Film Screening, Culture

A Night with Tassos Boulmetis and "1968"

November 23, 2023

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University is pleased to host celebrated Greek director, Tassos Boulmetis.

Join us on Wednesday, August 23rd at the Goldcorp Cinema, SFU Vancouver for a screening of his recent film, "1968". The director himself will introduce the film, while a Q & A session, after the screening, will be moderated by the Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU, professor Dimitris Krallis.


Attendance is free. The presentation will not be recorded.

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April 4th, 1968. Athens' Kallimarmaro Stadium is abuzz, with thousands of people gathered and millions listening through their radios. The AEK – Slavia Prague basketball game has just begun. A girl in love is dreaming of her wedding day, while her future husband becomes more desperate with every Greek shot through the opposing team's hoop. An elderly husband and wife remember the home they left behind. A young communist prisoner cheers from his jail cell and a PROPO betting shop becomes the place where old and new wounds resurface. Years before this night, three Constantinopolitans decided to create an athletic union that will commemorate their story. At the end of this night, a moment in Greek had been made.


Tassos Boulmetis, the director of “A Touch of Spice” and “Mythopathy”, built his new film, “1968”, around a true athletic triumph that made history and united a divided country. Mr. Boulmetis studied Physics at the University of Athens and Film Production and Direction at the University of California (UCLA), under a scholarship from the A. S. Onassis Foundation. In Greece he started his career as a director/producer of TV shows for the state TV networks. In 1990 he wrote, directed and co-produced the film "The Dream Factory" which won awards in both Greece and the US. "A Touch of Spice", a film, which he wrote, directed and co-produced came next and became the biggest hit ever in Greece with over 1.600.00 admissions. It has been distributed in 45 countries in all over the world. His third feature, "MYTHOPATHY", a coming of age story of a young man during the 70's in Greece, is a sarcastic comedy, about the Greek political system and its path to the recent economic crisis.


Born and raised in Athens, Dimitris Krallis studied political theory at the University of Athens and Byzantine History at Oxford and at the University of Michigan. He teaches Byzantine history at Simon Fraser University’s Department of Global Humanities and is the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. His research explores the social, political, economic and intellectual history of Byzantium, as well as its modern reception.

This programming is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)

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