NYC Greek Film Festival Celebrates 10 years

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Marking a decade of exciting growth, the New York City Greek Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary from September 29 through to October 19 this year- with special events, a spectacular film line-up and special guest appearances.

In keeping with the celebration, opening night will feature the showing of MYTHOPATHY at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, underscoring the fact that along with rousing entertainment, Greek film is art.

Writer/director Tassos Boulmetis, famed for his classic POLITIKI KOUZINA (A TOUCH OF SPICE), will introduce the film. Co-stars Yiannis Niarros and Chara Mata Yiannatou, will also attend.

A tenth anniversary gala at the Russian Tea Room on October 1 will precede the showing of the Greek blockbuster WORLDS APART (ENAS ALLOS KOSMOS), from writer/director/actor Christopher Papakaliatis. This stunning romantic drama probes the human side of the Greek crisis and broke box-office records in Greece. Papakaliatis will be there to introduce the film at the Directors Guild of America Theatre. His co-star, Maria Kavogianni, will be with him.

“The festival’s selections reflect both the enormous growth in professionalism and originality in Greek films, as well as the current problems besetting Greece” said Jimmy Demetro, the Director of the Festival. Two important documentaries include ATHENS FROM BENEATH, focusing on the victims of the economic crisis; and 4.1 MILES FROM LAND, an unforgettable journey on a Coast Guard cutter as the crew struggles to save refugees from the waters around Lesvos.

In all, fifteen features and seven documentaries will be shown: the psychological drama, SILENT; the suspense thriller, BLIND SUN; a drama from Cyprus about a family struggling to make ends meet, FAMILY MEMBER; JOURNEY THROUGH SMYRNA, a documentary about the music of Asia Minor; and a moody story about middle-aged obsession and young beauty, SUNTAN.

Among the special events are 

Sep 29: Opening night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Screening of Notias, a film by Tassos Boulmetis, director of Politiki Kouzina.

Oct 1: VIP Reception at Russian Tea Room & Screening. A special fundraising reception, followed by a screening of Worlds Apart. Christoforos Papakaliatis will personally present his blockbuster film.

Oct 3: Meet the Directors at 3 West Club. Come meet several of the directors and actors from this year's film lineup. Complimentary coffee and Greek desserts will be served.

Film venues include the Chelsea Cinema, 260 W. 23rd St; The Directors Guild Theater, 110 West 57th St; NYIT Auditorium, 1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62ndStreets; Museum of the Moving Image. 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria; and Bow Tie Manhasset Cinema, 430 Plandome Rd, Manhasset.

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The New York City Greek Film Festival is a presentation of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce in association with the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation. It is made possible by a generous grant from the Onassis Foundation (USA).


GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.