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Greek Participation in EIFF

image21Greece will be represented at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 with two entries. Constantina Voulgaris’ A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant, and Elias Giannakakis’, Joy(Hara), will be screened during the festival that will run from June 19 to 30.

The festival is one of the most historic and important European festivals on cinematography. Elias Giannakakis, Joy(Hara), will participate in the International Film Competition strand of the festival in an international premiere.

“A woman walks out of a maternity ward with a baby. She spends the following days meticulously taking care of the newborn, feeding him and singing him lullabies. She’s not the baby’s mother, but a kidnapper. Arrested and put on trial, she refuses to speak a word in her defense… An austere, almost classical telling of a tragedy that could have happened anywhere and anytime — and not just in a society in deep crisis like Greece today,” is the description of the film on the EIFF official page.

The second film, A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant will not compete, but will be screened at the World Perspectives strand of the festival in a UK premiere. “From turbulent Greece, an urgent invitation to resistance, solidarity and, finally, to dance! Electra is in her early 30’s, an artist and activist living in Athens. She babysits for a living, argues with her parents and visits her boyfriend, a political prisoner. Above all she struggles to find her place in a troubled city and a beaten society. Anger and humor go hand in hand in this handmade labor of love, not painting a bleak portrait of a collapsed country,  but offering a tender look at a young generation in search of new meaning and hope,” the EIFF program describes the film.

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