Greek Film Festival to screen its first-ever children’s film ‘Karagiozis’

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For the first time, a film dedicated to young audiences will be screened at this year’s Greek Film Festival in Australia from October 19 to 29.

The film, titled Karagiozis: The Movie, will focus on the emblematic Greek figure of the shadow theatre. It is the first Greek digital animation feature film.

People who watch Karagiozis are in for a ride as film director, Akis Karras, and cast members, Athos Danellis and Elena Maragou, take them on a 74-minute cinematic and comedic journey.

Screenshot from the animated film.

The animated film follows Karagiozis as he plays tricks on a local Greek man Hadjiavatis.

Hadjiavatis is looking to hire a public secretary to assist the illiterate fellow citizens of the village. Karagiozis thinks that this is easy way to make money and tricks Hadjiavatis into believing he is suitable for the job. He gets the role but for how long is Karagiozis able to hide the truth from everyone?

The film’s script is based on the original story of shadow puppet theatre play Karagiozis the Secretary, dubbed by the original puppeteer Athos Danellis.

Karagiozis will be among 15 award-winning feature films and eight documentaries at the Greek Film Festival this year. 

The Greek Film Festival in Sydney is presented by the Greek Festival of Sydney and the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, proudly supported by Bank of Sydney. This year’s screenings will return to Leichhardt’s Palace Norton Street Cinema from 19 to 29 October 2023. For more details visit: https://greekfilmfestival.com.au/sydney  

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