Greeks Score High at the NYC International Film Festival

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“Slave”, a movie by acclaimed Cypriot director Jorgo Papavassiliou, won the first prize at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) this past August. The festival’s founders, Roberto Rizzo and Caroline Johnson, were proud to showcase and premier films from 27 countries at its 3rd annual event.

The world premiere of “Slave,” a psychological thriller, was screened at the Tribeca Theater. It tells a very inspiring, emotional and tough story about a clever policeman who investigates the death of an abusive businessman who has recently divorced his wife and taken custody of their only child, by revealing her hidden past.

“The team is especially thrilled to have high production value films submitted from Greek and Cypriot directors this year. We are confident that they will have a successful run and sold to distributors worldwide”, said Roberto Rizzo.

Another Greek film which was showcased was “Jerks” (ΚΩΛΟΠΑΙΔΑ), directed by Stelios Kammitis. “Jerks” tells the story about three friends, Phevos, Andreas and Savvas, who stay up all night walking around the streets of Exarchia, a central Athens district, for what is their last night before they leave Athens for good and move to Berlin, just as they had agreed one year ago. During the night walk, however, hidden aspects of their personalities are gradually revealed and they will face the most violent manifestation of power which will change their plans forever. Caroline Johnson stated that “the film will have a great audience reception for all those who dream of foreign lands only to realize the unpredictability of life.”

Other short films submitted this year which equally drew the attention of a worldwide audience, included Eugene Ioannou’s film “Off Season” and Mihalis Monemvasiotis’ movie “Every night I am falling out of nowhere”.


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