Thirty-something Electra, an artist and activist, lives in a world that dispels her ideals and holds her back from realizing her aspirations. Her boyfriend is in jail for anarchist activities, and her parents don’t understand her.  Struggling to find a place for herself, she forges a friendship with a young boy who is in her charge and reaches out to various people she meets. With the economic crisis looming large, Electra searches to find new meaning and hope in life, without compromising her integrity.


Saturday, October 5, 3 pm   MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Friday, October 11,  7 pm    NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

 

   HELLO ANATOLIA: Dir. Chrysovalantis Stamelos

Lured by the stories about Smyrna and Asia Minor that he had heard as a child, young Greek American  Chrysovalantis Stamelos leaves his corporate job in the United States and moves to Turkey, homeland of his great-grand parents. Determined to reconnect with his roots in Anatolia, he explores neighborhoods, interviews Greeks living in Smyrna and Istanbul, and immerses himself in the art and culture he encounters.  Wonderfully picturesque and informative, this documentary is a record of self discovery as well as a heartfelt effort to build a bridge between two peoples.

This film is mostly in English.


Friday, October 4, 8 pm MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

(Free reception at 7 pm)

Tuesday, October 8, 7 pm  CINEMA VILLAGE

Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm  BOW TIE CINEMA, PT. WASHINGTON

Film Descriptions

All films are shown with English subtitles.   Substitution of any film may be made without notice.

A haunted young man, estranged from friends and family, lives on the brink of starvation in today’s Athens. When not  sharing his pet bird’s seeds, he pilfers food from an elderly neighbor and roams the streets foraging scraps of food from the garbage. Director Ektoras Lygizos sees his film “a kind of case study” of the current economic crisis.


Three Hellenic Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Actor (Yiannis Papadopoulos), Best First-Time Director.


Selected as the Greek entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration this year.

Adults only. Certain scenes may be offensive to some viewers.


Saturday, October 5,  8:30 pm    MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Friday, October 11, 9:15 pm   NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD (TO AGORI TROEI TO FAGITO TOY POULIOU) : Dir. Ektoras Lygizos

A.C.A.B.  ALL CATS ARE BRILLIANT (SYNHARITIRIA STOUS AISIODOXOUS) : Dir. Constantina Voulgari

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Rehearsals for a performance at the National School of Dance in Athens become a study in the  eloquence of the human body as  director Gerasimos Rigas focuses his camera on the fine details and small gestures of young dancers in training.

U.S. Premiere


Wednesday, October 9 , 7 pm  CINEMA VILLAGE                                                                 

Director Gerasimos Rigas is expected to attend.


JOY (HARA): Dir. Elias Giannakakis

Amalia Moutoussi was named Best Actress by the Hellenic Film Academy this year for her intriguing portrayal of Hara, a woman who kidnaps an infant from a clinic and proceeds to raise it as her own. When the baby’s life is threatened, she takes drastic action to save the baby’s life and is arrested as a result. Her subsequent trial proves to be a travesty of justice.


Tuesday, October 8, 9  pm  CINEMA VILLAGE

Sunday, October 13, 4:30 pm  NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

KISSES TO THE CHILDREN (FILIA EIS TA PAIDIA) : Dir. Vassilis Loules

Five Jews give eloquent accounts of how they were saved as children by fellow Greeks during the German occupation. Focusing primarily on the young and on how they contend with a reality they cannot possibly understand, this engrossing documentary shows the life-long effects of early traumas and offers psychological insights into the experience of survival. Poignant and enthralling,  this documentary  is a most impressive addition to the rich archive of Holocaust  films.


Sunday, October 6, 7 pm  MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Sunday, October 13, 7 pm  NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY (Benefits the

Jewish Museum in Athens)

Director Vassilis Loules is expected to attend October 6 showing.

NAKED HANDS (GYMNA HERIA): Dir. Giorgos Skevas                                                                        

With the country sinking into economic crisis and the city of Thessaloniki mired  in political corruption and dysfunction, successful wine producer Yiannis Boutaris decides to run for mayor. Provocative and unconventional, the politically progressive Boutaris  proves himself to be a determined candidate as he challenges the establishment, outraging the power elite as well as conservative voters.  Director Dimitris Athiridis creates an engaging documentary as he records Boutaris in private moments and on the campaign trail, right up to election day when he finds himself in a neck-to-neck race to City Hall.


