17-23 May 2007


Lila Kourkoulakou

Born in Athens, Lila Kourkoulakou studied Film in Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and Literature in Rome. She worked in radio and television productions. She has been Counselor and Member of the Committee that introduced the first law on cinema in Greece. She has realized TV series and documentaries and has been General Director of a TV-Radio Station in Cyprus.

1985 The Island of Silence/ 1960 Stin Porta tis Kolaseos/ 1966 Eleftherios Venizelos/ 1966 Travelling in Thessaly/ 1976 Sinantithikame stin Athina/ 1973 Dionysios Solomos/ 1979 Cyprus, to megalo stavrodromi/ 1979 Exodos Mesologgiou



Greece 1958 b&w 90΄
Directed by: Lila Kourkoulakou
Screenplay: Vaggelis Hadjiyannis
Cinematography: Nikos Gardelis
Music: Dimitris Diamantopoulos
Cast: Yorgos Kabanellis, N.Sgouridou, O. Makris etc

Spinalonga’s imposed isolation, the leper’s disease and their doctors’ daily struggle, in order to cure the disease, is Lila Kourkoulakou’s main inspiration for ‘the island of silence’. The lepers have to cope with their disease and a couple of doctors is trying to help them, using a new medicine. According to Aglaia Mitropoulos, in the ‘Island of silence’, Lila Kourkoulakou “introduces the study of the life of the lepers of Spinaloga with a dedication and affection that brighten the neo-realistic and documentaristic framework and style of the film”.

Calliopi Legaki

Kalliopi Legaki studied Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Athens and film direction at the L. Stavrakos Film School. She has directed short films and documentaries awarded in National and International Festivals.

Short films: 1991 The Catastrophe/ 1994 Games of the Heart/ 1996 The Wheel/ 1999 Desires on hot sand
Documentary: 1999 Lovely Big Veta / 2002 Keratsini-Old and New Refugees / 2003 From Midnight to 06:00 / 2003 Women in Sports / 2006 Elias Petropoulos-An underground world / 2006 Small steps in a big world / 2006 Greece through the lens of V. Papaioannou / 2006 Pencils, Scissors and Dreams / 2006 Holding a piece of chalk / 2007 Mimis Condos-From the moonrise to the setting of the moon


Grteece 2004/2005 Colour 61΄
Directed by: Calliope Legaki
Screenplay: Calliope Legaki
Cinematography: Yannis Misouridis
Music: Nikos Papadogoulas

“I present the world with a very different approach, not as it was taught to us at school or in the army. I believe that each one has the right to see the society he lives in with his own particular view. I am, personally, more interested in Devil than God”- Elias Petropoulos. A restless and inquisitive spirit, a foe of academics and the status-quo, Petropoulos was the first folklorist in Greece, who dealt with social outcasts and described people and situations ignored by his country’s official history. Petropoulos takes us on a journey to unknown landscapes of our tradition and Greek-ness and acquaints us with all those people who belong to our social underground and who dominate his books. Rebetika musicians, bums, spivs, whores and homosexuals, people tormented and Greek-ness and acquaints us with all those people who belong to our social underground.

Kalliopi Legaki  

Greece 2006 Colour 53΄
Directed by: Kalliopi Legaki
Screenplay: Kalliopi Legaki, Maria Yentekou
Yannis Missouridis
Editing: Myrto Lekatsa
Sound: AntonisGalatis

Voula Papaioannou (1898-1990) is the only photographer whose lens captured major events of Modern Greek History. Through the use of her camera, witnessed the hunger, poverty and wretchedness that plagued Greece during the difficult years of the German occupation. Her vast archive -12,500 negatives- covers a long period of Modern Greek life, from 1940 to 1960, and illustrates in a unique way the harsh daily life of the time, through the photographs of people and things in a land of torment and hardships. During the film, people who knew her talk about her life and work, while her photographs paint the portrait of the society and the times she lived in, as well as of Greece during a very critical time in its history.

Frieda Liappa

Born in Messene in Peloponese in 1948, she studied literature at the Athens University. Because of her involvement in the movement against the military dictatorship she was forced to give up her studies. In 1972 she directs her first short film Forty Days After, a production of the cinema review Sigxronos Kinimatografos (Contemporary Cinema). Spending some months in jail, and after succeeding to get a passport, she decided to settle in London where she attended the London Film School. To her return in Greece, she became a member of the Contemporary Cinema editorial team and published articles in different film magazines. She has also published three collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. She has also directed documentaries for the television and particularly for the Backstage series. Frieda Liappa directed three short films and three feature films, all of them awarded in National and International Film Festivals. She also directed a TV film. Considered to be one of the most eminent Greek women auteurs filmmakers, her career will be suddenly interrupted in her 46 years, defeated by her serious health problem.

Short films: 1972 Forty Days After / 1977 I Remember Leaving You All the time / 1980 Apetaxamin
Feature films: 1981 Love Wanders In The Night / 1986 A Quiet Death / 1992 The Years of the Big Heat
Tv film: 1983 Rain Water




Greece 1980 Colour 25΄
Director: Frieda Liappa
Cinematography: Nikos Smaragdis
Editing: Giorgos Korras
Cast: Maritina Passari

Frieda Liappa in this short film casts an alternative gaze on the notion of historicity. Loukia is a teenager currently staying at her cousin’s house in Athens. Unlike her cousin she is timid and quite stressed for the school exam. She studies history. Between the lines of her book the historical events sprung up in a multidimensional way. Liappa transverses the dimensions of the real the imaginary and the symbolic. She invites the viewer to consider the construction of the filmic as well as the historical text. She succeeds in making a film with an open end and to leave room for our own contingent constructions.

Frieda Liappa    

Greece 1981 Colour 90΄
Director: Frieda Liappa
Cinematography: Nikos Smaragdis
Music: Nikos Papadakis
Cast: Mirka Papakonstantinou, Maria Skountzou, Stamatis Fasoulis, Chrisoula Diavati, Kostas Sfikas

Frieda Liappa said about her film: “Starting point was an article in the newspaper about the double suicide of two sisters in the thirties…” Like the Papen sisters, who are the primary examples for Lacan in his theory of paranoid psychosis, the sisters in the film are bonded with pathological love to the point of ultimate identification. In urbanising Athens of the early eighties they live cut off from the past. A cousin from Paris visits them and a chain of events breaks their identification. Liappa with a poetic but also very realistic way manages to move on the border of blind desire and cruel reality.


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