Little England

by Pantelis Voulgaris

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Synopsis

Ioanna Karystiani’s award-winning novel is brought to vivid life in this enthralling drama of passion, family, and loss. Set on the island of Andros in the 1930s and 40s, it is the story of two sisters who spend their lives in love with the same man. Impeccably acted and filmed in the actual homes of the island’s shipping families, the film pays tribute to the incredibly strong women who sustained their families while their husbands went off to sea. The film won six 2014 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

STRATOS

by Yannis Economides

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Synopsis

A hired killer seeks redemption in a desolate world that has lost its values. Vangelis Mourikis was named Best Actor of the year by the Hellenic Film Academy for his performance in this stylish film noir.

AT HOME

by Athanasios Karanikolas

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Synopsis

A devoted housekeeper who sees herself as a member of the family she has served for many years is forced to acknowledge her true status within the family. Maria Kallimani was named Best Actress of the year by the Hellenic Film Academy for her performance in this stunning social drama.

LOVESTRUCK

by Thodoris Atheridis

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Synopsis

Two days before his wedding, a firefighter must contend with the ghost of a former girlfriend who is determined to stop the marriage from taking place. This bittersweet romantic comedy won the OTE TV Audience Award for Best Picture this year.

FOREVER

by Margarita Manda

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Synopsis

Using stunning cinematography and minimal dialogue, this heartfelt romantic drama tells the story of two lonely people trying to forge a relationship.

A FAMILY AFFAIR

by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou

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Synopsis

Three generations of the famed Xylouris family travel the world, upholding their sacred bond to the musical tradition of Crete. Winner Best Documentary, Hellenic Film Academy 2015.

BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

by Stavroula Toska

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Synopsis

Women tell their stories about being imprisoned in a concentration camp on the island of Trikeri during the Greek Civil War.

RIVERBANKS

by Panos Karkanevatos

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Synopsis

A mysterious sapper working on defusing land mines along the Evros River confronts the harsh realities of human trafficking.

AND I ALSO PASSED BY THERE AND HAD PAPER SHOES TO WEAR

by Vasilis Loules

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Synopsis

The centuries-old oral tradition of storytelling comes vibrantly to life as residents of rural Greece face the camera and tell fairy tales and stories of universal and timeless appeal.

WEDNESDAY 04:45

by Alexis Alexiou

More info 2015 Selection
Synopsis

When a shady gangster abruptly calls in his debts, a jazz club owner has 32 hours to raise the cash and save everything he has worked to achieve over the years.Partly a parable on the perils of accumulated debt, this multi-layered gangster drama was selected to compete in the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Onassis Foundation USA is the principal benefactor of the The New York City Greek Film Festival.

The NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
in association with
The NEW YORK CITY GREEK FILM FESTIVAL

ATHENS TODAY: NEW GREEK CINEMA

A series of six films from Greece, screened weekends
January 9 – February 28, 2016
EAST BUILDING AUDITORIUM, 6th STREET and CONSTITUTION AVENUE NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Free admission

A Family Affair

January 9 at 3:30
East Building Auditorium

The Xylouris Ensemble, a multigenerational family of musicians rooted in folkloric Cretan music, traces their lineage to the mountain village of Anogeia. A Family Affair not only follows their performances and trials during wearisome tours, it captures the passing of tradition from father to son to grandchildren in this family that now lives mainly in Australia. “We don’t carry this tradition as a family weight,” explains George Xylouris. “It’s part of our lives, of who we are. We need this tradition to live, like we need oxygen.” (Angeliki Aristomenopoulou, 2015, DCP, subtitles, 88 minutes)

Little England

January 16 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Women on the lush Cycladic island of Andros in the 1930s await the homecoming of their seafaring husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. Within this provincial society, a richly structured melodrama emerges around two sisters’ relationships with the same man. Inspired by a popular novel by Ioanna Karystiani (who also wrote the script), Little England is visually lavish — a fresco of raging sea and rustic landscape, recalling an earlier era of narrative filmmaking. Since the 1960s, director Pantelis Voulgaris has been a leading figure in sparking the recent wave of newly energized filmmaking. (Pantelis Voulgaris, 2013, DCP, subtitles, 132 minutes)

Chevalier

January 24 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Six men on a yacht in the Aegean begin trading anecdotes that sound suspiciously like fish stories. They agree to play a game: while on the boat they will engage in a manhood-measuring contest for the duration of the trip, judging each man in a variety of categories. At the end, the best man will collect a victory ring — the chevalier. This latest allegorical feature from Athina Rachel Tsangari delves into a shadowy male world of rivalry and aggression. “A committedly deadpan comedy of manners, morals, and men behaving weirdly boasts a contained conceit seemingly ripe for unfettered absurdism” — Guy Lodge. (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2015, DCP, subtitles, 99 minutes)

Xenia

February 7 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Two brothers meet in Athens for a road trip to Thessaloniki, where they hope to track down their estranged biological father — a Greek who never married their now-deceased Albanian mother. Greece’s entry in the 2014 Oscar competition and Un Certain Regardcompetitor at Festival de Cannes, Xenia mixes madcap humor with compassion and poignancy to present “a sweeping yet precise examination of a country that, like its two young heroes, is in the thick of a difficult transition” — Dimitri Eipides. The word xeniareferences a Greek tradition of hospitality toward strangers, “an appropriate title for a film that gladly accommodates all manner of curiosities, from giant talking rabbits to chest-rug dream sequences to a cameo from venerable Italian pop diva Patty Pravo” — Guy Lodge. (Panos H. Koutras, 2014, DCP, subtitles, 134 minutes)

Forever

February 14 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Costas, a driver on the Athens rapid transit green line (ISAP), finds himself enamored of Anna, a passenger he notices daily taking his train from Athens to Piraeus. Too wary to reach out, Costas remains content to quietly watch as Anna makes the daily trek to her job as a ticket seller. An unforeseen event finally offers Costas his golden opportunity.Forever’s poetic mood, monochromatic palette, and stylized mise-en-scène establish a sense of place without dialogue. Alluding to the beauty of silent film and one of early cinema’s key motifs — trains — director Manda describes Forever as “an homage to every filmmaker I consider a teacher, from Dreyer and Bresson to Antonioni and Angelopoulos.” (Margarita Manda, 2014, DCP, subtitles, 82 minutes)

Silent

February 28 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Yorgos Gkikapeppas in person

A young opera singer named Dido (Kika Georgiou) is suddenly struck by a mysterious debility that blocks her brain’s circuitry controlling her voice. Forced to return to Greece after living abroad, Dido is convinced her career has ended. She detaches herself from her family and attempts to regain stability, but ultimately finds herself retreating into a darker past as familiar ties break down. “The truth of the matter is that our era ‘speaks’ more than any other. . . . What eventually is said and how liberating that might be is, in fact, the question Silent aims to answer” — YG. (Yorgos Gkikapeppas, 2015, DCP, subtitles, 92 minutes).

Silent was awarded the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI) at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (International Competition) 2015.

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