Just try not to gaze longingly into the shimmering azure sea seen in Roza of Smyrna. Sorry, it's impossible. The film has been called a Greco-Turkish Romeo and Juliet, and its blend of scenic sights and romantic drama is a great fit for the Greek Film Festival's 2017 opening night. While you're watching, you'll fall in love with the story and the picturesque region.
With the fest taking over Palace Barracks from October 12 to 15, that's just one of the titles on offer in Brisbane's short but sweet program. Other highlights The Bachelor, which has been dubbed the Hellenic version of The Hangover,; and Dogs of Democracy, which aims to be an Athens-set, canine-centric version of cat doco Kedi.
From Greek mumblecore to an exploration of Cyprus at war, there's more where they came from. It's the festival's 24th year, and they're making the most of it. We'd smash some plates in celebration of that.