Something Interesting is Happening in Greece
I saw L with director Babis Makridis in attendance a few days ago which got me thinking about the films coming out of Greece over the past few years.
In the Q&A after the film he was quick to quell any notion that there is a 'Greek New Wave' but rather offered the idea that there is a small number of independent filmmakers in Greece that for the longest time have been waiting for government funding, and in light of the latest financial situation they've realised there is no money and they have to just go out and make movies by themselves.
Influences range from Bertold Brecht to Theo Angelopoulos as far as I can tell, and yet the films feel completely new and fresh. I haven't seen all these but I'd like to watch more. There must be more, so let me know which I have missed.