A Family Affair

Dir: Angeliki Aristomenopoulou (2014)

WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY, HELLENIC FILM ACADEMY AWARDS 2015

WINNER: ORPHEUS AUDIENCE AWARD, LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2015

WINNER: GOLDEN FIPA, BIARRITZ INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMMING 2015


A Family Affair is an intimate and intoxicating portrait of the renowned Xylouris family, who have been maintaining the musical traditions of their native Crete throughout their lives. Following three generations of the family – legendary Psarantonis, his son George, and his grandchildren Nikos, Adonis and Apollonia – the film moves between Greece and Melbourne where the children now live, study and play.

The film is a portrait of family life, influence and legacy, as well as a thrilling examination of the way an age-old and vibrant musical tradition has been passed across generations and transcended national boundaries.

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Director: Angeliki Aristomenopoulou

Year: 2014

Language: Greek and English (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 87 mins

Rating: G

"We don’t carry this tradition as a family weight. It’s part of our lives, of who we are. We need this tradition to live, like we need oxygen."

- George Xylouris

"A joyous celebration of this family bound together by their shared love and talent for music and performance."

- ACMI.net.au

"This is a big-hearted examination of what binds us, from familial bonds to cultural gatherings."

- ACMI.net.au

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