Xenia_posterThe latest, award-winning film by one of the key directors in the New Greek Cinema, Panos Koutras, plays at the Orfeas Cinema at 9pm on Friday, September 4. His fourth full-length feature, Xenia, follows two young Albanian-Greeks on an odyssey (his pun, not ours) across Greece to find the Greek father who abandoned them and their Albanian mother when they were young. The film was shown at the 2014 Cannes Festival and scooped up six awards at the Greek Film Academy Awards this April, including best film, best director and best script. Koutras, however, used his acceptance speech to explain that he and his crew would be declining the awards until laws about second-generation migrant rights in Greece are changed.

Koutras is no stranger to controversy. He won a cult audience at ‘underground’ film festivals around the world with his first feature, The Attack of the Giant Moussaka, in which a six-storey serving of the signature dish terrorized downtown Athens. (The dish was accidentally hit by an embiggening ray from a flying saucer flown by scantily-clad space lesbians, and it took a team of sex-crazed gay scientists to defeat it.) Later films, such as the surreal melodrama Real Life (in which Koutras burned down the Acropolis) and the tender transgender love story Strella, were lauded at international film festivals. And even though we understand this one involves an encounter with a gigantic toy rabbit, it is probably best filed under Adult.

The film is in Greek with English subtitles. Entry is free.

Stop press: The Orfeas apologizes but the copy of Xenia it will be showing has just arrived by courier and is Greek-only, without subtitles. The Orfeas hopes to show the subtitled version at a later date.


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Plums drying in the sun near Platanos square.

September 1 is New Year’s Day in the Orthodox Liturgical Calendar (the Church year). The dates of most of the major feasts are calculated from today. The Western church starts its year at Advent.
Also, today is the name day for a whole passel of people starting naturally with Adam.
Here is the list, first in Latin text with Greek following:

Adamantios, Adamantia, Amanda, Athena, Athina, Akrivee, Antigone, Antigoni, Aspasia, Afrodite, Fregia, Diamando, Adamandia, Ada, Dioni, Dodone, Elpiniki, Erasmea, Erato, Evterpi, Thalia, Theano, Theonymphi, Jasmin, Yasmin, Jasmeen, Yasmeen, Ismini, Kaliroi, Kalisti, Kallisto, Clio, Kleonikos, Cleopatra, Kleopatra, Patra, Patroula, Cleo, Koralia, Mando, Mandi, Manto, Margarita, Marianthe, Meletios, Meletis, Melpmene, Moshoula, Ourania, Urania, Rania, Pandora, Pinelopi, Bilio, Polimnia, Polynike, Polyniki, Polyna, Polina, Polytimi, Timi, Rallis, Ralis, Rallia, Raylee, Sapho, Simeon, Terpsihori, Haido, Haideftos, Hariklia, Haroula, Joshua, Jesus of Navi

Αδαμάντιος, Αδαμαντία, Αμάντα, Αθηνά, Ακριβή, Αντιγόνη, Γόνη, Ασπασία, Αφροδίτη, Φρέγια, Αδαμαντία, Αντα, Διαμάντω, Διώνη, Διόνη, Δωδώνη, Ελπινίκη, Ερασμία, Ερατώ, Τέτη, Ευτέρπη, Θάλεια, Θεανώ, Θεονύμφη, Ισμήνη, Καλλιρόη, Καλλιρρόη, Καλλίστη, Καλλιστώ, Καλιστώ, Κλειώ, Κλεονίκη, Κλεοπάτρα, Πάτρα, Πατρούλα, Κλειώ, Κοραλία, Κοραλλού, Μαντώ, Μαργαρίτα, Μαριάνθη, Μελέτιος, Μελέτης, Μελετία, Μελετούλα, Μελετίνα, Μελπομένη, Μόσχω, Μοσχούλα, Ουρανία, Ράνια, Πανδώρα, Πηνελόπη, Μπηλιώ, Μπιλιώ, Πολύμνια, Πολυνίκη, Πολύνα, Πόλυ, Πολυτίμη, Τίμη, Ράλλης, Ραλλία, Ραλία, Ραλλού, Σαπφώ, Συμεών, Συμεώνης, Συμεωνή, Συμεωνία, Συμεώνα, Συμεωνίτσα, Σύμος, Σύμη, Τερψιχόρη, Χάιδω, Χάϊδω, Χαϊδω, Χαιδευτός, Χαϊδευτός, Χαρίκλεια, Χαρούλα, Ιησούς του Ναυί

Have a good week!

Fruit from the garden in August; figs, grapes and plums.

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an interesting take

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Nothing to do with the post

An article appeared a few days ago in Kathimerini, one of the “center right” news outlets in Greece. The writer spoke with Jeffrey Sachs, another of the American economists who were advising Greece during the “doomed before they started” negotiations with the EuroGroup/troika over the last few months. It is difficult to tell whether Sachs is a “bright light” or not, though his advice is sought by many.

A snippet from the article says…
“In an extended profile in The New Yorker, Varoufakis says that Sachs contacted him repeatedly at the end of June to urge him to demand debt relief and, if he did not get it, to default. The American professor confirms this (“My advice was to suspend payments to creditors rather than to pensioners”), though he insists he never supported the adoption of a parallel currency. “I told them not to do anything in that direction, because it would lead to a forced exit,” he says emphatically, adding he had no hand in the consultations of the Grexit working group under Professor Galbraith.”

Though a bit too late, it is good to get another point of view from someone close to the negotiations which were never really negotiations.
Link above or here…

From H.

The waterreservoir has no water in it yet but oil has been dumped there instead! These photographs were taken by H. of the “crime scene” It might be good to find out why the reservoir is not working yet. What has been the hold up. No shortage of rain last winter and the heavy rainfall we had last week might have helped to top it up a little bit!




Be on time


Following the reports about the groups that are dancing in the dance festival tonight in Glossa I (Daphne) stumbled upon different starting times of the dance event. On the poster the time in english is 21.00 hours but in Greek it states 20.00 hours. Various reports talk about 20.00 hours so get there around that time and you will find a good seat if the event starts at 21.00 hours.


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