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Montreal Greek Film Festival Offers Spice

The 4th Montreal Greek Film Festival will be held from Oct. 25- Nov.3, screening a variety of movies and documentaries at Cinema du Parc and the Rialto Theatre.

Opening night, at the Rialto, will feature the musical documentary Encardia the Dancing Stone, showcasing sounds from South Italy. Award-winning journalist Aphrodite Salas and Mose Persico, having already hosted many award shows, will present the show. Cocktails, food, and a live music performance by Cirque du Soleil’s singer and composer Nitza Melas will follow.

This year the festival honors the late Michael Cacoyannis, a director who created inspiring women’s portraits, with Elektra (Irene Papas) and Stella (Melina Mercouri)  radiant actresses who became know through these performances. Another film will show opera singer Maria Callas in an appearance interpreting Medea by Pasolini.

This year’s Special Evening is with the Constantinople and Pontian Associations of Montreal and will include the documentary Twice a Stranger, and A Touch of Spice, a film about the forced expulsion of Greeks from Constantinople. In between the films, there will be a chance to sample a little “touch of spice,” a cocktail full of Greek-Oriental flavors.

A new addition is the Young Film Directors from the Greek Diaspora program with an interesting selection of films, featuring local filmmakers. Another feature is the Contemporary Greek Cinema Panorama giving audiences the chance to discover the best of Greek films that have been nominated and awarded in prestigious festivals all over the world.

They include Cineastes and J.A.C.E. by Menelaos Karamaggiolis (Berlinale 2012 and Tokyo International Festival,)  Christmas Tango by Nikos Koutelidakis (Hellenic Film Academy Awards for Best Original Music, Art Direction and Costumes,)  DOS (Award for Best feature film and Audience Award, New York Independent Film Festival, 2012,) and Wandering Soul by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou. The program also includes the screening of the Antikythera Mechanism, a documentary about a fascinating journey of the discovery of the first mechanical computer.

The closing night will also take place at the Rialto with the screening of Mediterraneo, by Gabrielle Salvatores, an Italian feature film shot in the beautiful Greek island landscape. Live music and cocktails will follow.

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