Summer Cinema Program
2014 Program complete! 2015 planning is in the works, stay tuned to this page for more information
“Magnificent movies in the company of Stars.” Anon
1 February - 1 March, 2014
Kick back under the open sky and watch a classic film from Greece’s golden era of movies. Set in the private garden courtyard behind the former Royal Mint just opposite Flagstaff, the Hellenic Museum and the Greek Film Festival present seven films over four weeks.
Renowned restaurateur Con Christopoulos escorts audiences into dusk screenings with the creation of his first pop-up, Pagoto. Meaning ice-cream in Greek, the dining experience pays tribute to the flavours of Greece, evoking childhood memories, and the cultural space of the Museum.
Street of Gold and Silver Screens Exhibition
A collection of memorabilia from the Greek Cinema circuit in the 1950s and 1960s Australia is on loan from Peter Yiannoudes. Including film reels, photography and poster art, the exhibition runs in conjunction with the Summer Cinema.
All films (except for The Little Runaways) are subtitled
Gates Open with Pagoto dining and bar: 7pm
Screenings: just after dusk, around 9pm
Kids films: in the theatre of museum, commencing at 4.30pm
Head over here to grab tickets, full program below.
Saturday 1 February 2014: Koinonia, ora Miden. (1966)
Noir Drama. Our man Nikos Kourkoulos takes on the authorities as they work towards a cover up at any cost. Kourkoulos stars as a former air force pilot, now alcoholic and life in tatters, who is appointed to investigate a plane crash. He and sole survivor, played by Mairi Hronopoulou, face threats, bribes and abuse in a brisk paced tale of morals vs. money.
Saturday 8 February 2014: The Red Lanterns (1963)
Cannes entry, Academy Award nominee. Set in a shady neighbourhood in Piraeus where most of the inhabitants are prostitutes, the film follows their individual stories and lives as gentrification sweeps across the town. With a nostalgic, underground atmosphere, and a stellar cast including Manos Katrakis, Giorgos Fountas and Tzeni Karezi, this celebrated film is one of the finest examples of cinematography produced from Greece’s golden era.
Saturday 15 February 2014: Madalena (1960)
Comedy drama. Greece’s famed beauty Aliki Viougiouklaki stars as Madalena, who after the passing of her father is left to care for her six younger siblings. With the aid of the local, unconventional priest, played by Pantelis Zervos, Madalena battles to continue her father’s ferry transport operation and support her family. Composer Manos Hajidakis captures the sentiments of the era and the landscapes of the Greek Islands in this award-winning tale of duty and love.
Saturday 22 February 2014: The Little Runaways (1969)
Kid’s adventure. Rebelling against his estranged grandmother and sent away to reform school, Alexis decides to runaway. Upon meeting Maria, a girl who quickly becomes his ally and harbours him, the real adventure begins. Not subtitled, but a great way for the kids to practice their Greek.
Saturday 22 February 2014: Girl in Black (1956)
Golden Globe winner, Palme d’Or nominee. Marina’s family, affluent before the war, now face both ridicule and jealousy. The arrival of two well off Athenians soon promise the beginnings of love and hope for Marina, yet events escalate when an unwanted suitor, Christos, plays a practical joke on the young lovers. A fine example of director Cacoyannis’ early work.
Saturday 1 March 2014: Peppermint (1999)
Kid’s classic. Traveling through time in an extended flashback, Stefanos revisits his childhood through the memories of his most dear friend and cousin, Marina. Summer, family reunions, and curiosity chronicle their relationship in this coming of age tale of friendship and love.
Saturday 1 March 2014: Blood on the Land (1966)
Oscar nominee. Set in Thessalia in the early 20th Century, when things were changing for both the rich and poor, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposing views on how the poor workers on their land should be treated. A tale of justice, solidarity and the ageless pursuit of morals.
All films have English subtitles. Doors open at 7pm, with pop-up dining and a fully licensed bar to escort you into dusk. Seating around 9pm, with the film to follow shortly after. Melbourne is known for its temperamental weather, so don't forget to rug up.
The Hellenic Museum reserves the right to cancel screenings based on weather conditions. Check out our facebook page for updates. Cancellations will be announced before 7pm.
Special thanks to Peter Yiannoudes and the Cosmopolitan Motion Pictures film archive.