2019 GREEK FILM EXPO May 3 – May 11, 2019

The 2019 New York Greek Film Expo was a success!

Thanks to the more than 2,500 people who came to our screenings, the seven directors who came from around the world to share their films with us in person, to our dedicated team of volunteers, and to our sponsors and supporters who made it all possible.

Screenings were held at the following theaters:

Directors Guild Theater
110 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

Manhasset Cinema
430 Plandome Rd, Manhasset, NY 11030

CLIFFS OF FREEDOM, directed by Van Ling

The story of an ill-fated romance between a young Greek village girl and a conflicted Turkish officer during the dawn of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Their budding romance brings tragedy to her family and her village and leads to a confrontation during a pivotal battle that will change the course of history. Cast includes Patti LuPone and Christopher Plummer.

Friday, May 3, 7 pm
Opening Night – Movie Only
Directors Guild Theater


Immediately following the opening night screening of Cliffs of Freedom on Friday, May 3, the Hellenic Film Society will host an Opening Night Celebration at the renowned Brasserie 8 ½, near the Directors Guild Theater. With its dramatic sweeping staircase and original artwork by Matisse, Leger, and other French artists, the French brasserie is one of New York’s most stylishly sophisticated restaurants.

Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Guest filmmakers are expected to attend the reception

Friday, May 3
Movie and Reception

Screening at 7 pm
Directors Guild Theater

Reception at 9:30 pm
Brasserie 8 ½
Near the Directors Guild Theater
9 West 57th St., New York 10019

A FINE LINE, directed by Joanna James

This award-winning documentary, told through the story of Greek-American restaurateur Valerie James, is an uplifting success story about perseverance, family and food. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant culture with women at the helm, as celebrity chefs including Maria Loi and Lidia Bastianich weigh in on current workplace issues.

Best Documentary, Provincetown International Film Festival, 2018

Director Joanna James, and chefs Valerie James and Maria Loi are expected to attend the screening.

Sunday, May 5, 2 pm
Documentary Only
Directors Guild Theater


Get a taste of celebrity! Celebrity chef Maria Loi, featured in the documentary, A Fine Line, is hosting a tasting reception at 12:30, prior to the 2pm screening of the film on Sunday, May 5 at the Directors Guild Theater in Manhattan.

Sunday, May 5
Documentary and Reception

Screening at 2 pm
Directors Guild Theater

Reception at 12:30 pm
Directors Guild Theater

HER JOB, directed by Nikos Labot

Amid Greece’s economic turmoil, an oppressed housewife gets her first job as a cleaning woman at a shopping mall and unexpectedly finds empowerment and a sense of self-worth.

Six Hellenic Film Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Director Nikos Labot, winner of the Best New Director Award by the Hellenic Film Academy, and leading actress Marisha Triantafyllidou, named Best Actress, are expected to attend all screenings.

Saturday, May 4, 7 pm
Directors Guild Theater
Tuesday, May 7, 9:15 pm
Manhasset Cinema
Thursday, May 9, 7 pm
Museum of the Moving Image

HOLY BOOM, directed by Maria Lafi

The lives of four strangers living in the same diverse Athens neighborhood are upended when, on Palm Sunday, a teenager bombs a local mailbox, destroying documents of vital importance to each of them. Generational and ethnic differences add to the tensions in this film nominated for two Hellenic Film Academy Awards.

Two Hellenic Film Academy Award nominations

Director Maria Lafi is expected to attend the May 5 and May 6 screenings.

Sunday, May 5, 4:30 pm
Directors Guild Theater
Monday, May 6, 7 pm
Manhasset Cinema
Saturday, May 11, 4:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image

KAZANTZAKIS, directed by Yannis Smaragdis

This lushly photographed, award-winning dramatization recounts the life of Nikos Kazantzakis, best known for writing Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, and widely considered the greatest Greek writer of the 20th century.

Winner, Best of Show; Best Actor (Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos); Best Cinematography; Best Music Score, 2018 WorldFest Houston

Saturday, May 4, 9:15 pm
Directors Guild Theater
Tuesday, May 7, 7 pm
Manhasset Cinema

LAST SONG TO XENITIA, directed by Athena Scotes

Folk poet Vasiliki Papachristou Skoutela left Greece in 1931 for a better life in America, all the while keeping alive in her mind hundreds of ancient songs she had heard as a child in her mountain village in Epirus. At the age of 103, she returns to an economically depressed Greece and faces young people who, like she herself had done, are considering leaving home. Music legend Lakis Halkias appears in the film.

Director Athena Scotes is expected to attend the screening.

Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Museum of the Moving Image

MARIA BY CALLAS, directed by Tom Volf

Told through performances, TV interviews, never-before-seen home movies, family photographs, private letters, and unpublished memoirs, this documentary reveals the essence of the legendary Greek-American opera singer who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 pm
Manhasset Cinema

REFUGE II: THE ICE PATH, directed by Christos Nikoleris

When an accident befalls one of four friends spending a weekend in the woods, they seek shelter in what they believe is an abandoned house. Little do they know of the evil within in this thriller.

Winner, Audience Award, 2018 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Director Christos Nikoleris is expected to attend the screening on May 8.

Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm
Manhasset Cinema
Saturday, May 11, 2 pm
Museum of the Moving Image

SMUGGLING HENDRIX, directed by Marios Piperides

Biting satire about a Greek Cypriot trying to retrieve his dog from the Turkish side of Nicosia. This award-winning film was hailed by Variety as a “delightful…and intelligent comedy, which captures the absurdity and tragedy of a complicated political situation.” Named Best International Narrative Feature (Cyprus) at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Director Marios Piperides, winner of the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay for this film, is expected to attend both screenings.

Sunday, May 5, 7 pm
Directors Guild Theater
Monday, May 6, 9 pm
Manhasset Cinema

Greek language films are shown with English subtitles.


The 2019 Alexis Mouyiaris Memorial Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film went to actress Marisha Triantafyllidou for her role in Her Job as an oppressed housewife who finds empowerment when forced to get her first job to support her family. Triantafyllidou is also the recipient of the 2019 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
The 2019 New York Greek Film Expo Audience Award for most popular film was given to Kazantzakis, the award-winning dramatization of the life of Nikos Kazantzakis, widely considered the greatest Greek writer of the 20th century. Directed by Yannis Smaragdis.