Greek-Cypriot filmmaker Jorgo Papavassiliou was awarded Best Director at the New York International Film Festival for his movie, Slave. The same film won also the Best Supporting Actor award at the Festival.
The Greek director was moved during the award ceremony. He said it is an honor for to him to be awarded in New York, which, along with Los Angeles, are the Mecca of cinema. His movie is a co-production of Germany and Cyprus, he explained, telling the audience that the European Union provides funding to young artists and directors which they could take advantage of.
Slave is a film with diabolical twists in the dark story of a clever detective who investigates the death of an abusive businessman who has recently divorced his wife and taken custody of their only child, by revealing her past as a porn star. Papavassiliou said he hoped that the prize could help the film find a bigger audience. Shooting of his new film will begin in January in Istanbul.