Waiter, The (2018): Greek Steve Krikris’ Darkly Deadpan Neo-Noir

Director Steve Krikris
The Greek wave meets The Postman Always Rings Twice in The Waiter, a minimalist, darkly deadpan neo-noir.
The feature film debut of writer-director Steve Krikris.
Renos is a professional waiter, ambiguous, lonely, yet perceptive observer of people.
Unwillingly, he gets entangled in the mysterious disappearance of his neighbour Milan.
“The Blond” and Tzina, two people who had relations with Milan, lead Renos to extreme ride that will alter his well kept routine and test his ability and willingness to change his life over matters of love and death.
As the relation between Renos and the two develops the thin line of secrecy will break.
Will Renos be able to follow through?
Release: 2018
Running time: 95 minutes
Greek with English Subtitles)
Director Bartosz Konopka
In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bartosz Konopka, this genre-bending historical epic has been hailed as a “stunning showcase of experiential horror” (Bloody Disgusting) that “strikes with brutal clarity” (ScreenAnarchy). (2018 | 104 minutes | Polish with English Subtitles)
Director Janusz Majewski
A dark Gothic romance, LOKIS: A MANUSCRIPT OF PROFESSOR WITTEMBACH is a faithful (though expanded) adaptation of Prosper Merimee’s famous story, and the creme de la creme of the small horror niche dealing with the Eastern variant of the werewolf — the “werebear”. Reverend Wittenbach, clergyman and bibliophile, travels into the eastern regions of Polish-Lithuanian forests — the “kresy” — in order to explore the vast library owned by a rich family of noblemen. Hosted in their luxurious mansion, the reverend learns the strange secrets of the surroundings and discovers the family’s dark and disturbing secret — there are whispers that his host, the enigmatic young count, Michal Szemiot, may be something other than a man… (1970 | 94 minutes | Polish with English Subtitles)
Director Mario Piredda
Anita, a rebellious sixteen year-old, is facing a difficult situation: her mother died of leukemia and now Jacopo, her father, is also sick: his need for a bone-marrow transplant is increasingly urgent. Anita isn’t compatible, and neither is her grandfather Tonino, a shepherd. Jacopo’s brother, Gaetano, may be a donor match, but he’s a hothead harboring a grudge which has kept the brothers apart for years. Anita, however, is somehow able to chip away at his armor, begin to patch up old wounds and convince him to take the tests that could possibly save Jacopo’s life. (2019 | 97 minutes | Italian and Sardinian with English Subtitles)
Director Abner Pastoll
Sarah Collins (Sarah Bolger, “Mayans M.C.”, “The Tudors”, Emelie) is a single mother struggling to raise two young children while searching for answers about the unsolved murder of her husband. After being coerced into helping a low-level drug dealer, she finds herself the target of a dangerous crime boss. Desperate to keep her family safe, Sarah turns the tables on her victimizers in one final act of brutal vengeance. Set in the dark underbelly of Northern Ireland, Abner Pastoll’s A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND is a “lean, mean, painfully real crime thriller” featuring “one hell of a performance” by Sarah Bolger that “will make you cheer [for] her ability to overcome the worst of humanity and come out the other end kicking all sorts of ass” (Slash Film). (2019 | 97 minutes)
Director Brunello Rondi
A young peasant living in a small village in Southern Italy, Purificata (Daliah Lavi) is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. Considered a witch by the locals, her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession, and the villagers turn against her and condemn her to death. The second film by frequent Fellini collaborator Brunello Rondi, IL DEMONIO is a stunning story of obsessive love, set in a rural village where Christianity has integrated many of the old superstitious beliefs. (1963 | 100 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)
Director Jehane Noujaim
In 2011, the eyes of the world were on Egypt as a group of activists made Tahrir Square in Cairo the center of demonstrations demanding an end to the nation’s repressive government. As the movement suddenly gained mass support and became the focus of international media attention, Egypt was on the brink of revolution. Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim was a regular visitor to Tahrir Square, and THE SQUARE captures Egypt’s political upheaval as it was happening, with activists and would-be revolutionaries of all stripes speaking their minds and watching the government react as the world watches them.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards and a Sundance Award winner for Audience Award for World Cinema in the documentary category, THE SQUARE also won three Emmy Awards and the People’s Choice Award in the documentary category at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. (2013 | 105 minutes |
Egyptian with English Subtitles)