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5TH GREEK CULT FILM FESTIVAL

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February 9th, 2007, 12:24 pm #1

It was "Tsiknopempti" yesterday, that day all Greeks eat meat and drink tons of wine...so did I but that's why I forgot the announcement for the 5th Greek Cult Film Festival

Better a bit late than never I suppose...OK, here we go:

5TH GREEK CULT FILM FESTIVAL
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8-11 February 2007
Gagarin Club, Liosion street 205, Tel: 2108547601-2
Tickets Prices: 5 euro per movie, 15 euro per whole day, 10 euro per Special Live Show, 20 euro for the Cicciolina Live Show, 40 euro for the whole festival

THURSDAY 8/2
15.00 O TOKOGLYFOS (Omiros Efstratiadis) (?)
17.00 BOROUME KE KATO APO TA THRANIA (Kostas Bakodimos, teenage comedy, 1983)
19.00 CICCIOLINA SHOW (Michalis Lefakis Jr, 1987, Cicciolina's live show in Athens, Greece, an exclusive Greek VHS release !!)
21.00 RETURN OF THE BASTARDS (Fokion Bogris, action thriller - sequel, 2003)
23.00 MAD TV START CEREMONY - TRASH ME VJ SET

FRIDAY 9/2
14.00 FITITRIES (Takis Melidis, action thriller, 80s)
16.00 ROKAKIAS TIN IMERA TO VRADI KAMARIERA (Omiros Efstratiadis, comedy, 1984)
18.00 CICCIOLINA AMORE MIO (Amasi Damiani & Bruno Mattei, Italian sexploitation, 1979)
20.00 HOOLIGANS, KATO TA HERIA APO TA NIATA (Costas Karagiannis, action thriller, 1983)
22.00 TO KAKO (EVIL) (Yorgos Nousias, zombie horror comedy, 2005)
00.30 LIVE HORROR IN CULT FESTIVAL (?!)

Saturday 10/2
14.00 DEDICATED TO THE AEGEAN SEA (Masuo Ikeda, Italian sexploitation, 1979)
16.00 TELEKANNIVALI (Nikos Zervos, comedy, 1987)
18.00 PIOS THA PIDIXI TI GORGONA (Kostas Doukas, XXX, 80s)
20.00 FYLAKES ANILIKON (Dimis Dadiras, action thriller, 1982)
22.00 THE ATTACK OF THE GIANT MOUSAKA (Panos Koutras, sci-fi comedy, 2000)
00.30 CICCIOLINA LIVE SHOW, POP PORN PARTY (!!)

SUNDAY 11/2
15.00 O SKILAS (Dimitris Voyiatzis, action thriller, 1986)
17.00 O GIROS TOU THANATOU (Errikos Thalassinos, action thriller, 1983)
19.00 I OMOFYLOFILI (Giorgos Tsolakos, gay thriller, 80s)
21.00 MELI TO KORMI TIS (Elia Milonakos, sexploitation, 1975)
23.00 ENDING CEREMONY

Thursday was...yesterday, all films were cool, I don't know nothing about that O TOKOGLIFOS (any info?)...If you like Cicciolina that Greek show from the 80s was great. But the best film was of course RETURN OF THE BASTARDS, right?

Today has I FITITRIES, a nice trash shot on video (must be in the middle right now I'm writting), the ROKAKIAS is awful (why the hell they screen this?), CICIOLINA AMORE MIO is a so and so Italian sexploitation (soft or hard version?), HOOLIGANS is a must and THE EVIL...oh, it's just awful !!
But what that LIVE HORROR SHOW is about?!

Tomorrow we have a rare Italian sleazy giallish film (DEDICATED TO THE AEGEAN SEA) that I must watch, the awful TELEKANNIVALI, a cool XXX film by Kostas Doukas - the director of TO NISI TIS AMARTIAS, the great action FYLAKES ANILIKON, that ...giant mousaka sci-fi comedy (I haven't seen it but I usually hate these things), and...YES, CICCIOLINA LIVE !! WOW !!!

All four films on Sunday are recommended !!

OK, I don't know what Cicciolina has to do with Greek exploitation (unless those two unique documentaries been shot exclusively on Greek VHS in the 80s) but, hey, she's a great guest !! Of course they could choose a Greek cult cinema persona...OK

As for the films, most are interesting but I have seen them already. Those two Italian films are here just because Cicciolina is in them, DEDICATED TO THE AEGEON SEA has been shot in Greece with a few Greek actors and I MUST watch it as I said before...

