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Outdoor Screening: 70 Years of Greek Animation

Date & Time:
27/05/2017  From 7:30 pm to 8:50 pm
28/05/2017  From 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

On the occasion of the 70 years animation, ASIFA HELLAS – Hellenic Animation Association together with Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base, are inviting professionals as well as lovers of animation to an event introducing Greek animation comprising a number of screenings and presentations.
Screenings feature two distinct animation anthologies, the first one being a historical retrospective and the second one presenting contemporary Greek animation creation, both curated by Vassilis Kroustallis, founder of Be there! Corfu Animation Festival. 

Screening 1: History of Greek Animation
Date: 27/05/2017 (Sat)
Time: 7:30pm – 8:50pm
Duration: 74'40''
This screening belongs to Category IIB, which is not suitable for children and young persons.
1. Apodemy (Migration)
Katerina Athanasopoulou/ 2012/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 5'03''
The film uses the term Apodemy (Migration) referring to immigration, confinement and stagnation of a force that leads to motion, creation and to migration as a salvation but not as an escape. This film took the Lumen 2013 award, one of the highest international distinctions in the world of digital arts.
2. Frics
Eleni Tsampra/ 2003/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 3' 15''
The money trail and the way in which it transforms people.
3. The hole
Iordanis Ananiadis/ 1983/ Col/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 7'25''
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. What he faces in the outside world makes him go back to his hole -and hide even deeper than ever before.
4. The line
Yannis Koutsouris, Nassos Mirmiridis/ 1973/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 2'47''
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.
5. Shhhh
 Theodoros Maragkos/ 1971/ Col/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 5'52''
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”.
6. Mirror Stage
Spyros Siakas/ 2005/ Col/ No Dialogues / 9'03''
The Story of a Puppet-Marionet wanted to be a Puppet - Animation in order to dance without wire and without the help of the Marionetist
7. Walk
Stratos Stasinos/ 1979/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 4'46''
A lonely man is suffocating as he walks around the streets of a big and impersonal city, which seems to him completely deserted.
8. Duce Narrates
Stamatis Polenakis/ 1942/ B&W/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 6'56''   
This film is an antifascist satire. Musolini tries to cover up with lies his defeat in the Greek front. Resourcefulness and audacity exemplified by the director characterize this first, heroic Greek attempt in the world of animation.
9. The Village
Stelios Polychronakis/ 2010/ Col/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 14'24''
A doctor mysteriously discovers that he is required urgently at the village. He arrives there after a long and difficult journey, only to find that the village is deserted.
10. Scent of City (Odeur de ville)
Georges Sifianos/ 1994/ Col/ No Dialogues / 8'13''
A young woman lives in a small attic within a big city, having her cat as her sole companion. While both live in adverse conditions, the woman progressively develops feelings of dependence, oppression and identification with her cat. As it goes, the only escape still left to her is that of her imagination or even revolt…
11. La grasse matinée
Natalia Kostopoulou, Sylvie Bringas/ 1992/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 2'25''
This two-minute surrealistic creation was based upon a poem by Jacques Prévert.
12. My Mother’s Coat
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits/ 2010/ Col/ In English with No Subtitles/6'06''
My Mother talks to me about post-dictatorship Athens, her struggle to adapt to the Greek mentality, her memories of motherhood, and her longing to go back to her small town in Italy.
13. The Holy Chicken of Life and Music
Nomint/ 2010/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 3'00''
The short film “Holy Chicken of Life and Music” tells the story of the Holy Chicken, a magnificent beast, worshiped and exploited, in a tale of love and regret, art and science, Life and Music.
Screening 2: Contemporary Greek Animation Collection
Date: 28/05/2017 (Sun)
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Duration: 59' 47''
This screening belongs to Category I and is suitable for all ages.

1. Morning Walk
Electra Fotopoulou, Maria Douni/ 2013/ Col/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 6' 12''
In Athens, during the ‘50s, the unregulated building of high-rise constructions, as a solution to the ever-rising population of the capital, alters the face of the city and the everyday life of a man. In the begging of this new era the hero tries to face a new reality.

2. The little mouse who wanted to touch a star
Panagiotis Rappas, Angelos Rouvas/ 2007/ Col/ English Subtitles /28' 56''
Once upon a time there was a little mouse who, each time he gazed up at the stars in the sky, was not content just to count them … he wanted to touch them. The more his grandfather tried to make him understand that this was impossible, the greater grew his longing to make his dream come true. Until one evening, just before Christmas, this little mouse was at last able to realize his wish – as so often happens when we want something really badly.
3. My Stuffed Granny
Effie Pappa/ 2014/ Col/ In English with No Subtitles/ 10'05''   
Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more? 

4. Doodle
Diana Kalimeri/ 2010/ B&W/ No Dialogues/3' 29''  
Steve was randomly created out of boredom. His creator drew him on a piece of paper while she was on the phone. He, later, gets thrown away in the rubbish, where his destiny is about to change...
5. Cicada and Ant
Alecos Papadatos/ 1988/ Col/ No Dialogues with English Subtitles/ 3'11''
An amusing variation of the famous Aesop’s fable.
6. Routes
Anastasia Dimitra/ 2011/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 1'20''
A short representation of the human thought and human psyche. The games thoughts play, sometimes dark and depressing, sometimes joyful and empty... A symbolic approach which features intense expressionistic elements.

7.  Ostriches
Gli Struzzi/ 1986/ Col/ No Dialogues/ 2'11''
A man tries to pass himself as an ostrich in order to get food, but to no avail. Based on a story by the French comic artist Jean-Marc Reiser.
8. Love in disguise
Angeliki Salamaliki/ 2006/ B&W/ No Dialogues/ 4'46''
A film like old silent movies. A young man and a woman hide their true identity, and have a fabulous night at their first meeting.
Retrospective Introduction of Greek Animation 70 Years:

Co-presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base, ASIFA HELLAS
Supporter: Hellenic General Secretariat of Communication & Information

Remarks: The screening schedule may be affected by adverse weather condition and the particular screening may be cancelled and re-scheduled. Please stay tuned for the latest updates on Comix Home Base and Hong Kong Arts Centre official websites.


Public Open Space, G/F, Comix Home Base (7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai)


Free Admission


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