The sixth annual New York City Greek Film Festival, which ran from October 6 through 17, broke all  previousattendance records with 3,804 admissions.“Most of the  films this year played at or near capacity,” said festival manager StamatisGhikas. “We also noticed an increase in young and non-Greek viewers, all of which is tremendously gratifying.” “We are very pleased by the turnout this year,” added James DeMetro, festival director. “The films were high quality, and people wanted to see them. So many told me how much they enjoyed the films and how grateful they were for the opportunity to see Greek movies. For the most part, people  were happy with what they had seen.”
This year’s festival presented twelve films from Greece, some of them shown for the first time in the U.S. Included among the selections were: ALPS, directed by YorgosLanthimos; Burning Heads (To Gala), Giorgos Siougas; Christmas Tango (To Tango Ton Christougennon), Nikos Koutelidakis; City of Children (I Poli Ton Paidion), Yorgos Gkikapeppas; God Loves Caviar (O Theos Agapaei To Haviari), IannisSmaragdis; Magic Hour, Kostas Kapakas; Smyrna: The Destruction of A Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922, Maria Iliou; Two Men And A Baby (Mia For a Kai Ena Moro), Nikos Zapatinas;Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos), FilipposTsitsos, Wasted Youth, Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, 100, Gerasimos Rigas;  and The Fiend of Athens (O Drakos), the 1956 classic directed by Nikos Koundouros.  Also shown was the American film Fred Won’t Move Out, by Greek American director Richard Ledes.
The festival also paid tribute to the late Theo Angelopoulos with a lecture with film excerpts by Prof. Andrew Horton of the University of Oklahoma. Prof. Horton, who was a personal friend of Angelopoulos, has written extensively on the director’s work.
Screenings were held at the Museum of the Moving Image, the legendary Paris Theater, the  NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, and Cinema Village,  New York City’s great indie theater. The festival was presented under the auspices of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce,the  Hellenic American Cultural Foundation,  and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.“We are grateful to the filmmakers of Greece for their efforts to make movies under the especially difficult conditions they face today,” DeMetro added. “They remain undaunted and continue to make quality films worthy of attention.”
    

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