Meet you there folks

PS< Greek Cult Film Festival has a My Space page with lots of info & photos:
http://www.myspace.com/greekcultfilmfest
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February 9th, 2007, 1:25 pm #2

Hey, I just found out what is that LIVE HORROR IN CULT FESTIVAL show !!

It's a concert...
The bands are: SAPILA THANATOU, METALIRA, ANORIMOI
SPECIAL GUEST:
STRATOS "PETHAMENOS/DEAD" LASKARIDIS
PREDENTED BY "SAKIS ROUVAS OF PIREAUS", a guy who THINKS he's similar to Greek pop star Sakis Rouvas (bliah! for both)
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February 9th, 2007, 1:29 pm #3

OK, below is the link to the GAGARIN CLUB OFFICIAL SITE
to read the story of Greek Cult Festival, and about all the other past & future shows/festivals in this cult club including BERLIN PORN FESTIVAL
that I stupidly missed :angry:
Text is in Greek only I'm affraid
http://www.gagarin205.gr/

They also have a MySpace Page:
http://www.myspace.com/gagarin205
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February 10th, 2007, 7:09 am #4

It's rather funny to continue replying to...myself but I just discovered that DEDICATED TO AEGEON SEA with Ilona Staller & Olga Karlatos has a Greek VHS release (I don't remember the label right now) and I've seen it ages ago...It's rather a softcore and not a...thriller as I first thought.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079037/

Anyway, tonight I'll be at the festival
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February 10th, 2007, 9:36 am #5

Cicciolina is a correct guest for a festival of cult movies or for porn movies but not for the greek films cult festival, remember last year they had Floriniotis as a guess, also a mistake, he is a cult singer but nothing to do with movies, Souglakos - Tina Spathi- Gousgounis were much better. There are so many actors and directors to invite like Omiros Efstratiadis for instance and many many others! And these films are not just for laughs, i don't beleive movies like Tilekanivali or Boroume ke kato apo ta thrania or Rokakias tin imera to vradi kamariera are cult, they are silly and boring and even housewives rent them and like them. The Cicciolina movies are italian, not greek. They should add movies like The bastards or Tsakalia or Strofi or the second Filakes anilikon, I mean action movies from the 80s if not from the 70s like movies with Lakis Komninos like Kaftes diakopes or Omfalos. For me the best in this festival are Return of the bastards, Houligans, Filakes anilikon, O giros tou thanatou, Meli to kormi tis. And they could add sexploitation of the 70s like this Milonaskos movie or Berto porn films. I don't like to be a pain in the ass but we have only this festival for greek cult movies so I like it to be better!
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February 10th, 2007, 12:44 pm #6

Well, keep us posted when you have been...maybe you could write an in-depth festival diary/journal and post it on here along with pics of people like Cicciolina, etc? Reviews of the films, any material they provide you with, etc....would make for nice reading!
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February 10th, 2007, 1:19 pm #7

I'll go tonight and let you know. The reason I'm not there all the time is that I've seen already most of the films. I'll post reviews & photos soon !!
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February 11th, 2007, 3:19 pm #8

As I said I was in the festival last night 'till 02.30

I watched PIOS THA PIDIXI TI GORGONA, a Greek XXX film of the early 80s directed by Kostas Doukas, the director of the violent sexy thriller gem of the 70s TO NISI TIS AMARTIAS (a must!). PIOS THA PIDIXI TI GORGONA is a cool XXX film about a Swedish actress who returns to Greece to make a porn/fantasy film called THE MERMAID. The film is typicall Greek XXX of the 80s, plenty of sex on the beach and very funny dialogues indeed, the audience enjoyed it a lot (between them I counted 3-4 women only!)

Next film I saw was FYLAKES ANILIKON, a strong action thriller from 1983, directed by Dimis Dadiras (RIP) and dedicated to his memory. What can I say about this gem? One of the best -if not THE best- Greek action flicks ever. Violent fights, tough motorcycle races & bets, sex, rapes, romance, and tons of CULT dialogues. The first hour of the movie we have the adventures of a poor boys' company, their problems with their families, their disco nights, romances, sex and even peeping as they peep each others' "activities". They try to get money from illegal motorcycle races. But while their life goes to a dead end they decide for a robbery. Things turn bad at the end and they go to prison together. Rest of the film is into prison that is a hell on earth.

Director of the prison is Artemis Matzas (an actor who always plays traitor roles), and general commander is Lefteris Giftopoulos in a funny gay (!!) role. But the best apperience is Nikos Tsachiridis who plays a bad & evil guardian called himself...God !!

