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"Little England" at the National Gallery of Art

The film "Little England" by Pantelis Voulgaris will be screened, next Saturday, January 16, at the famous "National Gallery of Art", in Washington DC.

It is a production based on the homonymous book by Ioanna Karystiani, which gathered great reviews and was the Greek proposal for the Foreign Language Film category in the 87th Oscars ceremony awards.

"This is a very good film. It's a story in which many people are interested, because it shows Greece at a time that few knew besides Greeks. It opens a door for the Greeks of that time, particularly young Greeks: How were families then, not only on Andros, but also throughout Greece," said the production representative in the US, Gregory Sioris.

Produced in 2014, "Little England" deals with the special love story of a 20-year girl on Andros in the early 20th century. She falls in love with a young lieutenant, but her mother marries her for reasons of interest with a captain - shipowner. The situation becomes complicated when a little later the mother marries off the youngest daughter to the secret love of the 20-year, who has now become a captain.

"Here we are not just going after the Greeks of America or for a small portion, but we intend for everyone in North America to see it. Not only the Greeks or any other minority. The film can succeed. The issues it presents and shows. They are of interest for very many people."

The screening will take place at the East Building of the National Gallery, Saturday at 2:30 in the afternoon.

"It is very important that a Greek film will be projected at the National Gallery of Art. It will be seen by all America. Its value in all areas is multifaceted."


Although there are occasionally internationally recognized Greek films, modern Greek cinema has yet to show a production from Greece that has left a deep mark globally.

Commenting on whether the problem is communication or script, Mr. Sioris stressed that it is, primarily, a matter of budgets projection, which does not exist ... to an unlimited extent for Greek filmmakers and producers.

"I think we caught what the foreign public wants, but films require much advertising and promotion, which requires resources and economic opportunity that Greek directors do not have. If you increase budgets and can have campaigna similar to Hollywood, then these films will have great success in the world. Unfortunately, at this time the cinematic dynamic of Greece is small. But I think that through Little England and some other fims this dynamics will move ahead."