2017 Festival Films GFFestival
Directed by Stergios Paschos
94 min / New York Premiere
This world-wide festival favorite turns the romantic comedy genre upside down. A spurned lover lures his ex girlfriend to a plush villa he has been hired to care for and refuses to let her leave until she tells him why she doesn’t love him anymore. Haris Fragoulis gives a memorable comic performance as the obsessed lothario. (Adults only)
Acknowledged as the best European film to date on the subject of immigration, this bracing drama looks at the lives of three residents of an Athens neighborhood: a bar owner in love with an African singer; a Syrian refugee who turns to a human trafficker to get out of Greece; and a xenophobic nationalist determined to free his neighborhood of migrants. Yannis Stankoglou, Makis Papadimitriou, and Vassilis Kykalani star.
Directed by Christos Godas
2017 / 80 min / World Premiere
Christos Godas presents his debut film, a documentary on the Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Patmos, “the island of Revelations” in the Dodecanese.
A seasoned traveler, Godas experiences all the island has to offer, from the social scene at local haunts to the spirituality of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Holy Cave. But it is his visit to the monastery’s library and museum that opens a revelation on the very foundation of the modern world and its cracks..
Travel experts will join the post-screening discussion.
Directed by Takis Bardakos
50 min / World Premiere
While some close their borders, others open their hearts. Director Takis Bardakos presents an unflinching glimpse into the lives of refugees biding their time in Greece and visits the monastery of Megali Panagia in Halkidiki where a monk has made caring for the displaced his calling’s purpose.
DOGS OF DEMOCRACY
Directed by Mary Zournazi
58 min / New York Premiere
Life on the streets of the troubled city of Athens is the subject of this documentary which focuses on the city’s stray dogs and the people who care for them. Special tribute is paid to Loukaniko, the beloved stray whose faithful participation in protest demonstrations made him a symbol of resistance and hope. (This film is in English)
Directors Takis Bardakos and Mary Zournazi are expected to attend the October 1 screening.
Directed by Petros Charalambous
85 min / New York Premiere
In a seemingly idyllic Cypriot village, a young boy finds himself at the center of a murder investigation. What ensues will expose a dark family secret and change the youngster’s life forever. Young Konstantinos Farmakas turns in the kind of performance on which life-long careers are launched.
IN THE MOUNTAIN PASTURES: The Director’s Cut
ΣΤΑ ΟΡΕΙΝΑ ΒΟΣΚΟΤΟΠΙΑ
Directed by Vassilis Loules
55 min / World Premiere
Stunning cinematography captures the astonishing beauty of the pristine Greek mountains as nomadic shepherds talk with passion about their lives and their herds. Director Vassilis Loules, whose recent work has focused on the traditions and beauty of the Greek countryside, offers a view of a world virtually unknown to city dwellers.
On the same program:
Vassilis Loules workshop production
Inhabitants of the village of Monodendri, Ioannina, give their theories on what makes fireflies glitter. The discussion, rather surprisingly, borders on the existential!
FUNNY FAIRY TALES OF THE FOREST
2017 / 10 min / World Premiere
After the success of his story-telling documentary AND I ALSO PASSED BY THERE AND HAD PAPER SHOES TO WEAR, Director Vassilis Loules discovers stories he missed the first time around.
Director Vassilis Loules is expected to attend the screening.
Directed by Sotiris Tsafoulias
100 min / New York Premiere
In this smart whodunit, a relatively rare genre in Greek cinema, the police ask a dour professor of criminology to help them solve a baffling case involving a serial killer. The professor turns to the Pythagorean theorem to help him crack the case.
In 2005 Patriarch Irineos of Jerusalem was removed from his duties, accused of selling Church properties to extremist Jewish settlers in the Christian quarters of the old city. Maintaining his innocence, Irineos imprisoned himself in his chambers for the next eleven years, a cell phone and a small window overlooking the street his only connections to the outside world. . This riveting documentary revisits the case, involving both the inner sanctum of the Church and the Israeli Secret Service. (This film is in English)
Directed by Thodoris Atheridis
90 min / U.S. Premiere
Smaragda Karidi, Thodoris Atheridis and Makis Papadimitriou lead the ensemble cast of this sharply written comedy. Seven friends gathered for dinner decide to play a dangerous game. They place their phones on the table where everyone can hear the calls and read the messages. Friends have no secrets from one another, so what could go wrong?
Smaragda Karidi and Thodoris Atheridis are expected to attend the September 28 and October 1 screenings.
This little seen classic from 1962, was Jules Dassin’s follow up to NEVER ON SUNDAY. Loosely based on the writings of Euripides, the film presents its classical mythological tropes in a modern setting, a world of the super rich where an obsessed woman will face the tragic consequences of a doomed love affair with her stepson. Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, and Raf Vallone star. The music is by Mikis Theodorakis. (This film is in English)
Directed by George Kordellas
97 min / New York Premiere
The antique store find of a blood-stained wedding dress leads to the uncovering of a long-suppressed love story dating back to the burning of Smyrna. This touching drama is among the most-viewed Greek films of the year.
Director George Kordellas is expected to attend the October 1 screening.
Directed by Michael Irish
2015 / 71 min / Encore Presentation
Two young people struggling through their failing relationship suddenly realize that they are trapped.
Responding to audience demand, the NYCGFF presents this sensitive drama once more this year and again dedicates it to the memory of its riveting young star, Alexis Mouyiaris, who died suddenly as he was nearing completion of this, his first film.
SON OF SOFIA
Ο ΓΙΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΟΦΙΑΣ
TRIBECA FESTIVAL WINNER
Directed by Elina Psykou
A Russian boy comes to Athens to join his mother and her new elderly Greek husband. Faced with the necessity of reshaping his identity, the youngster escapes into fantasy as he grapples with the pressures of early puberty and adulthood. This rich, coming of age drama was named Best International Narrative Feature Film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. (This film is in Russian and Greek)