From award winning and acclaimed Greek Director Tassos Boulmetis (A Touch of Spice, Mythopathy), the heartwarming docudrama 1968 about the epic basketball game between A.E.K., Athens and Slavia of Prague (Czechoslovakia) will open the 26th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival on Wednesday 9th October.

Two special screenings will be held; The Opening Night Gala at The Astor Theatre followed by an After party including live entertainment ($59) and the Opening Night celebration at Palace Cinema Como which will include drinks and snack pack upon arrival ($39). Tickets are on sale now. For tickets click here

The film tells the story of the Greek basketball team A.E.K. and their David and Goliath battle to win the first ever European championship by any Greek team during a time of political instability in Greece and around the world including the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and the escalating Vietnam war.

The year is 1968, the date the 4th April, Greece is ruled by military junta and a record breaking 80,000 people have gathered at Panathenaic Kallimarmaro Statidum to watch the game. While this is happening, millions are glued to their radios… just like the tram driver who witnesses a miracle that night, the widow visiting the cemetery, a lovesick girl dreaming of her wedding day and the communist prisoner cheering from his jail cell. We also catch a glimpse into the lives of the patrons at the PROPO betting shop, where old and new wounds resurface.

Interwoven in the film is the original footage from the 1964 European final, interviews/commentary from the players of both teams as well as the personal stories of the people who were involved in this legendary sporting achievement. Also highlighted in the film are the historic events that led to the epic win including the formation of AEK in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople.

“We are thrilled to screen this nostalgic, uplifting film as our Festival Opening Night offering as it is a befitting start to a festival featuring some of the most acclaimed and awarded contemporary Greek story tellers in the industry” said Festival Co-Chairs Jim Bossinakis and Leonidas Vlahakis. “1968 is a film that highlights one of the most important sporting achievements in Greek history that needs to be acknowledged, promoted and celebrated.”

The Greek Community of Melbourne is proud to present the 26th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival which returns with an injection of Greek culture, history and stories over twelve days running until Sunday 20th October. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Greek Australian Short Film Festival which will feature a ‘BEST OF’ program. Synonymous with the Festival is the Greek Student Film Festival which makes a comeback this year as well. A full Festival program will be released soon.


WHAT:   1968 – The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Melbourne Opening Night Gala

WHEN:   Wednesday 9 October 2019, 7pm screening followed by After party

WHERE:  The Astor Theatre, Corner Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St. Kilda

TICKETS:  Adult $59; For tickets call 03 9510 1414 or click here

DETAILS: Includes drink upon arrival, gift bag, after party and live entertainment


WHAT:    1968 – The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Melbourne Opening Night celebration

WHEN:    Wednesday 9 October 2019, 6.15pm pre-film celebration; 7pm screening

WHERE:  Palace Cinema Como, Corner Chapel Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra

TICKETS: Adult $39; For tickets call 03 9827 7533 or click here

DETAILS: Includes drink and snack pack upon arrival



WHAT:    The Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Melbourne sessions

WHEN:    Wednesday 9 October – Sunday 20 October 2019

WHERE:   Palace Cinema Como, Corner Chapel Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra

WEBSITE:  www.greekfilmfestival.com.au

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/GreekFilmFestival


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