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Best of Current Greek Cinema to Be Screened in Atlanta

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English subtitles are included for all five of the films being shown over the course of the weekend. Credit: Facebook/Atlanta Greek Film Expo

Atlanta cinema lovers, and anyone with an interest in contemporary Greek cinema, will have the opportunity to enjoy five cinematic gems representing the best new feature films from Greece and Cyprus at the eighth annual Atlanta Greek Film Expo.

This year’s event is being held October 20 – 22, 2023 at the iconic Tara Theatre, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.

“The Greek industry has shown its resilience, weathering the storm of the 2008 global economic crisis as well as the mid-2010s financial meltdown that nearly pushed it from the Eurozone,” said Maria Mandekos Sharp, President of Lykion ton Ellinidon, the nonprofit Hellenic cultural organization organizing the film festival.

“Cameras continued to roll throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and however challenging, the present landscape amid runaway inflation across Europe, Greek filmmakers can justifiably feel their best days are ahead,” she added.

Lykion ton Ellinidon Atlanta, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving Hellenic culture. It strives to share Greek culture with the greater Atlanta community.

“We began bringing Greek film to Atlanta in 2008, which has now grown into our 8th annual Greek Film Expo. We have teamed with the Greek and Cypriot consulates in Atlanta and with the Center for Hellenic Studies at Georgia State University,” Sharp said.

“We are grateful for their strong support over the years. This year, we have the distinct honor to be under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

Best of Greek cinema in Atlanta – Five movies

English subtitles are included for all five of the films being shown over the course of the weekend.

Dodo: In Panos H. Koutras’ quirky film, a long-extinct bird surprisingly disrupts a family’s wedding plans. Brimming with secrets and deep human reflections, this entertaining movie has become a favorite at film festivals all over the world.

Maria by Callas: This documentary is a must-watch for true art enthusiasts, with captivating rare footage that unveils the enigma of the opera legend. Experience her riveting performances and interviews, revealing the iconic allure, artistry, determination, and heart of a woman who transcended her time.

Dignity: A masterful exploration of personal worth, Dimitris Katsimiris’ film tugs at the heartstrings by unraveling the complexities of familial ties and showcasing the strength of the human spirit amidst societal constraints.

Patchwork: Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cyprus, “Patchwork” is a mesmerizing mosaic of life and love. Directed by the brilliant Petros Charalambous, this tale delves deep into societal taboos and a mother’s internal struggles. Angeliki Papoulia shines, capturing the essence of a complex character seeking acceptance and love. The result is a visual and emotional masterpiece.

Black Stone: In a cinematic delight that humorously explores Greek identity and societal nuances, director Spiros Jacovides deftly blends absurdist comedy with moments of genuine pathos. Eleni Kokkidou’s stellar performance anchors the narrative, delivering laughs and heart in equal measure. It is an unforgettable journey of discovery and acceptance.

Purchase tickets in advance online at A VIP package includes all five films plus a closing reception for $95. Several discounted packages are available. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with valid ID. For more information visit Atlanta Film.

Expo Schedule

Oct 20th – Dodo – 7:00 p.m.

Oct 21st – Maria by Callas – 4:00 p.m.

Oct 21st – Dignity – 7:00 p.m.

Oct 22nd – Patchwork – 2:00 p.m.

Oct 22nd – Black Stone – 5:00 p.m.

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