WITH THE ECONOMIC SUPPORT OF MUNICIPALITY OF PYLOS - NESTOR

JANUARY 24-26

PARALLEL SCREENINGS

Cine Rex, Hora, Messinia
& Cultural Center of Methoni, Methoni beach

JANUARY 24, THURSDAY

25 JANUARY, FRIDAY

26 JANUARY, SATURDAY

EDUCATIONAL ZONE

Α’ ZONE 09:00-10:00

  • Alexander the Great, the Macedonian | Bernard George (52)'This film takes a fresh look at the world of Alexander the Great, via material and artistic remains of ancient Macedonian civilization. Through a new perspective the actor Jonathan Hostier, reincarnates Alexander the Great, giving him voice and contemporary breath. The film is punctuated by extracts from Laurent Gaudé’s "The Blue Tiger of the Euphrates”, in an attempt to understand the world of Alexander and the inner motives which led him to the expedition that changed the world.

Β’ ZONE 10:15-11:30

  • Liyana | Aaron, Amanda Kopp (77’)


A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey in interwoven with poetic and pbservational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.
10+ (greek subtitles)

C’ ZONE 11:30-13:00

  • Bluebird | Mijke de Jong (90’)


Bluebird is a film about the sometimes lonely struggle of growing up. Thirteen year old Merel is a diligent and successful student living in the city with her parents and her younger disabled brother. But Merel is not the happy-go-lucky girl she seems and is harboring a secret. For no apparent reason wherever she goes, Merel is being bullied by a group of classmates. As the bullying escalates, Merel pulls away from her family. The bullying hardens her and pushes her in the wrong direction. To stop this descent Merel will have to grow up and decide what kind of young woman she wants to be.
10+ (greek subtitles)

EDUCATIONAL ZONE

Α’ ZONE 09:00-10:00

  •  The experts of Archeology | Joris Clerte, Pierre Emmanuel Lyet, Marc Chevalier (20’

Through short film animation, experts of archeology will explain to us in what way scientists reach conclusions interpreting clues which most of us consider unsolved or unimportant.
The film is in dubbed version and mainly addresses children’s audiences.

  •  Witness the Past | Aggeli Andrikopoulou, Argiris Tsepelikas (30’)

It is about a series of documentaries for kids aged 8-12 on the topic of antiquity smuggling and archeology in Greece, Egypt, and Cyprus.
The kids travel to hidden tombs, foreign countries, and ancient civilizations, and witness the exciting discoveries of valuable archeological objects, but also the threat of tomb raiders. The documentaries include archival material from feature films (“Helen of Troy”, “The Mummy”), archeological discoveries and representations of the illegal excavations and looting (a man who enters an ancient tomb, objects hidden in boxes which are carried on lorries, etc) while 3D representations of objects have also been used. The first episode narrates the story of the theft of “The Treasure of Nightingales” in Nemea. The second episode narrates the exciting story of the discovery of Deir el-Bahri in Egypt and the third reports the looting of the antiquities of Cyprus during the illegal excavations of Luigi di Cesnola.

Β’ ZONE 10:15-11:30

  •  One day in Aleppo | Ali Alibrahim (25′)

After five months of incessant and senseless shelling, a group of children living in Aleppo start painting the walls of their city. It is an act of protest as well as resistance: a small act that dares to dream of bringing back life in a place that has been humiliated by bombs and bullets, while international powers were watching without doing anything to save lives.

  •  Painting… | Ioanna Neofytou, Dimitris Stamatis (25’)


A group of children from Afghanistan in the hospitality center of Skaramagkas aged 10-13, draw their memories and experiences from the war and their journey. Through their drawings they describe their hometown the way they remember it, the town that hosts them, and the town in which they would like to live in the future.

C’ ZONE 11:30-13:00

  •  Tale of two mozzies | Jannik Hastrup – Flemming Quist Møller (75’)

Dagmar the dancing mosquito has the hots for Egon. But Egon, putting love on hold, is busy achieving the ultimate sprint on his bike and wants to see the world. When wicked red ant queen Dominella and her soldiers kill the black ant queen and take over her heap, our heroes are drawn into an exciting forest floor drama that puts their friendship to the test and forces them to use their talents to the utmost. Dubbed version for children up to 3rd grade of primary school

MAIN ZONE

18:00 A tree remembers | Konstantinos Follas (86′)


This is the story of Lidice, levelled and – literally – eradicated by the Nazis in retaliation for the murder of Reinhard Heydrich. However, despite the heavy death toll it paid, the Czech village –twinned with Distomo– not only was not erased from the map but constitutes a symbol in the fight against Fascism.

8 μ.μ. The road to Sparta | Barney Spender (60′)


Four runners, Four stories; One Greek drama The Road to Sparta follows the fortunes of four runners, including "UltraMarathon Man" Dean Karnazes, as they attempt to follow in the footsteps of Pheidippides and complete the gruelling 246 kilometre Spartathlon in just 36 hours. Using specially-commissioned poetry from AE Stallings and music from Old House Playground, The Road to Sparta blends the ancient tale with the modern race and discovers a road paved with blood and blisters, pain and glory.

9 μ.μ Queen Mimi | Yaniv Rokah (75′)


When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat.
Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger.
Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 90, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2015 Winner Best Documentary

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