A Ship to Palestine – by Nikos Koundouros, Sunday, 24.01., 15:45 (Hall 2)

Greece 2013, 110′, Greek with German subtitles
With Eva Psilaki, Theodossis Zannis, Despina Mirou, Manolis Papadakis, Yorgos Kopsidas a.o.

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Plot:

The story is set in a small harbor in the southern Peloponnese. Iordanis Kyroglou is a man of great power and a preacher in the Masonic lodge. Along with Yatrakos, his collaborator and police chief, he tries to collect information on the arrival of the cargo ship “Naomi”, which is carrying wheat from Panama to Israel. In anticipation of this ship, the stories of the main characters unfold: Abdullah Al Fakir, the leader of the Palestinian commandos; Sarah Ben Sussan, the Jewish daughter of Kyroglou; Kurt, leader of a Neo-Nazi group; the publisher of the local newspaper; and 17 young women who have arrived from the turbulent Balkans in search of a new homeland.

Nikos Koundouros

is a versatile, multitalented Greek film director who is considered one of the biggest personalities of 20th century world cinema. He started his career as a director of the film “Magiki Polis” (1954), where he combined his neorealism influences with his own artistic viewpoint. After the release of his complex and innovative film “The Ogre of Athens”, he found acceptance as a prominent artist in Greece and Europe, and acquired important awards in various international and Greek film festivals. His 1963 film “Young Aphrodites” won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1985 he was a member of the jury at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.