2021 Always on Sunday on Demand

The Always on Sunday On Demand film series presents two Greek films each month. Beginning the first Sunday of every month until the day before the first Sunday of the following month, films can be streamed on any device, anywhere around the world, on any day of the week.

Directed by Yorgos Gkikapeppas

2011 / 93 min

Cast: Kika Georgiou (Nadine), Iosif Polizoides (Nadine’s neighbor), Vassilis Bisbikis (Fotis), Natalia Kalimeratzi (Liza), Dimitris Kotzias (Stranger on the road), Anna Kalaitzidou (Dina), Leonidas Kakouris (Dina’s husband, a doctor), Iro Loupi (Marina, Dina’s doctor), Yorgos Ziovas (Antonis), Maria Tsima (Vasso), Michalis Sarandis (Yannis)

In this astonishing debut feature of director Yorgos Gkikapeppas, four powerful stories dealing with pregnancy unfold, each representing a harrowing perspective of the lives of couples in a city gripped by despondency.

Audiences may be familiar with the popular actors Vassilis Bisbikis and Leonidas Kakouris, known for their work in the Greek television drama Agries Melisses.

Not suitable for young viewers.
This film is in Greek and some Arabic, with English subtitles.

International Film Critics Award, Best Greek Film, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2011
Three Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Kika Georgiou
Greek Federation of Film Critics Award, Best Film

Screened May 2 – June 5, 2021

Directed by Dimos Dimopoulos

1966 / 103 min

Cast: Tzeni Karezi (Tzeni Skoutari), Dionysis Papagiannopoulos (Kosmas Skoutaris), Andreas Barkoulis (Nikos Mantas), Mary Lalopoulou (Diana Kassandri), Eleni Zafeiriou (Matina Skoutari), and Lambros Konstantaras (Miltos Kassandris)

In order to help her father, a political influencer, solve his financial problems, a young woman consents to a marriage of convenience to his political opponent, a parliamentary candidate.

The trio of Karezi, Barkoulis and Konstantaras –key players in the Greek film industry in the 1960s– adds special sparkle to this romantic comedy from the golden age of Greek cinema.

This film is in Greek, with English subtitles.

Screened May 2 – June 5, 2021

Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris
Based on a novel by Ioanna Karystiani

2013 / 132 mins
In Greek, with English subtitles

Cast: Penelope Tsilika (Orsa Saltaferou), Sofia Kokkali (Moscha), Aneza Papadopoulou (Mina), Andreas Konstantinou (Spyros Maltabes), Maximos Moumouris (Nikos), Vangelio Andreadaki (Hadoulaina), Vasilis Vasilakis (Savvas Saltaferos)

In the decades between the two world wars, the island of Andros was known as Little England, thanks to the wealth brought in by its burgeoning shipping industry. Behind the doors of an island mansion, a family drama of passion and star-crossed romance plays out. Two sisters are united and divided by a secret: their love for the same man. Award-winning cinematography sets the scene for this epic tale of love and loss.

Winner of six Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture 2014.
100% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer

The Hollywood Reporter calls Little England “handsomely mounted and impeccably acted” and says, “the trio of female protagonists is never less than mesmerizing.”

Filmed on location in Andros.

We are pleased to present an exclusive interview with lead actor Andreas Konstantinou.

Screened April 4 – May 1, 2021

Directed by Olga Malea
Based on a novel by Nicholas Papandreou

2007 / 86 mins
In Greek, with English subtitles

Cast: Tex Pardue (Alex), Antonis Kafetzopoulos (Lefteris Panagakis), Eleni Kastani (Mrs. Panagakis), Nikos Andreoulakis (Panos) Anna Louizidi (Myrto), Manos Gavras (Nikitas)

A prominent Greek politician (think Andreas Papandreou) sends his American-raised 11-year- old son to Crete to baptize the baby of a local party boss and parliamentary candidate. Trying to prove himself, the boy struggles with the Greek language and Cretan peculiarities. His initiation into the world of politics will mark him for the rest of his life. This film is ideal for family viewing.

Filmed on location in Crete.

Screened April 4 – May 1, 2021

Written and directed by Stelana Kliris

Cast: Melia Kreiling (Bride), Orestes Sophocleous (George)

2016/90 minutes
This film is in English and Greek with English subtitles

A romantic comedy about a man who takes to the road to escape the pressure of proposing to his girlfriend, only to come across a bride who has just run out on her wedding. What ensues is a bizarre road trip that explores ideas about love, marriage, and commitment. The director describes Commitment as “When Harry Met Sally on the road with a twist.” For all ages.

Filmed on location in Cyprus.

Screened February 7 – March 6, 2021

Written and directed by Maria Douza

Cast: Mirto Alikaki (Eleni), Mirjana Karanovic (Nina), Ilias Logothetis (Kyriakos), Nikos Orfanos (Markos)

2014/108 minutes
This film is in Greek with English subtitles

A cardiology professor based in London returns to Greece to try to reconcile with her estranged father whom she hasn’t seen in 15 years. When she arrives, she finds nothing as she expects it and begins to uncover family secrets. The film is a modern tale about the relentless movement of people, repentance, acceptance, and love.

Filmed on location in Greece.

Winner of 8 Cyprus International Film Festival Awards,
including Best Feature Film.

Screened February 7 – March 6, 2021

Written and directed by Manoussos Manoussakis

Screenplay by Ada Gourbali and Manoussos Manoussakis

Cast: Andreas Konstantinou (Vassilis Tsitsanis), Haris Fragoulis (Yorgos), Christina Hilla Fameli (Estrea), Vasiliki Troufakou (Lela), Yannis Stankoglou (Gianko)

2015 /116 mins
This film is in Greek with English subtitles

In 1943, as the persecution of the Jewish community in Nazi-occupied Thessaloniki escalates, a young Christian man falls in love with a Jewish woman. Their only refuge of sorts is a nightclub owned by the young man’s brother-in-law, Vassilis Tsitsanis, who is in his creative prime as a composer of rebetika. Traditional Sephardic music and Tsitsanis’ lilting melodies add to the poignancy of this enthralling drama about love and the horrors of war. The Forward calls it “a powerful, melancholy text that has important implications for contemporary struggles.”

Winner of three Hellenic Film Academy Awards.

Screened January 3 – February 6, 2021

Directed by Roy Sher

Documentary 90 mins / 2011
This film is in English, Greek, and Hebrew, with English subtitles

Three young musicians––an Israeli, a Turk and a British–born Greek Cypriot––embark on a mission to tell the story and explore the music of legendary Greek singer Roza Eskenazy. A Sephardic Jew born in Constantinople and raised in Thessaloniki, Eskenazi became the most recorded singer of rebetika, a genre described as Greek blues, in a career that spanned from the 1920s into the 1970s. Many of her songs, originally sung in Greek, Turkish, Armenian and Ladino, are reprised in this rousingly exuberant documentary that delves into why the singer’s music remains relevant today.

Screened January 3 – February 6, 2021