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Greek Film Festival features comedy, drama, more

June 1, 2006

A still from the film "Woman is a Tough Person"Learn about modern life and culture in Greece without having to travel outside San Francisco at the third annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival, which takes place June 5 – 11 at the Delancey Street Screening Room, on 600 The Embarcadero (at Brannan Street).

Sponsored in part by the SF State Center for Modern Greek Studies, the festival will feature seven contemporary, full-length films and several shorts that have garnered critical acclaim in Greece and beyond. Proceeds will benefit the center and the Modern Greek Studies Foundation.

Films include:

  • "Woman is a Tough Person," a comedy about an advertising executive facing the worst day in his life;
  • "Alexandria," a journey of a mother and daughter who return to the mother's hometown in Greece;
  • "The 11th Day," a documentary about the people of the Cretan civilian resistance movement and their battle against the Nazis during World War II; and
  • "Hostage," a thriller about a hijacking incident in Northern Greece and the ensuing police chase and media coverage.

The films showcase the talents of both veteran and up-and-coming Greek producers and directors. Films in Greek include English subtitles. The festival is part of an international tour that also includes New York, Boston, Chicago, Canada and Israel.

Tickets for the opening night film and reception are $60 and up. Other individual tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at the San Francisco Greek Film Festival Web site. Tickets will also be available at the door, subject to availability.

The Center for Modern Greek Studies, based in SF State's College of Humanities, was established in 1981. The center promotes the study of modern Greek language, literature, history and culture in relation to its Byzantine and earlier Hellenic history and cultural achievements. It is the largest program of its kind in the United States.

-- Matt Itelson
Photo: courtesy of the San Francisco Greek Film Festival


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