her and his life will take a different track. The film flips back and forth between both choices and, on the way, asks, ‘Does true love exist?’ ‘What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people?’ ‘Can the crisis destroy a couple?’ A love story shown from two different angles in a changing world. Not Rated; includes one intense sexual scene. In Greek with English sub-titles. 111 minutes.

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It’s Greek pastry day(s)!

Several of the Greek Orthodox parishes hold annual pastry and/or sweet bread sales at this time of the year. Don’t miss your chance to buy these are authentic, hand-made Greek sweets — something you cannot find in other places. A bonus — these sales are important fundraiser for the churches, so you are supporting them with your purchases.

The St. Fotini Ladies Society will be selling pastries and frozen food items at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church’s (Saco) Fall “My Big Fat Greek Bazaar” and Luncheon held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 19. (The luncheon is served from 11 to 2 p.m.) There will be a large selection of fresh pastries, as well as frozen pans of pastichio, spanakopita, appetizers, and baklava. To be sure to get what you want, pre-orders are recommended. Call Toni Spirounias at 934-2159 or email tspirounias@yahoo.com. Orders must be received by Nov. 13 and can be picked up at the parish hall at 186 Bradley St., Saco, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, or during the sale on Saturday.

The Ladies Philoptochos Society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portlandwill take pre-orders for a variety of pastries, plus pans of spanakopita and baklava, AND their annual Vasilopita sweet bread. The Holiday Pastry Sale is in the parish house, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, on December 3rd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale will feature individual pastries and bread for sale as well as a craft table, coffee, etc. Please place your advanced orders for Vasilopita by November 25th to Alex at 774-9261 or the church office at 774-0281.

The Holy Trinity Greek Church in Lewiston is holding its annual holiday pastry sale – “Dial-A-Greek Pastry.” Pastries, trays of appetizers and tsourekia ($7 a loaf) can be ordered by phone or email until Wednesday, November 16.  Orders can be picked up at the church at 155 Hogan Road, Lewiston, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, just in time for Thanksgiving. To order call 946-7372, 784-7107, or 729-8155; or email greekpastry@gmail.com

“The Christmas Tango” (Το Τανγκό των Χριστουγέννων)

“The Christmas Tango” (Το Τανγκό των Χριστουγέννων)
Dir: Nikos Koutelidakis, Greece, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 3 PM
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus

the-christmas-tangoAn unexpected meeting between the sixty-five-year-old Lazaros Lazarou and a young man, on Christmas Day, brings back hidden memories from 1970 at the time of the Greek junta. Then, in an isolated army camp in Evros, the lieutenant (Yannis Stankoglou) commands the soldier (Antinoos Albanis) to teach him the tango in secret. At a Christmas celebration that winter, the sensual dance becomes the focus for the intersection of four lives: an introverted soldier; a harsh lieutenant; a strict and very conservative colonel (Giannis Bezos); and Zoi Loggou (Vicky Papadopoulou), the colonel’s wife, who is suffocating in her restricted life. Through the dance the lieutenant hopes to get close to Zoi and reveal his love for her. In Greek with English subtitles. 102 minutes.

“One Time and a …Baby” (Μια Φορά και ένα… Μωρό)

“One Time and a …Baby” (Μια Φορά και ένα… Μωρό)
Dir: Nikos Zapatinas, Greece

2011 Sunday, November 13, 2016 @3 PM
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus

one-time-and-a-babyIn this cute comedy, Nondas (Sakis Boulas), a pistol-packing tough guy in his 50’s, stops his car to relieve himself, but hears a shout from below. It’s a man tied to the railroad tracks who wants to be left alone to die in peace. Alcibiades (Petros Philinnides), an out-of-work lingerie designer, owes money everywhere, has a wife who cheats on him, has never had children — for all these reasons he wants to put an end to his life. But when the train actually approaches, Alcibiades has second thoughts and begs to be released. Nondas agrees to help only if Alcibiades swears he will become his loyal servant. You see, Nondas has a baby in the car and is traveling around to find her mother. It seems Nondas had slept with many women and one of them dropped off “their” baby so that Nondas could take care of her. He needs Alcibiades to help him on this quest. Meanwhile Alcibiades’s wife is riddled with quilt and tries to rescue her despondent husband with her lover in tow. So amongst sexy lingerie, multiple mistresses, the unfaithful wife, and a hard-nosed father, love blooms for a little baby—truly the star of the movie. In Greek with English sub-titles. 86 min.

Talk on Refugee crisis on Lesvos

LesvosThe island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea has become the gateway for the wave of migrants and refugees that are flooding into Europe through Greece. As of last count, more than half of the nearly one million people who have come through Greece in 2015 first landed on Lesvos. Portland, Maine and Mytilene, Lesvos are Sister Cities.

In a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell will recount their experience on Lesvos this past October when they witnessed this historic migration first hand – a crisis which has shaken the entire European continent. The talk takes place in Room 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus. Sponsored by the Hellenic Society of Maine, it is free and open to the public. FMI – 892-9831

In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell – who have spent the past 25 summers on Lesvos — will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues of border controls, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island (symbolically nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize) who have been helping with this crisis even though their lives have been turned upside down.

Contact: Mary Snell – 892-9831