Sunday, October 6, 2 pm  MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Sunday, October 13, 2 pm  NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

ONE STEP AHEAD (ENA VIMA BROSTA): Dir. Dimitirs Athiridis

Using stunning archival footage, Giorgos Skevas documents the career of the great Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos at the helm of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.  Adding insight into the maestro’s life and personality are excerpts from his letters to his long-term friend Kaiti Katsogianni, read by noted actor and stage director Lefteris Voyiatzis. The title refers to the fact that Mitropoulos conducted without a baton.

U.S. Premiere


Thursday, October  3,  7pm                                                                        

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK GRADUATE CENTER

Director Giorgos Skevas is expected to attend.

MARJORAM (MATZOURANA): Dir. Olga Malea

Anna is a precocious and talented 11-year old intent upon pleasing her  demanding mother. Soon after joining a cooking competition on television, the child begins to act strangely, puzzling her parents and causing concern for her own safety.

Noted director Olga Malea, who earned a PhD in psychology from Yale before becoming a filmmaker, creates a tense psychological drama that avoids easy solutions to the serious problems it examines.


Saturday, October 5, 6 pm  MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Saturday, October 12,  7 pm  NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm  BOW TIE CINEMA, PT. WASHINGTON

BLACK BOX: Dir. Gerasimos Rigas

WHAT IF (AN): Dir. Christopher Papakaliatis

Popular actor Christopher Papakaliatis has taken the precarious nature of life as his subject in his directorial debut and has made an immensely appealing romantic movie. His two parallel stories of a seemingly confirmed bachelor living in Athens show how life can be forever changed by a chance encounter or an action not taken, confirming how mysterious, dangerous yet enthralling life can be.

A major box office hit in Greece, WHAT IF is playing to cheering audiences all over the world.


Thursday, October 10,  7:30 pm  ZIEGFELD THEATER

Director/star Christopher Papakaliatis is expected to attend.

At a time when she faces a major change in her life,  Eleni, a successful London  cardiologist, decides to return to Greece and attempt to reconcile with her estranged father. When she and her young daughter arrive, they find that nothing is as they had expected. Uncovering long-hidden family secrets and confronting the realities  of her life, Eleni ultimately reaches a new level of self awareness  in this beautifully filmed and gripping story of repentance, acceptance and love.

U.S. Premiere


Sunday, October 6,  4:30 pm  MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Saturday, October 12, 9:15 pm NYIT AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY

Tuesday, October 15, 9 pm BOW TUE CINEMA, PT. WASHINGTON

THE TREE AND THE SWING (TO DENTRO KAI I KOUNIA): Dir. Maria Douza

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GREEK AMERICAN RADICALS: THE UNTOLD STORY (TAXISYNEIDISIA) : Dir. Kostas Vakkas

Screenplay: Kostis Karpozilos

True to its title, this documentary focuses on the relatively unknown history of Greek American radicalism, from the period of mass migration to the McCarthy years. A valuable document in the history of Greek Americans, this film captures the collective struggles and radical ideas of working people in an era of social upheaval, persecutions and disillusionments.


Wednesday, October 9, 9 pm   CINEMA VILLAGE

Screenwriter Kostis Karpozilos and Dan Georgakas of CINEASTE film quarterly are expected to attend.

PAPADOPOULOS & SONS : Dir. & Screenplay Marcus Markou

Following his ruin in the latest banking crisis, self-made millionaire Harry Papadopoulos reluctantly reunites with his estranged, free-wheeling brother to re-open the abandoned fish and chip shop they ran in their youth. As the shop returns to life, old memories are stirred, and Harry discovers that only when you lose everything can you be free to find it all.

This film is in English


PAPADOPOULOS AND SONS

Monday, October 7, 7 pm  CINEMA VILLAGE

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DOUBLE FEATURE - A program of two extraordinary “mid-length” films.

A BRIGHT SHINING SUN: Dir. Vassilis Loules


In this modern classic, director Vassilis Loules tells the story of Natasha, a Russian immigrant, seeking her place in the Greek sun.

MAGIC HOUR: Dir.& Screenplay: Kostas Kapakas

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The surprise hit of last year’s festival comes back to charm New York audiences once again.  Two hapless men—an unemployed cuckolded husband and  a failed filmmaker who moonlights as a hotel clerk and  part time undertaker—seek refuge from their troubles. Driving a seriously decrepit hearse, they embark on an odyssey into the beautiful Greek countryside and in the process expose considerable rot. No level of Greek society is spared from satirical scrutiny. From outrageously corrupt politicians to amoral citizens, no one is left unscathed in this quirky, funny but sobering road movie.


Wednesday, October 16, 9 pm   BOW TIE CINEMA, PT. WASHINGTON

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