Film Festival Features Greek Premiere in U.S.
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which starts today and runs through Sunday in Hollywood, this year features a first-time screening of a newly restored print of Zorba the Greek, courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Other highlights of the festival will include panel discussions, a screening of the feature film Alter Ego, starring Greece’s well-known pop star and prized Eurovision finalist Sakis Rouvas, a Tribute Night Gala, and the U.S. premiere of the closing night film Little Greek Godfather, which is based on a short story written by Nicholas Papandreou, son of Andreas Papandreou, Greece’s former Prime Minister.
“It was a natural fit to have the restored version of Zorba the Greek make its debut at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment and Advisory Board Member of the LAGFF. “We are enormously proud of this classic film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three, and the meticulously restored print brilliantly displays its award-winning cinematography.”
The LAGFF showcases new films from Greece, Cyprus, as well as filmmakers of Greek descent. More than 30 feature films and documentaries, many set to make their U.S. premiere, will be screened during the five-day festival.
The festival also offers screenings of film masterworks, seminars on important contemporary film issues, and tributes to significant Greek filmmakers and performers. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories.
Most of the screenings and events will be held in the Egyptian Theatre, located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Other events will be held at the Linwood Dunn Theater, and in the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian.
For more information and a schedule of events, call 818-728-0720, or visit the website at www.lagreekfilmfestival.org.