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Greek films to catch at the Sydney Film Festival

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This year’s Sydney Film Festival has stand-outs from Cannes and Venice Film Festival and showcases a wide range of Greek talent. 

Greek director Christos Nikou and executive producer Cate Blanchett bring Aris Servetalis and Sofia Georgovasili together for a dystopian critique of “selfie culture” in Apples (2021).

Christos Nikou’s Apples represents a ‘weird’ new wave of Greek cinema (Supplied)

It follows a middle-aged man who finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities amid a worldwide pandemic of amnesia. 

Apples is Greece’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Academy Awards. 

It premiered at Venice Film Festival and was part of the official selection at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020. 

Festival-goers will also see Angeliki Antoniou achieve a rare feat by directing and producing feature film Green Sea (2020). 

Angeliki Antoniou on the set of Green Sea (Left: akrividis.gr) (Right: Supplied)

Green Sea (2020) made its debut at Kitzbühel Film Festival in August 2020. 

It’s inspired by Evgenia Fakinou’s 1996 book To See The Sea (‘Για να δει τη θάλασσα’) about a woman who maintains her ability to cook despite living with amnesia. 

It follows ‘Anna’ as she sets out with ‘Roula’ on a journey of self-discovery. 

The festival will open on November 3 with co-director Ana Kokkinos’ Western Sydney-set drama Here Out West and close on November 14 with Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. 

The 68th Sydney Film Festival is set to run as re-scheduled between November 3 – 21.

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