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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“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.