The New York Greek Film Expo is about to begin
The Hellenic Film Society USA is launching the New York Greek Film Expo 2021 this weekend. The organization announced its full lineup of feature films and short films on Thursday ahead of the festival’s opening night on Friday. The festival runs from October 1 to 10.
Screenings will take place at the Directors Guild Theater in Manhattan and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Astoria is perhaps the city’s largest enclave for Greeks and Greeks Americans, and the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the most respected and prestigious filming locations in the five boroughs.
Moviegoers must be vaccinated to be able to attend screenings at either site. Both sites will also follow New York City security protocols, which means masks can likely be required indoors as well.
The festival will feature new works as well as award-winning pieces, and is the Expo’s first return to theaters since the pandemic.
Here is a list of the festival’s feature film lineup as well as screening locations and dates, with descriptions courtesy of the Hellenic Film Society:
New York Greek Film Expo 2021 Feature Film Program
THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Mariano Pensotti. American premiere
Friday October 1 at 9:20 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
This surprisingly original film follows the stories of 11 spectators attending a play in Athens. Their personal stories reveal the transformative power of theater. Adult audience only.
DIGGER, written and directed by Georgis Grigorakis. Movie premiere in New York
Sunday October 3, 6:45 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
A lone farmer battles a giant mining company that digs into the forest and threatens his property. But the greatest threat comes from the unexpected arrival of her estranged son, who appears to be claiming the family land. Winner of ten 2021 Hellenic Film Academy awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor.
GREENSEA, directed by Angeliki Antoniou
Saturday October 2, 7:00 p.m. – DirectorsGuildTheater
Friday October 8, 7:00 p.m. – Museum of the Moving Image
Anna lost her memory but did not forget how to cook. She gets a job in a working-class seaside tavern, where, amid the aromas of old beloved recipes, she struggles to rediscover herself. This film, directed, written and starring women, is co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).
IN THE STRANGE PURSUIT OF LAURA DURAND, written and directed by Dimitris Bavellas
Sunday October 3, 1:30 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
Ranging from wacky to poignant, this comedic road movie mixes various cinematic genres and a 1980s indie rock soundtrack as it tells the story of two dilapidated musicians who set out to find a pornstar from their youth who mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Winner of seven film festival awards.
THE MAN WITH ANSWERS, written and directed by Stelios Kammitsis
Saturday October 2, 9:20 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
After the death of his grandmother, a former Olympic champion in tense diving travels to Germany to visit his estranged mother. En route, he meets a free-spirited German tourist. Mismatched men take the road where they develop a surprising relationship on the path of self-discovery and reconciliation. Adult audience only.
MY NAME IS EFTYHIA, directed by Angelos Frantzis
Sunday October 3, 4:00 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
Saturday 9 October 7:00 p.m. – Museum of the moving image
This biographical drama tells the story of the indomitable Eftyhia Papagiannopoulou, who escaped the fire of Smyrna and traveled to Athens where she became the beloved parolie of Greece. Winner of eight Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
SENIOR CITIZEN, directed by Marinos Kartikkis
Saturday, October 2, 5:00 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
Sunday October 10, 4:00 p.m. – Museum of the Moving Image
A lonely old man spends his nights in the outpatient department of a local hospital. Every morning he comes home with his cat and his memories. One night, he is discovered by a nurse, who tries to find out more about him and little by little, a relationship of trust begins to build between the two. Winner of 10 film festival awards.
TAILOR, directed by Sonia Liza Kenterman
Friday October 1 7:00 p.m. – Directors Guild Theater
Saturday October 9 4:00 p.m. – Museum of the moving image
Changing trends in menswear bring hard times for a master tailor. When the bank threatens to take back possession of 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. Winner of two Hellenic Film Academy Awards and three Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards.