Greek cinema

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  • 31 January 2008
One Day in August

One Day in August

Greek cinema old and new is trumpeted in this short season of films from the home of philosophy. There’s something here for everyone, from Tassos Boulmetis’ blockbusting (in Greece) historical epic A Touch of Spice, real-life hijack drama Hostage and Nikos Singapore Sling Nikolaidis’ final film The Zero Years to tragicomic Athenian melodrama One Day in August (pictured). This is an enticing and eclectic selection of films.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 1 Feb.


  • 2005
  • Greece / Turkey
  • 1h 35min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Constantine Giannaris
  • Cast: Stathis Papadopoulos, Theodora Tzimou, Giannis Stankoglu

In an act of revenge an illegal immigrant hijacks a bus and demands that he be paid a ransom and allowed safe passage to his homeland of Albania. The hijacking, along with its entourage of police and television crews, is transmitted live on Greek television. Based on a true story, Giannaris' film draws a bleak picture of…

One Day in August

  • 2001
  • Greece
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Constantine Giannaris
  • Cast: Costas Kotsiandis, Eleni Kastani, Akilies Karazisis

Giannaris uses a complex narrative structure to intertwine four different stories, each depicting a mother-child relationship and all occurring in parallel on the 15 August: a Greek national holiday to mark the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. An ambitious array of differing social perspectives, which slices straight to the…

The Zero Years

  • 2005
  • Greece
  • 2h 3min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Nikolaidis
  • Cast: Vicky Harris, Jenny Kitseli, Arhontissa Mavrakaki, Michelle Valley

Four strong female leads meld in Nikolaidis' film, which traces the characters serving out their time together in a government run brothel. Sterilised, surveyed and toxically controlled, they are haunted by nightmarish visions. Upon the disappearance of one of their clients, an investigation begins. A disturbing…