Sunday, October 15, 4:30 pm
2000 | 85 minutes | 35mm
In Greek with English subtitles
Cast: Renos Haralambidis (Nikos), Anna-Maria Papaharalambous (Sofia), Michalis Iatropoulos (Manolis), Kostas Tsakonas (Telis), Alkis Panagiotidis (Takis)
Nikos, struggling with work, romance, and finding meaningful purpose in life, roams the streets of Athens on a warm summer night looking for love and questioning his existence. Along the way, he befriends a motley bunch of quirky characters: a young woman who has just broken up with her boyfriend, two unrepentant middle-aged bachelors, two mobsters, and a poetry-reciting coffee house owner.
Featuring a live musical performance by Renos Haralambidis and acclaimed jazz vibraphonist and composer Christos Rafalides, prior to screening. Followed by interview with film historian Andrew Horton.
CHEAP SMOKES is the most autobiographical of my films. I tried to capture the essence of a bohemian generation of Athenians at the end of the 1990s that had moved to the margins. I tried to combine realism with elements of neo-expressionism, the atmosphere of film noir, and elements of the cinema of everyday moments, reality and fantasy, seriousness and ridiculousness. The film went unnoticed by both critics and the public, but it has been rediscovered by the next generation. It is still shown in cinemas all over Greece, almost 20 years after the first screening.