Once, when talking about Thessaloniki I had noted that ‘this city had wounded me unimaginably.’ It was the city to which my family migrated in 1941 to avoid the Bulgarian occupation in Kavala.
It was in Thessaloniki that I spent my childhood in the years of the war, playing with kids my age in the churchyard of Aghia Theodora, shooting empty cans or pressing our ears against the telegraph poles to hear the hum of the infinite world. One day one of my friends, Ino, left on a cart from Egnatia Street with the caravan of Jews, with the enormous yellow star on his sleeve. And he never came back.
These memories awoke when I saw Vassilis Loules’ documentary KISSES TO THE CHILDREN. The stories of Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios who were saved from the Holocaust thanks to the Christian families that adopted them, bring to life the memory of thousands of Jewish children: those who never had the chance to grow up. And we who grew up in the same city with their absence, we lived through the second annihilation they suffered after the concentration camps. They shrank as a presence and they were annihilated as memory in a city that was developing and meticulously hiding its wounds and its guilt.
… Loules’ documentary also brings back some of the values we must rediscover, like those of solidarity and the comradeship that some people offered the Jews and that some paid for with their lives. — Vassilis Vassilikos, from Ο Γιώργος Χρονάς, ο Βασίλης Βασιλικός και ο James DeMetro γράφουν για το ‘Φιλιά εις τα παιδιά’ Πηγή
Another notable movie poster for one of this year’s films — Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos, a film based on the 1980 novel Hunger by Norwegian Nobel prize-winner and Nazi sympathizer Knut Hamsun.
It screens this Friday, October 11 at 9:15 PM at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway. Visit this link for information and to purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/Sp3IeU
"The State School of Dance is, for me, an oasis, a creative paradise. Despite the enormous economic difficulties, the dancers continue to produce work and stay dedicated to what they love. They are my heroes. Also, it is important to note that they’re not only good dancers but also their character and personality are of tremendous interest."
Filmmaker Gerasimos Rigas discussing his film Black Box with Lifo magazine
Black Box screens Wednesday, October 9, at 7 pm at Cinema Village in NYC
Dimitris Mitropoulos (pictured above) conducted his orchestras without a baton. In Giorgos Skevas’ documentary, Lefteris Voyiatzis meets Dimitris Mitropoulos. Taking its cues from the letters the maestro exchanged with his dear friend, Kaiti Katsogianni, and from rare archival footage, the film covers the years in which Mitropoulos lived in the United States and worked as chief conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and, later, of the New York Philharmonic. Mitropoulos died tragically at the age of 64 while at La Scala in Milan in 1960, while rehearsing a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony.
NAKED HANDS screens this Thursday, October 3 at 7 PM at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. This is a special, free screening. For more information,visit the New York City Greek Film Festival’s website.
We love this poster for the film The Tree and The Swing, by Maria Douza. The film is a story about family and reconciliation. Coming home to make amends with her estranged father, Eleni finds herself confronted with an unexpected kinship.
It screens on the following days / times:
Sunday, October 6, 4:30 pm - Museum of the Moving Image
Saturday, October 12, 9:15 pm - New York Institute of Technology Auditorium
Tuesday, October 15, 9 pm - Bow Tie Cinema, Pt. Washington, NY
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The #NYCGFF13 kicks off in 3 weeks at NYC’s Museum of the Moving Image — check out the full lineup and buy your tickets from the link above.