Summer Cinema 2016

The Hellenic Museum’s Summer Cinema program is back for another year featuring a stellar line up of Greek films with a spotlight on the goddesses of the Greek silver screen.

Running across February in the inaugural MPavilion, the 2016 Summer Cinema program features iconic leading ladies including Aliki Vougiouklaki, Tzeni Karezi, Irene Papas and Rena Vlahopoulou who will grace the screen at this year’s Athenian style outdoor cinema. 

The leafy courtyard of the former Royal Mint building will be filled with aromas of a Greek style BBQ with the introduction of Psistaria. Mouth-watering lamb, ancient grain salads and Greek coffee choc tops will be served each night as well as an array of Hellenic beverages. 

Full program is on sale now via eventbrite

Gates open with Psistaria and bar: 7 pm 
Screenings: just after dusk, around 8:30 pm
All films have English subtitles and rated M.

Saturday 6 February: I Hartopaiktra (The Gambler, 1964) – SOLD OUT

Box office sensation, I Hartopaiktra sold close to 600,000 tickets on its release in 1964. The black and white film stars one of Greece’s best loved comediennes Rena Vlahopoulou who plays Aleka, a woman obsessed with playing cards. When her gambling gets out of hand, her husband (played by Lambros Konstantaras) and family have to intervene.

Drama, 94 mins

Saturday 13 February: Lola (1964)  – SOLD OUT

The nightlife of the slums of Piraeus, resplendent with seedy characters and cool music, form the world in which sultry cabaret singer Lola (Tzeni Karezi) plies her trade.

This Greek noir classic tells the tale of Aris, played by Nikos Kourkoulos, returning to Piraeus after a three year prison stint to find out if Lola, who works at Stelios’ cabaret, was among the ones who betrayed him. Aris loves Lola but Stelios, who is also in love with her, assigns a thug to kill him. The film’s soundtrack by award winning composer Stavros Xarchakos is considered one of the classics of Greek cinema.

Drama, 105 mins

Saturday 20 February: Electra (1962) – SOLD OUT

Cannes Film Festival - Best Cinematic Transposition (1962)
Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (1962)
Thessaloniki Film Festival - Best Film / Best Director / Best Actress 

Directed by Michael Cacoyannis with a haunting score by Mikis Theodorakis, Irene Papas dominates in her award winning performance as Electra. A cinematic masterpiece of one of the most significant ancient Greek tragedies.

When King Agamemnon is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, Agamemnon’s daugher Electra and her brother Orestes plot their revenge. 

Based on the play by Euripides. 

Drama, 110 mins

Saturday 27 February: To Doloma (The Bait) – SOLD OUT

Blonde bombshell and silver screen icon Aliki Vougiouklaki entices and beguiles in this rags to riches tale.

Set on the island of Rhodes, a gambler hatches a cunning plan to use a pretty girl as ‘bait’ to swindle money off the wealthy. Enter cabaret dancer Kaiti (Vougiouklaki) who with his help, undergoes a transformation from cabaret dancer into a sultry, smooth talking femme fatale, with all the hoopla and humour expected from a Vougiouklaki film. 

Comedy, 93 mins.