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First Time Godfather

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
12:00 AM
Modern Languages Building, Lecture Room 1
812 East Washington
Ann Arbor
Central Campus, U-M

The U-M Modern Greek Program presents ?The First time Godfather? Film Screening on Feb 10, 2009 at 7pm, in the Modern Languages Building, Lecture Room #1 (Free and open to the public). The California-born eldest son of a Greek political family, a 10-year-old boy who grew up in the U.S., goes to Crete to act as godfather to the child of a local party cadre and aspiring parliamentary deputy. He becomes a godfather for the first time to show everyone, above all his father, that he is a worthy son. His American appearance and shaky Greek, the local customs and the trials he undergoes to prove himself all make for a tragicomic scenes with a political dimension and existential angst. The film is a comedy in Greek (with English subtitles), much of it spoken slowly and with an American accent many beginning and intermediate learners of Greek will be able follow! It is perfect for an American audience. Screen writer, Nicholas Papandreou will introduce the film and answer questions after the film. He is the grandson and son of a former Prime Minister of Greece and the brother of the head of the opposition party, himself an economist who rejected a political career to become a fiction writer.