The 2023 Greek Film Festival is all set to immerse audiences in the magic of Greek culture with a captivating selection of international films.
This year, the festival brings together the allure of Greece with a touch of Spain, the UK, and France, weaving compelling narratives that celebrate Greek heritage and showcase its universal appeal.
For years, the Greek Film Festival has been a steadfast advocate of preserving Greek heritage and fostering cultural connections across borders.
The festival’s commitment to this mission shines through in this year’s lineup, which not only honours Greece but also highlights the enduring global fascination with Greek culture.
Window to the Sea (Country of Origin: Spain, Director: Miguel Ángel Jiménez)
Audiences will be transported to the idyllic Greek coastlines through this cinematic masterpiece.
Synopsis: Faced with life-changing news, Maria, a 55-year-old Spanish woman from Bilbao, embarks on a journey to Greece against the advice of her son and doctors. This spontaneous decision leads her to the island of Nisyros, a tiny haven of peace and calm. While soaking in the island’s hidden treasures, she finds herself falling in love against all odds. A luminous portrait of a woman who takes a leap of faith and dares to live for the moment on her own terms. A touching story about love, loss, and fearlessly confronting life simply by leaning on someone else.
The Trip to Greece (Country of Origin: UK, Director: Michael Winterbottom)
In “The Trip to Greece,” viewers embark on a delightful odyssey through the heart of Greece.
Synopsis: In their fourth and final gastronomic expedition, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set out from the ruins of Troy in modern-day Turkey as they head to Greece to retrace the steps of legendary king Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, on his journey home to Ithaca at the end of the Trojan War. Steve and Rob’s semi-fictional alter-egos hit the road in search of culture and history.
Two Tickets to Greece (Country of Origin: France, Director: Marc Fitoussi)
The festival will close with the 2022 French Comedy, “Two Tickets to Greece,” a crowd-pleaser that promises laughter, tears, and stunning scenery.
Synopsis: Recently divorced, Blandine is struggling to get back to her life. Her former best friend Magalie, loud and fearless, resurfaces and imposes herself on a trip they’ve always dreamed of as teenagers: Amorgos, the amazing location where The Big Blue was shot. When they reach their destination, they realize the dreamy holidays don’t go as planned since they now have a very different approach to holidays… and to life!
The 2023 Greek Film Festival will be screening at Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn Cinema, and the Astor Theatre, running from October 19 to October 29.
For more festival details and the full program, please visit Melbourne Films | Greek Film Festival 2023.