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Second Annual Greek Film Festival USA 

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Program of seven Greek-produced features, sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sciences and the Greek Film Center. All films will be screened at the Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, April 24 through April 30. Tickets are $5, or $30 for all seven; for more information, call 777-8898.

MANIA An updating of Euripides' Bacchae, with a modem career woman experiencing a Dionysian revelation while strolling through an Athens park; George Panoussopoulos directed. (PG) (Friday, April 24, 3:20, 5:00, 6:40, 8:20, and 10:00)

THE STONE YEARS A pair of young lovers in rural Greece are separated when politics intrudes; they finally reunite 20 years later after the dictatorship has fallen. Pantellis Voulgaris (The Engagement of Anna) directed. (PG) (Saturday, April 25, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00)

NEVER ON SUNDAY Jules Dassin's loving tribute to the boundless, suffocating life force of his wife, Melina Mercouri. Dassin himself plays the mousy American intellectual who tries to stuff some cultchuh down Mercouri's happy Greek hooker; when he gets to be a bore, she cries, "Let's go to the beach!," thus demonstrating the superiority of the emotive life over the intellectual--a message that art-house audiences never tire of hearing. With Georges Foundas and Titos Vandis (1960). (DK) (Sunday, April 26, 2:30, 4:20, 6:10, 8:00, and 9:50)

VARIETES Film director at the end of his Felliniesque tether finds it hard to separate life from art. Another bout of self-reflexive mirror staring apparently, though director Nikos Panayotopoulos has been touted as one of the quirkier talents of contemporary Greek cinema. (PG) (Monday, April 27, 4:20, 6:10, 8:00, and 9:50)

SWEET BUNCH Group of Athenian youths live out fantasies of rebellion and criminal anarchy, and come to an inevitable bad end; Nikos Nikolaidis directed (1983). (PG) (Tuesday, April 28, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00)

IPHIGENIA Michael Cacoyannis's 1977 film completed his trilogy of the Trojan War tragedies of Euripides with what is technically the first installment: Agamemnon (Costa Kazakos) sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia (Tatiana Papamoskou) to the gods, provoking the terrible wrath of his wife, Clytemnestra (Irene Papas), and the eventual fall of the House of Atreus. (DK) (Wednesday, April 29, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00)

ROSA BONAPARTE Madame Hortense, the legendary prostitute of Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek, imagined in earlier days as an eager working lady catering to the needs of amorous military officers during the Cretan invasion of 1897. With Marina Vlady; Nikos Koundouros (Young Aphrodites) directed. (PG) (Thursday, April 30, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00)

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