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‘Amerika Square’ Receives Top Prize at Lagff Orpheus Awards

‘Amerika Square’ Receives Top Prize at Lagff Orpheus Awards
Amerika Square” won the Orpheus Award for best feature at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Sunday evening. “Son of Sofia” received the runner-up Special Jury Prize for features. The films were, respectively, the opening and closing night pictures at the fest.

As part of the ceremony in front of a full house at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, Paramount CEO/President Jim Gianopulos (above, left) presented Oscar-winning writer/producer/director Alexander Payne (right) with the 2017 Honorary Orpheus. Payne screened an extended clip from his upcoming social satire “Downsizing,” set for distribution by Paramount in December.

Joked Gianopulos: “I love Alexander so much I went to Paramount just to be with him again.”

“Square,” directed by Yannis Sakarides, is a hard-hitting intertwining ensemble drama set amid the crisis atmosphere of contemporary Greece. “Sofia,” from Elina Psykou, while contrasting in style, is also rooted in the country’s immigrant predicament.

Constantinos Farmakas
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‘Amerika Square’ and ‘Son of Sofia’ Bookend Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

‘Amerika Square’ and ‘Son of Sofia’ Bookend Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will open with the West Coast premiere of “Amerika Square” (pictured above), Yannis Sakaridis’ tragic story set in modern Greece as the country copes with dual crises of financial collapse and overwhelming immigration.

The fest takes place June 7-11 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It will showcase 13 features, 22 shorts, and 15 documentaries from the U.S., France, the U.K., Germany, Cyprus and Greece. This year’s program includes a record 40 premieres: 19 U.S., 10 West Coast, seven Los Angeles – and four world premieres.

“We carefully selected a program that embodies the 2017 festival theme, Building Bridges,” says Lagff head Aris Katopodis. “Each title represents creating a bridge – whether it is between relationships, races or countries, and the problems and triumphs encountered in reaching the goal.”

Amerika Square,” which won the Fipresci award at the 2016 Thessaloniki Film Festival, centers on an ensemble of characters: Nakos, a
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'Suntan' wins big at Greece’s Iris Awards as Film Centre faces threat

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'Suntan' wins big at Greece’s Iris Awards as Film Centre faces threat
Stormy awards sees Greek Academy blast government.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s (Wasted Youth) drama Suntan was the big winner at the Iris Hellenic Film Academy Awards on Tuesday evening (March 21) winning six prizes out of the 11 for which it was nominated including best film and director.

The film, which played in the Rotterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh, SXSW, Odessa and Jeonju festivals, was also awarded best screenplay, best actor for Makis Padimitriou and best supporting actress for Elli Tringou.

The Faliro House, Marni and Oxymoron production is a bitter sweet drama about a middle-aged doctor on a Greek island whose life turns upside down when he gets embroiled with a group of hedonist tourists.

The film is widely tipped to be Greece’s submission in the best foreign language category at next year’s Oscars.

World sales are handled by Us outlet Visit Films. Strand Releasing is the Us distributor.

Also winning awards was Tasos Boulmetis’ coming of age story
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'Suntan' sweeps Greece’s Iris Awards as Film Centre faces threat

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'Suntan' sweeps Greece’s Iris Awards as Film Centre faces threat
Stormy awards sees Greek Academy blast government.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s (Wasted Youth) drama Suntan swept the Iris Hellenic Film Academy Awards on Tuesday evening (March 21) winning six prizes out of the 11 for which it was nominated including best film and director.

The film, which played in the Rotterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh, SXSW, Odessa and Jeonju festivals, was also awarded best screenplay, best actor for Makis Padimitriou and best supporting actress for Elli Tringou.

The Faliro House, Marni and Oxymoron production is a bitter sweet drama about a middle-aged doctor on a Greek island whose life turns upside down when he gets embroiled with a group of hedonist tourists.

The film is widely tipped to be Greece’s submission in the best foreign language category at next year’s Oscars.

World sales are handled by Us outlet Visit Films. Strand Releasing is the Us distributor.

Also winning awards was Tasos Boulmetis’ coming of age story Mythopathy, which won three
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'Kills On Wheels' wins in Thessaloniki

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Hungarian action-comedy Kills On Wheels and Icelandic-Danish coming of age story Heartstone take top prizes at Greek festival.Scroll down for full list of winners

Hungarian director Attila Till’s Kills On Wheels (Tiszta Szivvel) has been named best film at the 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov 3-13) winning the “Theo Angelopoulos” Golden Alexander award.

The film beat out 16 first and second films screened in this year’s competition section.

Kills On Wheels’ three leading young actors, Zoltan Fenyvesi, SzaboIcs Thuroczy and Adam Fekete were jointly awarded the Best actor trophy.

The film, arriving from the Chicago film festival where it won the Roger Ebert award, deals with three wheelchair-using young adults who decide to offer their services to the mafia in an effort to overcome their daily routines. World sales are handled by the Hungarian Film Fund.

Icelandic-Danish co-production Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) by Icelandic director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, was awarded the Special Jury Prize, Silver Alexander
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Bookmark the Schedule for the Upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Marathon

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As Zenon would say, "Zetus lapetus!" Get excited, millennials, because the Disney Channel is set to air every single Disney Channel original movie this weekend! The movies will air in celebration of its 100th original movie, a reimagining of Adventures in Babysitting, and the festivities will kick off on May 27 with a four-day marathon of the most popular original movies. After the weekend marathon, the Disney Channel will continue to air those popular flicks - plus All the others - throughout June. Worried that your DVR can't handle it? Don't stress, because all 100 Disney Channel original movies will be available for sale throughout the Summer on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Google Play. Check out the complete four-day marathon schedule below, then relive the Disney Channel original movie moments you'll never forget and see 20 stars you didn't realize were in the original movies. May 27 10 a.m. - Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
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Disney Channel to Air Every Original Movie Ever (!), From A to Zenon

Johnny Tsunami. Halloweentown. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.

If those titles mean anything to you, you’re going to want to read on.

In celebration of its 100th original movie — an upcoming reimagining of the 1987 comedy Adventures in BabysittingDisney Channel will air every single one of its original flicks from May through June.

VideosAdventures in Babysitting Trailer: Disney Duo Has a Wild Night Out

The nostalgia trip will kick off Memorial Day Weekend, with a marathon of the 51 most popular DCOMs, and will continue throughout the next month with every other original film presented at various times.
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Windmill Complete 'The Moth Diaries' Ahead of Venice & Toronto Screenings

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Windmill Lane Pictures recently completed post production work on Director Mary Harron's latest film 'The Moth Diaries' starring Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Sarah Gadon (The Other Me), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Scott Speedman (Underworld). The film tells the story of Rebecca, a troubled teenager, whose return to boarding school is upset by the mysterious and yet alluring new arrival, Ernessa.
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