Streaming services like Netflix have transformed the way audiences access film and television, with a wide array of movies and TV shows available from home at the click of a remote.
This is no less true for the Greek film industry, with an increasing number of movies directed, produced, and starring Greeks now available on Netflix, the largest video streaming service in the world.
With its diverse collection, Netflix provides a platform to discover and enjoy a wide variety of Greek movies, from thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming comedies.
Behind the Haystacks (2022)
The story of Behind the Haystacks concerns a tragic incident on Greece’s northern border that befalls a local family of three, pushing them to face their own personal impasses while having to deeply consider the price for their actions.
The film’s director and writer is Asimina Proedrou and it stars Stathis Stamoulakatos, Eleni Ouzounidou, and Evgenia Lavda.
Army Baby (2022)
Army Baby is a heartwarming and comedic journey that explores the responsibilities of fatherhood amidst the backdrop of military service and cross-border adventures.
Yiannis, a carefree soldier stationed on the Greek Turkish border, discovers he is the father of an unaccompanied infant who arrives at his camp. As the soldiers keep the baby a secret from their superiors, unforeseen complications arise, leading to the baby crossing the border into Turkey. Yiannis embarks on a daring mission to retrieve his child, navigating cultural differences and facing unexpected challenges
The film is directed by George Kordellas and stars Ian Stratis, Maria Konstadaki, and Gerasimos Gennatas.
Broadway is the story of a group of four young street performers and pickpockets in modern Athens who unexpectedly discover refuge in the forgotten “Broadway Stoa,” an abandoned entertainment complex frozen in time. Within the walls of this mystical place, their makeshift family finds a sense of belonging and security. However, the delicate balance they’ve established is shattered when a former team member is released from prison, disrupting their harmonious existence.
The film’s writer and director is Christos Massalas. It stars Elsa Lekakou, Foivos Papadopoulos, and Stathis Apostolou.
Moon, 66 Questions (2021)
Artemis, after years of being away, returns to Athens upon learning of her father’s declining health. During her time back home, she uncovers a deeply hidden secret her father has kept. This revelation unlocks a newfound understanding of her father, allowing Artemis to connect with him in a way she had never been able to before.
The movie was written and directed by Jacqueline Lentzou. It stars Lazaros Georgakopoulos, Nikos Hanakoulas, and Kaiti Ibrohori.
All the Pretty Little Horses (2020)
Set against the backdrop of Greece’s government-debt crisis, All the Pretty Little Horses follows Aliki and Petros, a couple living an apparently idyllic life in a rural Greek home. However, beneath the surface, their relationship is strained, and their move from a luxurious house to a modest apartment reveals their loss of social standing.
As they pine for their previous lives, they find solace in a wealthy acquaintance’s vacant home, blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality.
Director Michalis Konstantatos explores themes of class disparity and self-image with a controlled and somber tone, revealing the characters’ complicity in their own downfall and the complexities of their desperation.
Apples is a 2020 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Christos Nikou in his directorial debut. The movie, written by Nikou and Stavros Raptis, features Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovasili, Anna Kalaitzidou, and Argiris Bakirtzis in starring roles.
With executive producer Cate Blanchett and her production company Dirty Films involved, the story unfolds during a global pandemic that triggers abrupt amnesia in people. Middle-aged Aris becomes part of a recovery program aimed at assisting unclaimed patients in constructing new identities. Apples takes viewers on a thought-provoking journey as Aris navigates his way through this uncertain world of memory loss and self-discovery.
Adults in the Room (2019)
The film is directed by Costa-Gavras and stars Christos Loulis, Ulrich Tukur, Christos Stergioglou, and Alexandros Bourdoumis.
Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk (2019)
Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk is a black comedy that revolves around Aris, a womanizer who discovers that he carries a sexually transmitted virus that is fatal only to women.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, he becomes the sole hope for finding a cure: identifying which of his ex-girlfriends was the carrier of the initial viral strain.
The film was directed by Giorgous Georgopoulos and stars Omiros Poulakis, Vangelis Mourikis, and Kora Karvouni.
The Waiter (2018)
“After discovering a dead body, a bashful waiter gets tangled up in a twisted love triangle and the mysterious disappearance of his neighbor,” reads Netflix’s synopsis of The Waiter.
The film was written and directed by Steve Krikris and stars Aris Servetalis, Giannis Stankoglou, and Alexandros Mavropoulos.
Pity is a compelling Greek drama film directed by Babis Makridis that delves into the depths of self-pity. Released in 2018, the film gained recognition as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the esteemed Sundance Film Festival
The movie was directed by Babis Makridis and stars Yannis Drakopoulos as the protagonist, Evi Saoulidou, Nota Tserniafski, and Makis Papadimitriou.
Suntan is a captivating Greek drama film directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, with a screenplay co-written by Papadimitropoulos and Syllas Tzoumerkas. Released in 2016, the film follows the story of a middle-aged general practitioner, portrayed by Makis Papadimitriou, who becomes infatuated with a young female patient.
Premiering at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on February 2, 2016, “Suntan” takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey as it explores themes of obsession and desire.