Five films will have their first United States screenings at the seventh annual New York City Greek Film Festival, October 3-16. The feature films are: JOY (Hara), MARJORAM (Matzourana), and THE TREE AND THE SWING (To Dendro Kai I Kounia). The documentaries are: BLACK BOX and NAKED HANDS (Gymna Heria).
JOY, directed by Elias Giannakakis, is the story of a woman who kidnaps an infant from a clinic and proceeds to raise him, having intuitively and subconsciously decided that the baby is her own. Her maternal instinct is tested when his life is threatened, and she acts to save him, precipitating her arrest and subsequent trial. Noted actress Amalia Moutoussi was named Best Actress this year by the Hellenic Film Academy for her portrayal of the woman.
Director Olga Malea's new film, MARJORAM, represents a departure from the lighter fare that has become her staple. Having earned a PhD in Psychology from Yale before becoming a director, Malea shows how comfortable she is with the psychological thriller genre. Her film is a a case study of a precocious young girl who, anxious to please her demanding mother, joins a cooking competition on television. When she starts to act strangely, a child psychologist on the set notices and begins the process of discovering what is behind the change in behavior.
THE TREE AND THE SWING comes to New York directly following its sold-out showings at the Montreal International Film Festival. It will open its commercial run in Greece in late Fall. Directed by Maria Douza, this handsomely photographed family drama is the story of a prominent London doctor who decides to return to Greece and attempt a reconciliation with her estranged father. Long-hidden family secrets are revealed, helping the daughter understand the effects of political history on the people who live it.
Documentary filmmaker Gerasimos Rigas makes his third appearance at the New York City Greek Film Festival withBLACK BOX, which studies young dancers rehearsing for a performance at the National School of Dance in Athens. Rigas captures the fine details, the small gestures of these young people, vividly showing the grace and eloquence of the human form.
NAKED HANDS, directed by Giorgis Skevas, focuses on the American career of conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, at the helm of the Minneapolis Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Rare insights into the artistry and personality of the great maestro are revealed through riveting archival footage and readings by actor Lefteris Voyiatzis from Mitropoulos's correspondence. The title refers to the fact that Mitropoulos conducted his orchestras without a baton.
Fri-Sun Oct 4,5,6- at the Museum of the Moving Image, 35 Avenue at 37 Street, in Astoria
Mon – Wed. Oct. 7, 8, 9 – Cinema Village, 22 East 12 Street, NYC
Fri – Sun Oct 11, 12, 13 – Auditorium on Broadway, Broadway and 62 St., NYC
Tue –Wed, Oct 15 and 16 – Bow Tie Cinema in Port Washington, LI
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Thursday, Oct 10, 7:30 pm, at the world famous
ZIEGFELD Theater, 141 West 54 St., NYC
Tickets are $10 or $15 – affordable for all
For complete information and tickets call 212-510-8524
Or visit www.nycgreekfilmfestival.com