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13th Annual NYC Greek Film Festival Runs Thursday October 17th Through Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

By on October 8, 2019

Includes Over 40 Screenings of Leading Greek Created, Greek Tinged and Other Special Independent Films Worldwide Along – with Q&A Sessions from Writers, Producers, Directors and Stars Making Red Carpet Appearances!

Opening night kicks off Thursday, October 17th with the opening ceremony and the unveiling of the digital exhibition “The Legend of Alexander the Great as Ancient Greek and Byzantine Legacy” at FIAF Gallery, followed by the screening of the film “In This Land Nobody Knew How to Cry” and a reception at the Tinker Auditorium. The digital exhibition will run until Sunday, Oct. 20th.

This year, apart from the Greek features, documentaries and shorts, the festival launches a new section with international productions of Greek interest -meaning films with Greek elements no matter the country of their origin. Furthermore, a purely international section of short films from all over the world will be introduced, at the online edition of NYCGRFF only.” said NYC Greek Film Festival Executive Director Maria Tzompanaki.

The festival also has the honor of presenting, in collaboration with notable Greek archeologists and in world premiere, a digital exhibition of listings from the sublime history of the world’s greatest Greek of all times: Alexander the Great. An expo already sheltered at the Greek Institute of Venice. In the 14th century, Alexios Komninos, the emperor of Trabzon, commissions a manuscript with Alexander the Great’ s recounting of events for his private library. Compiled by the era’s most able copyists, the manuscript is also enriched with 250 miniatures narrating the entire life course of the magnificent warrior. The main goal of this unique initiative is to showcase the Macedonian ruler who spread the Greek spirit and the Greek culture throughout the then known world, to portray the man who was loved and honored like no other Greek. Within this context, an exhibition of Alexander the Great-themed engravings, carved by important artists from “XOTARIS” Gallery, will also take place.

NYC Greek Film Festival closes its 13th year on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Florence Gould Hall Theater with the closing ceremony followed by the concert “Greek Female New Yorkers Perform Songs from Greek Composers” presented by Maro Theodoraki. Reception to follow at Le Skyroom.

Some of the films of special note being shown throughout the fest include Still River, Pause, The Mountain Tears, Nia on Vacation, The Waiter, Marble Homeland, Clementine and A Tree Remembers.

The Waiter and Nia on Vacation are specifically targeted to younger audiences and students. Sports fans will most enjoy Akra and Crete Arising, religion-oriented people will like Filothei, the Jewish community will want to see Romaniotes and the aforementioned A Tree Remembers and history buffs will love The New Greek Americans. Exarcheia, The Campfire Project and We Are Not Together will appeal to an audience with a strong social conscience; and older viewers will relate to In this Land Nobody Learned to Cry, Epiphany, Still River and Pause.

Past attendees to the festival include actors/actresses/writers/directors such as George Kimoulis, a famous Greek personality in theater and cinema,  among others. This year there is a special tribute to Nickos Perakis, an internationally known Greek director, who will be in attendance. In addition, this year’s festival has also organized a special tribute to the female gender, and more precisely to the topics of Women’s Abuse in modern society.

Additionally, most of the NYC Greek Film Festival film lineup are accompanied by Q & Answer sessions with cast and celebrity guests. Learn more about festival activities at nycgreekfilmfestival.com

 

FULL SCHEDULE FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL NYC GREEK FILM FESTIVAL:

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 17

Florence Gould Hall Theater

5:00 PM ATTENDANCE

5:30 PM OPENING CEREMONY & OPENING OF THE DIGITAL EXHIBITION: THE LEGEND OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT AS ANCIENT GREEK AND BYZANTINE LEGACY at FIAF GALLERY (the exhibition runs till Sun, Oct. 20)

followed by the screening of the film: IN THIS LAND NOBODY KNEW HOW TO CRY (90’)

RECEPTION at the TINKER AUDITORIUM

FRIDAY, OCT. 18

Florence Gould Hall Theater

12:45 PM In this land nobody knew how to cry (90’) (R)

3:15 PM Marble Homeland (57’)

5:15 PM Akra (52’)

7:00 PM Still river (133’)

Tinker Auditorium

2:00 PM The Campfire Project (58’) (international Greek-related doc feat.)

4:15 PM Clementine (85’) (international Greek-related feature)

7:00 PM Loaf + camouflage (99’) (Tribute to Nikos Perakis’ comedies)

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Florence Gould Hall Theater

12:00 PM PRESENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION: ALEXANDER 8 ALEXANDER THE GREAT-THEMED ENGRAVINGS, CARVED BY “XOTARIS” ART GALLERY ARTISTS (the exhibition will run throughout the festival)

12:30 PM Philothei, the Athenian saint (58’)

2:15 PM Akra (52’) (R)

4:00 PM Still river (133’) (R)

7:15 PM Pause (96’)

Followed by Q&A with the director and discussion on women’s abuse

Tinker Auditorium

11:00 AM Promakhos (91’) (special screening)

1:30 PM Marble Homeland (57’) (R)

3:30 PM Short Films Α (159’)*

6:45 PM Short Films Β (161’)*

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

Florence Gould Hall Theater

10:30 AM Philothei, the Athenian saint (58’) (R)

12:30 PM A tree remembers (88’)

2:45 PM Romaniotes, The Greek Jews of Ioannina (67’)

5:00 PM Living dangerously (105’) (Tribute to Nikos Perakis’ comedies)

7:30 PM The mountain tears (111’)

Tinker Auditorium

12:45 PM Short Films Α (159’)* (R)

4:00 PM Short Films Β (161’)* (R)

7:15 PM Pause (96’) ®

 MONDAY, OCT. 21

Florence Gould Hall Theater

12:30 PM Exarheia, the chanting of birds (74’) (int. Greek-related doc feat.)

2:30 PM The mountain tears (111’) (R)

5:30 PM Crete arising (58’)

7:30 PM The waiter (104’)

Tinker Auditorium

2:00 PM A tree remembers (88’) (R)

5:00 PM Romaniotes, The Greek Jews of Ioannina (67’) (R)

7:00 PM Epiphany (85’) (int. Greek-related feature)

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 22

Florence Gould Hall Theater

1:00 PM We are not together (68’) (int. Greek-related doc feature)

3:00 PM The waiter (104’) (R)

5:30 PM Sirens in the Aegean (115’)(Tribute to Nikos Perakis’ comedies)

8:00 PM The new Greek Americans (70’) (int. Greek-related doc feature)

Tinker Auditorium

2:30 PM Crete arising (58’) (R)

4:30 PM International with Greek element shorts program (76’) **

Followed by the screening of the awarded international short film at the online festival

7:00 PM Nia on vacation (88’) (int. Greek-related feature)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23

Florence Gould Hall Theater

CLOSING CEREMONY

6:00 PM AWARDS PRESENTATION

followed by the concert GREEK FEMALE NEW YORKERS PERFORM SONGS FROM GREEK COMPOSERS presented by MARO THEODORAKI

RECEPTION at LE SKYROOM 

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