The 27th European Union Film Festival in Ottawa opened Nov. 17 with the screening of the Greek-Cypriot film Small Crime, directed by Christos Georgiou. The festival will last until Dec 2.
“Canadian Film Institute” describes the story of the film: Leonidas, a young, ambitious police officer, is assigned to a remote island in the Aegean Sea. He dreams of solving important crimes, but there are few to be found in the sleepy beach community where the only action he sees takes place between nude sunbathers. Each day at the town café, Leonidas and the other locals watch Angeliki, the small island’s most famous daughter, as she hosts a popular talk show on national TV. The boredom is shattered when the island experiences what appears to be an actual crime: the island drunk, Zacharias, is found dead at the base of a cliff. Eager to do some real sleuthing, Leonidas soon finds clues that tie the victim to Angeliki.
Two days ago the opening ceremony of the European Union Film Festival was held supported by many European countries and the Canadian Film Institute at the Library and Archives Canada – Auditorium.
The ceremony was attended by Greek Ambassador to Canada, Eleutherios Angellopoulos, the Embassy’s councilor, Lampros Kakisis, the press councilor, Sia Papatriantafyllou as well as members of Ottawa’s Greek community.
Founded in 1984, the European Union Film Festival is an annual showcase of the best of contemporary cinema produced in the European Union. Over the span of eighteen days, the Canadian Film Institute brings Ottawa audiences a wide selection of award-winning films from the Festival circuit, never-before-seen in the capital city.
Experience the drama, comedy, tragedy, and passion of the moving image from across the Atlantic and attend Embassy-hosted receptions, alongside film fans, academics, students, and local expatriate communities at 395 Wellington. Five-film Passports for CFI members, and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. Each year, this prestigious event is presented in collaboration with the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.