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3 Great Modern Greek Movies to Watch

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Dogtooth (2009)

3 Great Modern Greek Movies to Watch

Celebrating the broadcast of the Greek drama Forbidden Lust, we have selected three must-watch Greek films that are amongst the finest cinematic exports of the country!

Dogtooth (2009)

Considered as the film that gave birth to the Greek Weird Wave, Dogtooth is a 2009 drama co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Perhaps the foremost example of the new wave of Greek cinema – ominous, provocative, and surreal, the movie tells the story of three young adult children who live isolated in their parents’ house in the suburbs, without almost any contact with the outside world. According to their parents, a child is only ready to leave the house when their dogtooth falls out. Their reality consists of what their parents construct as reality for them, with anything “dangerous” being distorted into something acceptable.

Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Voyage to Cythera (1984)

Directed by the one and only Theo Angelopoulos, Voyage to Cythera is the first installment of the director’s loose ‘Trilogy of Silence’. The movie recounts the homecoming of an elderly man who was exiled after the Greek civil war for his left-wing politics. After spending some 35 years in the Soviet Union, he returns to find an aged wife and grown children waiting for him, but struggles to find any depth of feeling for them.

Voyage to Cythera participated at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Best Screenplay Award.

The Travelling Players (1975)

One more cinematic masterpiece by the award-winning Theo Angelopoulos, The Travelling Players was the movie that rocketed the director to worldwide fame. Telling the story of a travelling troupe of actors, covering a vast span of Greek history from 1939 to 1952. The story re-creates, in cinema, the classical Greek drama of the Orestaia and became one of the longest European movies with 230 minutes of pure artistry.

The Travelling Players won the FIPRESCI Award at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, the Best Film of the Year in 1976 for the British Film Institute, among other awards.

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