A great rock theme song, an excellent rock soundtrack and hot disco of the 80s is the music of the film.
I have to mention that meeting Fokion Bogris outside the club at the end of the night (he professionally filmed the whole Cicciolina show plus her press conference!) he told me this is also his favourite action film of the 80s.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!

Last film of the night was THE ATTACH OF THE GIANT MOUSAKA, a newer sci-fi comedy. Mousakas is a popular Greek food and –to be honest- I was expecting a cheap, amateur silly comedy. Well, I was wrong. It’s a very clever sci-fi parody about a UFO with sexy females from outer space. One of them has trapped into a…piece of mousaka by mistake and that pice becomes giant with a kind of toxic oil.. The only way to save herself is to run to the sea but on its way there through whole Athens the mousaka spreads death around. Athens turns to a city of the dead (too many scenes with hundreds of bloody bodies). Hm, I guess dead bodies should be burned and not covered by blood…The giant mousaka created by computer looks very real indeed.
The movie has a good plot, something unusual for a recent Greek film (I hate most of them). There are plenty of gay elements (a company of transexuals and also some gay scientists wearing…pink blouses!). But the film is also a parody of modern Greek television and our lives who are actually trapped in TV…We watch a big part of the story through the TV news actually. The idea is clever and works fine.
The film is a tribute to sci-fi of the 50s…but also is a big satire of modern Greece and TV. I really enjoy it.Themis Bazaka has a…sexy role (!) that is another weird element.

And then we had…CICCIOLINA LIVE SHOW !!
OK, don’t expect a show similar with those of the 80s with all this nudity and the futuristic effects. It was only Cicciolina on the stage wearing a white sexy dress, along with two pink toy-doggies. She’s not so young now and silicone is there, but never mind. Her songs was there (I love that childish/angelic voice) and she was too warm with the audience. She didn't show us her...secret body parts but she let us touch her…almost everywhere and she even walked into the horny crowd (how daring!) kissing hundreds of men !!
Also she invited couples on the stage several times, audience was a bit shy to do real striptease but there were many nasty moments (and some funny ones). Most of the women who dared going on stage where rather…BBW, but I have no problem with that. Men seemed to like especially a Swedish girl named Sofia with really big boobs…
OK, I guess this is too much, I stop here. It was a funny & wet night.

The night continued with more music and happenings but I was too tired and rather drunk

At the reception they had a Cicciolina cart-postal for free and some T-Shirts with her, rather expensive (20 euro). They also sell there the RETURN OF THE BASTARDS (Fokion Bogris) official DVD for just 10 euro !!
But I was thinking I could find CDs of Cicciolina
Anyone out there knows where I can find her CDs?

PS< I search for actors...etc into the crowd but I saw only Stefanakis. And, as I said, Bogris with a friend was there filming the show.
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February 11th, 2007, 3:33 pm #9

70s wrote: I don't like to be a pain in the ass but we have only this festival for greek cult movies so I like it to be better!
Hey, of course it could be better (they could replace some films with some better ones, and all the other things you said) but you mustn't take the greek cult festival so seriously. It's just for the fun of it
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February 11th, 2007, 10:11 pm #10

cinehound wrote: And then we had…CICCIOLINA LIVE SHOW !!
OK, don’t expect a show similar with those of the 80s with all this nudity and the futuristic effects. It was only Cicciolina on the stage wearing a white sexy dress, along with two pink toy-doggies. She’s not so young now and silicone is there, but never mind. Her songs was there (I love that childish/angelic voice) and she was too warm with the audience. She didn't show us her...secret body parts but she let us touch her…almost everywhere and she even walked into the horny crowd (how daring!) kissing hundreds of men !!
Also she invited couples on the stage several times, audience was a bit shy to do real striptease but there were many nasty moments (and some funny ones). Most of the women who dared going on stage where rather…BBW, but I have no problem with that. Men seemed to like especially a Swedish girl named Sofia with really big boobs…
OK, I guess this is too much, I stop here. It was a funny & wet night.
I know perhaps most people were expecting a sexier show from Cicciolina but I was surprised by how sexy and revealing it was. The sexy dress you mentioned...well I wouldn't even call that a dress. I mean it was so revealing that even if it wasn't there it would be the same. So we had a semi-naked Ilona inviting some people on stage and making fun of them in public. It was more exciting than I was expecting it to be. Yes the silicone was there indeed, her breasts were so tight that were not even moving when she was dancing and walking around the stage. Perhaps there was cement in there instead of silicone?? I thought she was in pretty good shape considering she is now 56 years old!

I agree with what Miltos wrote about her ItaloDisco music, I like it and think she has a great voice. Her official website sells her CDs.
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