2011-10-19 / Features

MMI Hosts Fifth Annual NYC Greek Film Festival

Despite an economic crisis that makes the financing of motion pictures particularly difficult, the Greek film industry is experiencing an exciting renaissance. Last year’s startling and provocative family drama Dogtooth earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.

From October 20 through 23 the Museum of the Moving Image will host the opening week of the fifth annual city Greek Film Festival.

The festival, showcasing eight new feature films from Greece, offers New Yorkers the opportunity to discover some important emerging filmmakers. Among the screenings at MMI are the North American premiere of Tungsten, Giorgios Georgopoulos’ feature debut, which tells three stories of Athenians living close to the edge (director Georgopoulos and star Vangelis Mourikis will appear in person at the October 21 screening); Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg, Greece’s Academy Award entry this year and Yannis Economides’ gritty film noir Knifer, which won seven Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Other films include My Sweet Canary, a documentary, the family drama Gold Dust (Chrysoskoni); the gentle comedy Charisma (Harisma); Strella, a hit from last year’s festival and Nobody, a Romeo and Juliet tale set in the migrant community in contemporary Athens.

Tickets cost $12 per film/$8 for members. MMI is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

The New York City Greek Film Festival continues in Manhattan from October 27 through 30 at the SVA Theatre. For more information, visit nycgreekfilmfestival.com.

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