From award winning and acclaimed Director Tassos Boulmetis, 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.
The 26th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival Opening Night Gala will be held at The Astor Theatre followed by the After party ($59) and the Opening Night celebration will be held at Palace Cinema Como
which will include drinks and snack pack upon arrival ($39). Tickets will be available soon at www.greekfilmfestival.com.au
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.
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.