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