The ninth annual New York City Greek Film Festival opens Friday, October 2 with the award-winning documentary A Family Affair at 7:30 pm, in the Museum of the Moving Image, 35 Avenue at 37 Street, Astoria.
A Family Affair focuses on three generations of the famous Greek Xylouris family as they perform for admiring fans all over the world, upholding their sacred bond to the vibrant musical tradition of Crete.
The mission of the New York City Greek Film Festival is to establish a presence for Greek films in New York City. The festival aspires to bring the best work of Greek filmmakers to New York audiences and to show the films in the most up to date screening facilities.
According to the organizers, despite an economic crisis that has caused problems in the film sector, the Greek film industry is experiencing an exciting renaissance. Greek films are finding an audience all over the world and are winning major prizes at international festivals. 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 New York City Greek Film Festival take place in Astoria, with the help of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce (HACC) in conjunction with the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation (HACF).