The Greek Film Center (EKK) hosted Bill Murray and his partners yesterday at the Greek Pavilion of the Cannes Festival prior to the premier of his latest movie ′′New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization", last night as part of the festival programme.
An American comedian and actor best known for his popular 'Saturday Night Live' characters and movie classics such as 'Meatballs,' 'Caddyshack' and 'Ghostbusters', Bill Murray is a comedy icon and in 2003 was nominated for an Oscar for his seriocomic role in 'Lost in Translation.'
Murray met with international press representatives at the Greek Pavilion to talk to them about "New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization",which is the filmed concert-performance at Herodion in June 2018.
The famous actor expressed his love for Greece warmly referring to his experience living in Athens.
During this visit to the Greek Booth Murray was also informed by Hellas Film about Greek cinema and about the strategic objective of the EKK to strengthen Greece's position on the world film map.
Directed by Andrew Muscato, New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization explores an evening of poetry and music with Murray and world-renowned cellist Jan Vogler in Greece, joined by Mira Wang on violin and Vanessa Perez on piano.
The film was culled during Murray and renowned cellist Jan Vogler’s final New Worlds European tour performance at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece during their 2018 New Worlds tour.
New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization is co-produced by Amanda Livanou's Greek company Neda Film, and its promotion is supported by the Hellas Film Directorate of EKK.
The official Cannes description reads, “The international quartet enchants the Athenian audience from the 2,000 year-old stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with musical reflections on love, hope and heartbreak.
"Spanning from Bach to Van Morrison, Whitman to West Side Story, the wildly entertaining, humorous and deeply touching program is infused with the one-of-a-kind charm of Bill Murray.”
Watch the trailer here:
It was pleasant news all round for Greek cinema and its creators overall coming from Cannes this year's Festival as all three Greek participants received awards.
Specifically, at the Critics' Week awards, the short film "Brutalia, Working Days" by Manolis Mavris won the Canal + award, while the feature film "Feathers" by Egyptian film-maker Omar El Zohairy, co-produced by Greek company Heretic, won the Nespresso Grand Prize .
In addition, Evi Kalogiropoulou's feature film "Cora", which was presented at the L 'Atelier of the Festival Cinefondation, won the Prix ArteKino YouTube - the only prize awarded to L' Atelier and accompanied by the amount of 10.000 euros.
"Cora", which was recently included in a financing program of the Hellenic Cinema Center, is produced by Amanda Livanou of Neda Film.