NYIT Auditorium on Broadway 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)
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.
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 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.
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)