Focus To Greece: 70 Years Of Greek Animation: Retrospective

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DUCE NARRATES
Greece, 1942/45, 6′ 48”, B&W, Greek (English subs)
Director: Stamatis Polenakis

The first Greek animated film and an antifascist satire. Mussolini tries to cover up with lies his defeat in the Greek front. Cartoonist Stamatis Polenakis started his film during WWII, but it was completed only after the war.

 

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SHHHH
Greece, 1971, 5′ 52”, Color, Greek (English subs)
Director: Stamatis Polenakis

This film conveys hidden messages of satire (the inauguration of big constructions), a risky attempt to have been completed during the Greek military junta [1967-74]. Its general command “Shhhh” means “let sleeping dogs lie”.

 

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THE LINE
Director: Yannis Koutsouris, Nassos Mirmiridis
Greece, 1973, 3’, Color, Non-dialogue

Everyday people move on a straight line, guided by gigantic fingers and having fingerprint bodies. Whoever tries to get out of the line gets crashed and disappears.

 

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OFFICIAL GUEST
Greece, 1981, 5’23”, Color, Non-dialogue
Director: Markos Holevas & Stella Tsikra

Α hard-working employee sees the outcome of illusory fame. It is reported to be the first Greek film in claymation.

 

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THE HOLE
Greece, 1983, 7’, Color, Non-dialogue
Director: Markos Holevas & Stella Tsikra

A satire of Greek social reality: the leading character dares to step out of the security of his hole, the underground home where he lives in a secluded state. It is the official selection (out-of-competition programme) at the Annecy festival in 1985.

 

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COSMOS
Greece, 1987, 5’10”, Color, Non-dialogue
Director: Dimitris Karathanasis

A little man tries to overcome the obstacles of his life but has no clue where he’s going to.

 

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CICADA AND ANT
Greece, 1988, 3’11”, Color, Non-dialogue
Director: Alecos Papadatos

An amusing variation of the famous Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper.

 

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THE SWIMMER’S TALE
Greece, 1985, 17’38”, Color, Yunanca
Director: Stratos Stasinos & Nassos Mirmiridis

A 3 ½ year effort in puppetry animation, The Swimmer’s Tale is based on a Greek folk song. It tells the story of a young man who is enthralled by a girl in an otherworldly poetical and lyrical but dangerous setting.

 

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SCENT OF CITY (ODEUR DE VILLE)
Greece, 1994, 8’13”, Color, Non- Dialogue
Director: Georges Sifianos

A young woman lives in a small attic within a big city, having her cat as her sole companion.

 

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LA GRASSE MATINÉE
Greece, 1994, 8’13”, Color, Non- Dialogue
Director: Georges Sifianos

This surrealistic creation was based upon a poem by Jacques Prévert.

 

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35Χ50
Greece, 1997, 4’05”, Color, Non- Dialogue
Director: Spyros Rassidakis

Three designing tools become the lead characters: a pencil, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. The three of them are having fun on a 35x50cm “paper floor,” until a bad-tempered black marker appears, to ruin all their fun.