Greek Film Festival of Melbourne opens with comedy ‘Alex & Eve’

by on 13/08/2015

MELBOURNE | This year’s Opening Night film will have your hearts dancing as the hit Australian stage play Alex & Eve turns big screen sensation in this World Premiere event at the iconic Astor Theatre, which was recently rescued from imminent closure and reopened by Palace Cinemas.

Directed by Peter Andrikidis, Alex & Eve is a feel-good Australian story about dating in a multicultural landscape.

Alex (Richard Brancatisano) is a handsome Greek Orthodox man in his mid-­thirties whose parents want him to marry a good Greek girl. But Alex has fallen in love with Eve (Andrea emetriades), a Lebanese Muslim woman. Like oil and water, the two should never mix – but how can they stop themselves from falling in love?

“In the spirit of Greek Comedy Films of the 1960’s, Alex & Eve is a comic examination of falling in love and not following your parent’s expectations. The film has an entire cast of actors from multi-ethnic backgrounds. To me it is important to give a voice to all cultures that have migrated to Australia. Australian stories are migrant stories, my grand-­‐parents and my father migrated to Australia in the 1950’s and those customs they had in the ‘old country’ get ‘frozen in time’ over the decades even though those customs have progressed in the country they left”, said Peter Andrikidis, director of Alex & Eve.

Written by Alex Lykos (who also appears in the film as Alex’s older brother) and based on his play of the same name, Alex & Eve delivers all the warmth and humour of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and then takes it to the next level. Uproarious performances by Tony Nikolakopoulos and Zoe Carides as Alex’s indignant parents are the icing on this delicious cinematic cake.

Price: Full $55.00 Greek Community Premium Member/Palace Movie Club $50.00. Tickets: or call 9827 7533

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm. Astor Theatre, Corner Chapel Street & Dandenong Road, St Kilda

The full program of films will be announced in September. The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival runs 14 October ‐ 1 November, 2015. Only at Palace Cinema Como