By GERRY BARKER
The inaugural Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival, presented by MorseLife, kicked off in grand style Thursday night at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion. On hand to welcome moviegoers were Ephraim, Festival Director Ellen Wedner and the director of the opening night film, "Two Tickets to Greece," Marc Fitoussi.
Now through Feb. 16, the festival will feature 37 films from 20 countries, screened at various cinema locations throughout the area, including CMX at the Gardens, CMX Wellington, Movies of Lake Worth, Paragon at Delray Marketplace and the Regal Royal Palm Beach. You can get more information about tickets and times HERE.
As part of the screening, opening night guests sipped cocktails and were given specially-prepared snack boxes, filled with Greek food, apropos for the movie we were about to see, which Fitoussi said was the first time shown outside France.
"Two Tickets to Greece" (also titled "Les Cyclades" -- the Greek islands that are holiday destinations) is a funny, engaging and sometimes bittersweet look at friendship and life. Even with subtitles, there are laugh-out-loud moments as stars Laure Calamy and Olivia Côte rediscover their best friend relationship from school on a vacation to Greece. The film also stars the incomparable Kristin Scott Thomas, who steps in when their best laid plans go awry.
The festival's slogan is "Experience the Magic of Cinema." Judging by the opening night movie, the magic has started.
Yes, I know it's spelled like "Jerry." No, I don't know why it's pronounced "Gary."