The Hellenic Film Society USA drew an audience of more than 2,500 for its second annual New York Greek Film Expo presenting a wide range of award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts.
The nine comedies, dramas and documentaries addressed topics including women’s issues in the restaurant business as well as Greek society and politics.
Seven directors came from Athens, Paris, Montreal and Los Angeles to participate in receptions and post-screening Q&A sessions with audience members.
“We are delighted at the audience reaction to the fine films we presented at this year’s Expo,” Hellenic Film Society President Jimmy DeMetro said.
DeMetro added that “Their enthusiastic response to the films and their insightful questions to the directors in our Q&A sessions demonstrate that Greek films resonate not only with Greek-American audiences, but audiences of all nationalities.”
At the closing of the Expo on May 11, the Hellenic Film Society announced its two annual awards.
The Audience Award was given to “Kazantzakis,” a dramatization of late Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, directed by Yannis Smaragdis.
The 2019 Alexis Mouyiaris Memorial Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film was given to actress Marisha Triantafyllidou for her role in “Her Job.” This role also earned Mouyiaris the 2019 Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Expo took place May 3-11 at the Directors Guild Theater in Manhattan, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens and the Manhasset Theater in Long Island.
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