The Athens Centre Film Nights present «Rembetiko» (1983)







The Athens Centre Film Nights present

(1983) by Costas Ferris

Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30pm



Considered to be one of the most powerful and emotional Greek movies, Rembetiko focuses on the life of an individual woman, a real person, Marika Ninou, and through her personal story, it retells the story of Greece, from 1920 to 1955: the national disaster in Minor Asia, the one million refugees who came to Greece, World War II, the Nazi occupation, the Civil War, immigration. The revival of an era, the recall of lost ethics of the old time musicians, and all the elements of a popular music and songs of Stavros Xarhakos (most of them with lyrics by Nikos Gkatsos). A voyage through the first half of the 20th century, but also a voyage to the origins of rembetiko – a Greek form of urban blues performed in low class joints where the social misfits of the twenties known as “rembetes” gathered. Rembetiko was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984, and won the Silver Bear. Sotiria Leonardou won the prize for «Best Actress» at the 1983 Thessaloniki Film Festival for her portrayal of Ninou and the film itself tied for «Best Picture», and won three other awards as well (two «Best Supporting Actor» prizes, and one for music).


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