As part of the European Month of Culture in Washington DC, the
Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with Georgetown
University Modern Greek Studies and Pillars of Greek Culture organized the screening of The First Line, a love story and legal thriller built
around the case for the return of the Elgin Marbles.
The First Line is a love story about two Greek Attorneys who sue the
British Museum for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
Andreas (Pantelis Kodogiannis) was forced to leave his homeland of
Greece as a child but he now returns at the invitation of the Director
of the Acropolis Museum (Giancarlo Giannini) to pursue the case against
the British Museum. As he gathers evidence to prove that documents were
forged to allow for the sale of the Marbles to the British Parliament in
1816, the city of 2011 Athens finds itself in the state of economic and
social crisis. Andreas is assisted by his co-worker and love interest
Eleni (Kassandra Voyagis) as they go to London to begin the legal
A deposition of the British Museum curator (Michael Byrne) turns
confrontational as Andreas presses the case against the Museum. The
General Council for the British Museum (Paul Freeman) comes to the
defense of his client and exploits the over-confidence of the Greek
legal team. Evidence about the structural condition of the Parthenon at
the time of the taking of the Marbles is also presented by the
Acropolis’s Head Archaeologist (Georges Corraface) using the latest 3D
technology. The two lawyers and lovers face a long, hard road to
reunification that ultimately brings them to an appeal at the
International Court of Justice.
The main cast is joined by other supporting roles including Yorgo
Voyagis, Spiros Fokas, and other Greek and international talent.
The film was written, produced, and directed by Coerte Voorhees and
John Voorhees. This is the Greek-American directors’ first feature film.
The idea for ΤHE FIRST LINE was originally inspired by Coerte’s thesis
research on the Parthenon Sculptures at Georgetown University. Coerte
and John co-wrote the script while Coerte has been pursuing a Masters of
Fine Arts in film production at the University of Southern California
School of Cinematic Arts and John was finishing his MBA at Stanford.
Coerte and John made The First Line because they were interested in
exploring the deeper meanings of the Parthenon Sculptures. The Parthenon
itself is a cinematic composition that, through sculpture, tells the
story of the birth of Athena and her contest to have justice preside
over the people of Athens. Having lived in Athens, John and Coerte
wanted to relate this ancient myth to modern times and to demonstrate
that the Marbles are still important to the people of Greece today.
The story is also about the love between a man and his home country,
just as a man may love a woman. The Athenians chose the goddess Athena
to represent them, so that they could “fall in love with her” as
Pericles famously said. This love and devotion drives at the heart of The First Line.
The directors are supporters of reunification because it allows for
the more fully completed Parthenon to be seen and appreciated. The legal
argument for the return is presented because of the rich history it
offers. Central to this argument is the discovery that a name was
changed on one of the documents to allow for the sale of the Marbles. It
is the directors’ hope that at the very least, more people in the
international community will understand the history of the Parthenon
Marbles and that their sacred meaning will be retold to a new
Greece may be a small country but produces high quality goods! 109 Greek Products won the 2015 Superior Taste Award from The International Taste & Quality Institute! Honey, oil, dairy products and fisheries are only some of them!
Three months full of art and culture in the region of Athens thanks to the "Athens and Epidaurus Festival"(http://greekfestival.gr/en)!
This event that has lasted for 56 years (summers specifically) was the reason for National Geographic to put the city of Athens among the best trips for the summer 2015!
The 9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival took place on June 3 - 7, 2015! It showcased new films from Greece and Cyprus, and included works by international filmmakers of Greek descent. Congratulations to all participants! http://lagff.org/
Greek wine producers will try to increase their exports to US. According to a survey conducted by the Association of Greek wine producers, 80% of the Americans drinking wine on a weekly basis said that
they are familiar with Greek labels and 14% answered they had tasted
Greek wine within the month asked.
For more information, please read the article posted in Greeknewsagenda: http://www.greeknewsagenda.gr/2015/06/greek-wine-american-market.html