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Kisses to the Children
Carousel FILMS | film director: Vassilis Loules | Livin' and Lovin' it in Greece | MASSIVE PRODUCTIONS |

In our effort to always open new windows to the history of Greece and not only the history, but everything related to the country you are now living in, we have found a gem: an awarded-winning documentary film about the Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families from the Nazi’s persecution during the World War II.

The film also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.

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The film director:

VASSILIS LOULES

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 MASSIVE PRODUCTIONS

Carousel FILMS

“LIVIN’ and LOVIN’ IT IN GREECE”

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present

the awarded-winning documentary film

“KISSES TO THE CHILDREN”:

Personal, little stories in the turbulence of History.

The film director Vassilis Loules will honour us with his presence and will be there after the end of the film to answer questions.

The film is in Greek with English subtitles.

PRESS RELEASE:

Vassilis Loules / MASSIVE PRODUCTIONS /

Carousel FILMS / “LIVIN’ and LOVIN’ IT IN GREECE”
present
the awarded-winning documentary film
Kisses to the Children
Original Greek title: Filia eis ta pedia / Φιλιά εις τα παιδιά
written and directed by Vassilis Loules
Five Jewish children saved by Christians in German-occupied Greece.
Childhood was their Garden of Eden.
Even though they spent it in hiding,
even though they lost it in the shadow of the Holocaust.
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 19:00
 
at the GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
(TAINIOTHIKI TIS ELLADOS)
Athens, Iera Odos 48 & Megalou Alexandrou Str., Gazi
Metro Station: KERAMEIKOS / tel. 210 3609695 / www.tainiothiki.gr
The film will be screened with ENGLISH SUBTITLES
(original language: Greek)
Running time: 115 mins
Q&A with the director will follow
Tickets: 7€
 
8 Awards at Greek and International Film Festivals
“Kisses to the Children” is not just another film about the Holocaust;
it’s a film about childhood in the shadow of the Holocaust.
Personal, little stories in the turbulence of History.
“Kisses to the Children” was shot
in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina & Chania, Greece
and in Auschwitz, Poland.
It was in theatrical release in Athens & Thessaloniki
from February 7th to April 15th,
was screened in many Greek towns, won awards at film festivals
and received many rave reviews.
                                                                                       
The New York Premiere will be held on June 19th
Synopsis
Five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, five “hidden children” who lived in total silence, tell their stories.
Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers. Secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust.
Five children were forced to mature abruptly.
Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of thousands of children, those who were never given the time to grow up.
                                 
The movie follows these persons from childhood to present day, revealing their hidden stories and invaluable personal documents -a diary of a child, photographs and home movies. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.
Festival Awards
·      Greek Film Festival Chicago 2012, USA
   -Audience Award
 
·      “Agon”-International Meeting of Archaeological Film 2012, Athens, Greece
   -Best Direction Award of the Jury
   Award of the Public
 
·      Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People 2011,
   Greece
   -Best Feature Length Documentary Award of the International Jury
   -Best Feature Length Documentary Award of the Children’s Jury
 
·      Chalkida Greek Documentary Festival 2011, Greece
   -Best Direction
   -2nd Best Documentary
   -Best Music
  
Testimonies
Rosina Asser-Pardo
Iossif Ventura
Eftyhia Nachman-Nachmia
Shelly Kounio-Cohen
Marios Soussis
Written and directed by
Vassilis Loules
 
Research
Vassilis Loules
Rea Apostolides
 
with the collaboration of
THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE
 
Editing
Vassilis Loules
Chronis Theocharis
Yannis Katsamboulas
Music
Nikos Kypourgos
Produced by
MASSIVE PRODUCTIONS
VASSILIS LOULES
GREEK FILM CENTRE
HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION-ERT
with the kind support of
THE J. F. COSTOPOULOS FOUNDATION
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION
THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE
TASK FORCE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, AND RESEARCH
Film archive footage and Photographs kindly provided by
THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
WAR MUSEUM OF ATHENS
JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI
FOTOS LABRINOS FILM ARCHIVE
PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE OF BENAKI MUSEUM
 
Developed in the workshops of
STORYDOC – The Educational Institute for Documentaries
 
 
Director’s CV and Filmography
 
Vassilis Loules is a fiction and documentary director.
Studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical Univesity of Athens, Greece. He also studied Cinema. Collaborated with Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) as Coordinator of the Short Films Program and with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Film Archive.
His films have won awards at festivals.
His short “A Bright Shining Sun” participated in many international film festivals (including Clermont-Ferrand, France 2001) and was screened all over the world within the framework of ‘‘The New Greek Cinema’’ Tribute.
Filmography (selection)
2011   Kisses to the Children, documentary, 115 mins
2005   Lela Karayannis, the Fragrance of a Heroine, doc., 29 mins
2000   A Bright Shining Sun, fiction, 36 mins
1999   Elefsis; Stories from Machines Echoing, doc., 30 mins
1996   Meteora and Pindos mountain, doc., 93 mins
1993   The American, fiction, 39 mins
1990   Absent, fiction, 15 mins
 
 
Contact: vassilisloules@yahoo.gr   /  tel: +30 6944 524 198
 
See the TRAILER of the film
The attached file entitled:
NEW YORK GREEK FILM FESTIVAL_on KISSES TO THE CHILDREN
contains a review in English by James DeMetro,
Director of the New York Greek Film Festival
and
(for all those who know Greek)
the attached file entitled:
KISSES TO THE CHILDREN_FILM REVIEWS-PUBLISHED ARTICLES
 
contains
excerpts of published articles and reviews of the film
as well as a complete list of:
-TEXTS, ARTICLES & PRESENTATIONS in the print and electronic Press
-OPINIONS BY FILM CRITICS
-INTERVIEWS AND TEXTS of director Vassilis Loules
  
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“Φιλιά εις τα παιδιά στη Θεσσαλονίκη”
 
 
Kisses to the Children a documentary film by Vassilis Loules

6 Responses to “Kisses to the Children”

  1. admin says:

    Dear Laurie,
    Please send me your e-mail address at info@livinlovin.gr, and I’ll bring you in contact with the director

  2. Laurie Herman says:

    Can you please tell me whether this film is available for purchase as a DVD with English subtitles?
    Thank you!

  3. admin says:

    I already forwarded your message to the film director Vassilis Loules, who happens to be on a tour in the States with the film at the moment.
    I am sure he’ll reply !
    Our very best,
    The LIVIN’ LOVIN’ Team

  4. Theresa Zisis says:

    Hello I live in the U.S.A. And last night Stony Brook Greek cultural committee showed this movie with English subtitles. Various people could not attend but we would love to see this wonderful movie that everyone spoke so highly of and maybe play it in our community center . How can and where can I get a DVD of this movie again with English subtitles. Any info greatly appreciated and congrats to you on a beautiful film..

    Ms. Theresa Zisis

  5. admin says:

    Dear Charity,

    It is very difficult for us to organise a new special screening (availability of dates and venues) during the summer. Maybe later.
    Nevertheless, the film director Vassilis Loules informed us that the film is now shown every day at 18:30 at DIANA CINEMA in Marousi, 14 Perikleous str. (100 meters from the ISAP Train Station of Marousi), but WITHOUT ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

  6. Charity M says:

    Can you show this again? I was out of the country earlier.

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