Bow Tie Manhasset Cinema GFFestival
Directed by Yannis Sakaridis
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 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.
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.
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.
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.