Greece, 2018, 117 min, Dir. Pantelis Voulgaris, Not Rated, Greek with English subtitles
This thought-provoking, beautifully photographed, gripping historical drama recounts of one of the most important chapters in modern Greek history — the events leading up to the execution of 200 Greek partisans by German occupiers in retaliation for the ambush killing of a German general. Napoleon Soukatzidis (MJFF 2017 film Cloudy Sunday) is an inmate of the Nazi’s Haidari concentration camp and interpreter for its Kommondant, Karl Fischer (André Hennicke, Academy Award-nominated Downfall). When news reaches him that a Greek resistance ambush claimed the life of a high-ranking German official and his escorts, Fischer orders 200 inmates of Haidari be executed. One of those inmates is Soukatzidis. But then, on Labour Day, 1944, Fischer offers Soukatzidis both an opportunity and a conundrum: he can nominate another prisoner to take his place and thus be spared death. Awarded Best Actor at this year’s Hellenic Academy Awards, Napoleon Konstantinou’s standout performance is one of many highlights in director Pantelis Voulgaris’ epic chronicle of one of the most significant moments of modern Greek history. This is ultimately how we should be leaving screenings about the history of war and broken lives: with tears in our eyes.
The best of international and independent cinema returns to Miami when the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) takes over the city for its 22nd year. The largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, and one of the three largest Jewish film festivals in the world, takes place this year over 13 days from January 10-24.
Tickets to MJFF screenings are available for purchase online or at the Gables Cinema box office.
General Admission – $14.00
Students & Seniors – $13.00 (with valid ID)
Gables Cinema Members & MJFF Members – $11.00