The Conusul General of Greece, Elisabeth Fotiadou held an elegant yet intimate gala at her home in Los Angeles Thursday evening to welcome the Greek filmmakers and set spirits high to kick-off the 4th annual LA Greek Film Festival starting June 11th and running through June 13th.
The Consul General gave a welcoming speech and showed a presentation on the beauty of Greece to momentarily appease everyone’s concern for the current economic crisis, and to inspire travel to the homeland this summer.
Markos Holevas, the director of the Hellenic Film Commission also spoke at the event. Guests were treated with homemade food from the Consul General’s hands. As the evening proceeded; Greek and American film colleagues sipped their drinks while they mingled by the pool side.
Nia Vardalos and co-star Alexis Georgoulis My Life in Ruins, acclaimed Greek actor and director, Reno Haralambides Four Black Suits (in the line up at the LAGFF), director Michael A. Nickles and Patricia Kara from Deal or No Deal were some of the few Greek stars that attended.
The first feature film to be screened at the festival is “BLACK FIELD” (Mavro Livadi) directed by Vardis Marinakis. Set in 1650, this is the love story of Anthi, a young nun, and an Ottoman Janissary warrior. Yet the story is only just beginning after they escape Anthi’s convent, for the nun has a secret: ‘she’ is in fact a ‘he’. Thought-provoking and visually stunning, this film transcends gender and delves into matters of identity, loss, and restoration.
See the full schedule.