June 25-28, 2019
Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3), Ottawa Art Gallery
Entrance: 10 Daly Ave. or 50 Mackenzie King Bridge
For the first time, the Canadian Film Institute is pleased to present, along with the Embassy of Greece to Canada and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the Greek Film Festival in Ottawa.
$14 : General Admission
$10 : Discount Admission
- CFI Members, OAG Members, Seniors 65+, Students, Children under 12 (Valid membership card, proof of age, or valid student ID will be required)
FREE : CFI Cinephile Members
Advance- Online: See each film’s page for its ticket link.
Advance- In Person: Box Office (one hour to one half hour before each screening)
Advance tickets guarantee you a seat up to 15 minutes before the posted screening time.
Box Office: Open one half hour before each screening.
We can accept cash, credit cards, debit, and Apple Pay at our box office. All prices include HST. See Box Office page for ticket and membership information.
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The 2019 Program
Manoussos Manoussakis, 2015 | 116 minutes
A major box office hit and award-winner in Greece, this is a powerful and beautifully rendered telling of a wartime romance in Thessaloniki between a Jewish girl and a young Christian resistance fighter. Set against the backdrop of German-occupation, circumstances will quickly conspire against these star-crossed lovers, forcing them to make painful decisions in the darkest days of the Nazi occupation. Cloudy Sunday is a compelling drama about lovers in a dangerous time. The film’s love story is made even more poignant by the wistful songs of famous songwriter Vassilis Tsitsanis and the enchanting classics of Sephardic Jewish music. Among its international awards: Best Film – San Francisco Greek Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Make Up, Greek Film Academy.
Giorgos Panoussopoulos, 2018 | 90 minutes
In this unconventional comedy, filmed in Ikaria, a French member of the European Parliament and his assistant, a Greek economist, end up in Armenaki, an islet lost somewhere in the Aegean Sea. They are there in an official political mission and are determined to finish their work as soon as possible. They are in for several surprises, however, as this isolated place and its residents are said to be miraculous and able to change people's lives. And they are. A spiral of unforeseen events will soon force both to reconsider their way of thinking and living. When they meet a visionary teacher and a seductive widow, they are soon carried away by the unlikeliest of love stories. A charming and thought provoking comedy about how we live and how we love.
Christoforos Papakaliatis, 2015 | 113 minutes
Set in modern day Greece, Worlds Apart consists of three separate narratives each following a love story between a Greek and a foreigner. Moreover, each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil. There is Daphne, a young Greek woman, and Farris, a Syrian refugee who rescues her from an assault; there is middle aged Giorgos, struggling to cope with seeing his friends lose their jobs, who has an affair with Elise, an amoral Swedish consultant who’s in charge of the downsizing; the third tale revolves around Sebastian, a German man who meets Maria, an unhappy housewife whose family has run out of money -- their courtship involves meeting every Friday afternoon at the supermarket, where Sebastian buys her fruits and vegetables. As the film progresses, this triptych of love stores will intersect in a surprising, compelling way.
Nikos Labôt, 2018 | 89 minutes
Panayiota gets for the first time a job as a cleaner in an attempt to support her family. While at her work environment she faces a ruthless system of exploitation, she regards her humble labour to be fulfilling and regards this time as the happiest period of her life. But this is not to last for long as the first layoffs are to arrive soon. What will she do? “A well-observed study of a woman’s unlikely liberation. The socioeconomic turmoil of contemporary Greece is distilled into the simple yet effective story of one woman who finds gainful employment as a professional cleaner in Her Job, which marks a promising feature debut for writer-director Nikos Labôt. Bolstered by star Marisha Triantafyllidou’s subtly touching turn and told in a straightforward, realistic manner that at times recalls the Dardenne brothers, the film reveals how one of the most basic and least valued vocations can still mean the world for someone struggling to support a family and, even more so, to find a sense of self-worth.” Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.