RKS Films: “Without Milk”: Why I Love Greek Cinema: 2021 Toronto Greek International Film Festival

Unfortunately, the Festival was rather dropped on me days before it was live. A whole host of Greek films by Greek filmmakers in Greece and throughout the world. I had only hours to chip away at a meaty selection of modern Greek films. Now what does a “Greek Film” mean. If you are of Greek ancestry whether you were born outside of Greece you are Greek in your heart. I bulllshit you not.  I have been married to a Greek lady for over 40 years and travelled to Greece since I was 11 years old. If you have any Greek blood in you are Greek! I am not Greek by birth but by circumstances I am Greek. I just prepared Greek stuffed vegetables this week-end and may the Greek Archbishop of Toronto strike me down if I do not attend Greek Orthodox services at Easter and have lamb and a complete range of Greek desserts from Serrano bakery in Toronto and wines imported into Toronto from Kolonaki Wines! Hint….Moschofilero with your Greek lamb preferably a whole Ontario Greek spring lamb!

Sorry for getting off track here. “Without Milk” is a unique Greek short dealing with a screenwriter Ilia dealing with Mr. Tasos a film producer. It would appear as the screenwriter has a gem that the producer wants to make into a film. The sense of optimism of Ilia diminishes as the producer suggests more and more changes that have an artistic work descending into a production verging on pornography.

How far will Ilia go to get his screenplay produced. Will he drop his pants as requested by Mr. Tasos? Humiliation and power in the film industry.

“Without Milk” is part of the Greek International Film Festival of Toronto that concludes this evening. However as there are Greek film festivals throughout the globe keep an eye open for it.

You can view the website at https://gifft.ca/

You can see the 2015 film here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o9N4jVHIRE&t=26s

Directed by Thordoris Vournas.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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