17th San Francisco Greek Film Festival–Broke-Ass readers will definitely want to check this event as most of the films being offered will be shown this year for free. The sole exception is the drive-in screening of “Topkapi” at San Mateo’s Par 3 at Poplar Creek. It’s a screening in honor of the centenary of the birth of star Melina Mercouri.
“Free” offers a great reason to sample online some of the newest in Greek film. Siege On Liperti Street concerns a bankrupt family in danger of losing their home near the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia. With nothing left to lose, they decide to fight back to save the roof over their heads. When Tomatoes Met Wagner is a strange but true documentary. To save the dying farming village of Elias, a couple of cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate their tomatoes for export by playing Richard Wagner’s music to them. Could these bottled organic tomatoes be the key to Elias’ salvation? Electric Swan is set in a building whose movements give its unfortunate residents nausea. While the top floor residents fear falling, the lower floor residents fear drowning. See what else is being offered here.