Despite the economic crisis that makes the financing of motion pictures particularly difficult, the Greek film industry is experiencing an exciting renaissance. Greek films are finding audiences all over the world and are winning major prizes at international festivals.
Today’s Greek world through the impasses brought about by the economic crisis, as well as stories of unrealized dreams, lost expectations and spiritual quests of the little things in life, is going to be presented in the seventh Greek Film Festival of New York, from October 3-16.
Film critics are talking about a Greek new wave. Yet the American market continues to be elusive. Given the high cost of film distribution and Americans’ aversion to reading subtitles, the US continues to represent a challenge for Greek film artists. But even here things are beginning to change. The Academy Award nomination for Dogtooth in 2011 as well as the commercial distribution of Attenberg and ALPS in 2012 to rave reviews have helped draw Americans’ attention to the cutting-edge films coming out of Greece.
The feature films are: Joy (Hara) directed by Elias Giannakakis, Marjoram (Matzourana) directed by Olga Malea, and The Tree and the Swing (To Dendro Kai I Kounia) directed by Maria Douza.
The documentaries are: Black Box directed by documentary filmmaker Gerasimos Rigas and Naked Hands (Gymna Heria) directed by Giorgis Skevas.