The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) has announced the lineup for its annual New York Greek Film Expo, a Greek film festival for all New Yorkers not to be missed.
The festival is set to be held between September 29th to October 9th and will be held at four theaters across the New York metro area.
HFS will present fifteen screenings of twelve films, including two documentaries and four films directed by women. Films that are in Greek have English subtitles.
Screenings will be held at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan; the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Astoria; the Alpine Cinemas in Brooklyn; and the Pelham Picture House in Westchester.
In a statement, Jimmy DeMetro, President of HFS, said: “This marks the most films in the greatest number of theaters in HFS history. We are very excited about the diverse offerings we’re presenting, from powerful dramas to inspiring documentaries and even a classic from the golden age of Greek comedy. Romance, greed, passion, revenge, teenage angst—we’ve got it all.”
Andreas Kostantinou, one of Greece’s biggest film stars, is the honorary host of this year’s Expo and is expected to attend several of the Manhattan screenings.
New York Greek Film Expo ’22 is made possible with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Additional funding is provided by the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the New York City Council, and the Queens Borough President.
For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497.
The Hellenic Film Society USA
The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization rooted in the belief that Greek cinema should be part of the American cultural landscape. Based in Astoria, New York the organization promotes feature films, documentaries, and film shorts by Greek filmmakers and those of Greek descent, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus.
Film line-up for the festival
Below is the 2022 feature film lineup followed by the schedule.
Trailers for all films can be seen on the HFS YouTube channel: Hellenic Film Society USA.
18, directed by Vasilis Douvlis
Set in a working-class neighborhood of Athens, this powerful coming-of-age drama follows a group of eighteen-year-olds who target anyone who is different amid the pressures of the economic crisis, the resurgence of fascism, and COVID-19. It has been nominated for two Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Director. New York premiere.
Saturday, 10/2, 7 pm at Village East Cinema
ARMY BABY, directed by George Kordellas
An infant is left at the front gate of the army camp where his father is serving. The soldiers welcome the disruption in their daily routines, but things get complicated when the baby lands across the Turkish border in a hammam bath. This comedy is having its world premiere in this year’s New York Greek Film Expo.
Opening Night: Thursday, 9/29, 7 pm at Village East Cinema
Dog, directed by Yianna Americanou
All his life, a young man has romanticized his imprisoned father only to learn of his true nature when he is released from prison after ten years. This award-winning film stars Andreas Konstantinou. It is a New York premiere and is co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).
Friday, 9/30, 7 pm at Village East Cinema
THE FORTUNE TELLER, directed by Alekos Sakellarios
A laundress poses as a fortune teller to bamboozle her clients for the benefit of a cash-strapped cohort. Considered one of the greatest Greek comedy classics, the film, originally released in 1956, will be shown in a newly digitized print.
Sunday, 10/2, 1:30 pm, Village East Cinema | Sunday, 10/9, 4pm at Museum of the Moving Image
KING OTTO, directed by Christopher André Marks
This inspiring documentary dramatically recounts one of the biggest upsets in sports history when the Greek National Soccer team won the 2004 Euro Cup, coached by the legendary German coach, ‘King’ Otto Rehhagel.
Wednesday, 10/5, 7:30pm at Pelham Picture House
THELIFEBELT, directed by Yiannis Panayiotarakos
When an Athenian shop owner falls on hard times, he blames it on street vendors and refugees. But when a homeless man throws him a “lifebelt,” he rediscovers his values and realizes that it is a refugee who contributes to his salvation. US Premiere.
Saturay, 10/8, 4 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image
MAGNETICFIELDS, directed by Yorgos Gousis
This love story centers on the magnetic attraction between two strangers who meet by chance on the island of Kefalonia. Winner of five 2022 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best First-Time Director, and Best Actress. NewYork premiere.
Sunday, 10/2, 4 pm at Village East Cinema | Friday, 10/7, 7 pm at Museum of the Moving Image
MY NAME ISEFTYHIA, directed by Angelos Frantzis
This moving biographical drama tells the story of the indomitable Eftyhia Papagiannopoulou, who escaped the burning of Smyrna to become a seminal figure in Greek popular music, the beloved lyricist of Greece. The film’s mesmerizing soundtrack helped make the film one of the biggest box office hits in Greek film history. It is a winner of eight 2020 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Film.
Sunday, 10/9, 4 pm at Alpine Cinemas
MY PEOPLE, directed by Anna Rezan
In this moving documentary, “a hymn to love, dignity and courage,” a young woman on a quest to learn about her Greek Jewish family history discovers the bravery of the Greek resistance fighters during the Holocaust and the role of the Greek Orthodox Church during the Axis occupation of Greece and the persecution of Jews. It is co-produced by Academy Award winners Mitchell Blockand Kim Magnusson. New York premiere.
Sunday, 10/2, 6:30 pm at Village East Cinema
PACK OFSHEEP, directed by Dimitris Kanellopoulos
Businessmen in a remote Greek town join forces to strike a deal with the local loan shark who has lent them money. It is a winner of the Hellenic Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Aris Servetalis) and received nine nominations including Best Film. New York premiere.
Saturday, 10/1, 9:30 pm at Village East Cinema | Saturday, 10/8, 6:30 pm at Museum of the Moving Image
PATCHWORK, directed by Petros Charalambous
This provocative drama explores the sources of female contentment and fulfillment ,as a young mother is haunted by her ambiguous feelings about motherhood. New York premiere. It is co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television(NYWIFT).
Friday, 9/30, 9:30 pm at Village East Cinema
TAILOR, directed by Sonia Liza Kenterman
Changing trends in men’s fashion bring hard times to a master tailor. When the bank threatens to repossess his shop, he hits the road with a tailor shop on wheels. Determined to survive, he manages to reinvent himself while bringing style to the brides of Athens. It is a winner of two Hellenic Film Academy Awards and three Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards.
Thursday, 10/6, 7:30 pm at Pelham Picture House
Schedule for film screenings:
VILLAGE EAST CINEMA, Second Ave. and 13th St.
Opening Night: Thursday, September 29th
7 pm ARMY BABY
Friday, September 30th
7 pm .dog
9:30 pm PATCHWORK
Saturday, October 1st
7 pm 18
9:30 pm PACK OF SHEEP
Sunday, October 2nd
1:30 pm THEFORTUNE TELLER
4 pm MAGNETIC FIELDS
6:30 pm MY PEOPLE
PELHAM PICTURE HOUSE, 75 Wolfs Lane, Pelham
Wednesday, October 5th, 7:30 pm KING OTTO
Thursday, Oct 6th, 7:30 pm TAILOR
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE, 35 Ave. at 37th St
Friday, October 7th
7 pm MAGNETIC FIELDS
Saturday, October 8th
4 pm THELIFEBELT
6:30 pm PACK OF SHEEP
Sunday, October 9th
4 pm THEFORTUNE TELLER
ALPINE CINEMAS 6817 Fifth Ave, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 9th 4 pm MY NAME IS EFTYHIA