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Greek Film Festival to open with 'Roza of Smyrna'

The film revolves around a fascinating love story with nostalgic and atmospheric shots reminiscent of a different era

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Leda Protopsalti is back on a film set after 66 years, starring in ‘Roza of Smyrna.’

Photo: Roza of Smyrna

31 August 2017

This year’s Greek Film Festival's Opening Night Gala once again promises to deliver a big night for all to enjoy. Rosa of Smyrna by film production company Feelgood, became a blockbuster in both Greece and Turkey from the first week of its release, with filming in Constantinople, Smyrna, Mytilene and Athens.

In Kordellas’ debut feature Roza of Smyrna, Dimitris is a collector from a renowned Athenian museum who uncovers a story of star-crossed lovers while searching for artefacts in the lost city of Smyrna.

During a research trip in the city, Dimitris stumbles upon three historic curiosities buried in the depths of a small antique shop: an old photograph, a wedding dress stained with blood, and a letter.

His search to uncover the truth behind these items leads him to the enigmatic Roza, matriarch of a once powerful family who has been holding the weight of the past on her shoulders for decades.

Roza from Smyrna is a joint production between Greece’s Argonauts (Straight Story, The Heiress, Small Fish) and Turkey’s Sarmasik Sanatlar, OTE TV and Feelgood Entertainment, with the support of the Hellenic Film Center and distribution by Feelgood Entertainment. The score is by Dimitris Papadimitriou, while the lyrics of the songs were penned by the director.

Evgenia Dimitropoulou plays Marianna, Roza's granddaughter.

The opening night gala is on Wednesday 11 October, 2017 @ The Astor, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda. The screening will begin at 7.00pm, followed by an after-party.

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Festival duration:

Sydney: 10-22 October 2017, Palace Norton Street
Melbourne: 11-22 October 2017, The Astor + Palace Cinema Como

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DO NOT watch this film. Boycott it. The underlying message of the film is genocide denial, but you won't get the message until the final scene. The director wants us to excuse the Turks for the Smyrna Holocaust in 1922 because "they suffered too". To think that a Greek director would do this is abhorrent. Luckily I didn't pay to watch it. Absolute Rubbish!

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