Ended on 10/17/2012


2012 - Greece, USA - Greek, English - 100 minutes

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The New York City Greek Film Festival is a not -for -profit endeavor organized by volunteers who are committed to establishing a presence for Greek cinema in the media capital of the world.

Despite the turmoil caused by their country’s financial difficulties, Greek filmmakers are experiencing a burst of creativity and are turning out films that entertain and many that probe and question their country’s predicament. Audiences at prestigious film festivals all over the world are taking notice, spurring the current interest in Greek cinema. The New York City Greek Film Festival offers New Yorkers the chance to experience what viewers world-wide are already discovering.

The Cinema Village is hosting the final three nights of the sixth annual New York City Greek Film Festival on Monday, October 15 through Wednesday October 17 with a series of programs designed especially for this legendary theater’s regular patrons.

This classic film from 1956 is generally acknowledged as one of the most important in the history of Greek cinema. Directed by Nikos Koundouros, the film has found new prominence ever since Jonathan Franzen used it as a metaphor in his novel Freedom.

9 p.m.: ALPS
ALPS is a company of four available for hire by the bereaved as stand-ins for the deceased. With this film, director Yorgos Lanthimops strengthens his reputation as a European auteur known for his disturbing depictions of hermetic human relationships. A.O. Scott says, “ALPS works by systematically unsettling our sense of what is normal and habitual in human interactions.”

On a cold and dreary army base, a lieutenant finds himself longing for the beautiful wife of his colonel. Determined to declare his love while dancing with her at the upcoming Christmas party, the love-struck lieutenant recruits a soldier to teach him how to tango. Based on a popular Greek novel, this film won three Hellenic Film Academy awards earlier this year.

9 p.m.: 100
Berkeley-trained director Gerasimos Rigas brings his camera into the police emergency call center in Athens in this fascinating documentary. The director will conduct a q&a following the screening.

The festival is proud to present the first Manhattan showing of this film directed by Richard Ledes, a Greek American, and starring Eliott Gould in a riveting performance. Focusing on the difficult time when grown children have to make important decisions for their parents, the film captures a family’s experience at a crucial yet uncomfortable moment .. Stephen Holden said, “This film gets almost everything right.” Director Ledes will conduct a q&a following the screening.

Four stories about pregnancies offer a harrowing perspective of the beginning of lives in a city on the brink of dystopia. Directed by up and coming Yorgos Gkikapeppas, this powerful film was named “Best Greek film” by international critics at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2011.
Kika Georgiou was named best actress by the Hellenic Film Academy earlier this year for her portrayal of a pregnant Iraqi woman.

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