Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chevalier at the AFI EU Film Showcase

The Greek film Chevalier is participating at this year's American Film Institute EU Film Showcase. The film is directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and co-written by Tsangari and Efthymis Filippou. It won the Best Film Award at the 2015  London Film Festival and it is the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Showtime is Thursday December,8 at 7 pm at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

For the trailer and more information please click here:


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Two Greek films in the 29th AFI European Union Film Showcase

For the 29th year, the  AFI European Union Film Showcase is ready to offer to the DC audience a great selection of EU films. This year, the festival includes 47 films from 28 countries among which 14 countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

Greece is represented by two films:
- Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxAkbc2_vds
- Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcGXr8D1Lzc

More information can be found here:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

"How 560 Greek priceless treasures got to Washington DC and National Geographic's Saving the Past initiative"

Dr. Fred Heibert, National Geographic’s Fellow Archeologist and Dr. Zoe Kosmidou, Director of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in the USA will share insights on how the recent National Geographic Museum's exhibition: “THE GREEKS: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” set sail with 560 priceless treasures from 22 museums across Greece, to bring an extraordinary cultural experience to Washington, D.C. 
In their conversation, they will narrate the fascinating story of the diplomatic way that the exhibition was born six years ago.  Dr Heibert will conclude by introducing the recent National Geographic’s initiative about preserving World’s Cultural Heritage.

This event has been organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. It is part of the "Protecting our Heritage" initiative, a program supported by UNESCO and organized by the Washington Network of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), under the 2016 Italian presidency held by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC. The program was created in order to raise awareness on the need to act against the growing threats posed to cultural heritage by wars, international terrorism, criminal organizations, climate challenges - or more simply, by neglect.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Join us by RSVP here:


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

5000 years of Greek History in Washington. D.C.

National Geographic is hosting in Washington D.C. the blockbuster exhibit "Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great"! During whole summer the audience will have the opportunity to admire artifacts that had never been presented outside Greece before while also attending events that celebrate all things Greek!
 For more information, please visit the official page of the exhibition:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A tribute to Greece from the National Gallery of Art in DC!

The National Gallery of Art  is hosting the exhibition Power and Pathos:Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. The exhibition presents some 50 bronze sculptures and related works that were created during the Hellenistic period ( from the fourth century BC to the first century AD). the sculptures are originally kept in archaeological museums all over the world (e.g. Austria, Denmark, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, the United States, and the Vatican).

To accompany the exhibition , the National Gallery of Art is also hosting a Greek Documentary Series (from January 5th to March 20th), The series includes 9 documentaries and there are screenings almost everyday! The schedule is available here: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/film-programs/greek-docs.html?pageNumber=1

At the same time, the National Gallery of Art, is hosting a special event dedicated to the New Greek Cinema. Starting on January 9th until February 28th, the audience has the opportunity to get familiar with the work of a new generation of filmmakers! The schedule is available here:

All events are free of charge, but for the screenings seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

The AFI European Union Film Showcase is an excellent opportunity for Washington audiences to watch European cinema. This year the event takes place from December 1 to December 20 and includes international film festival award winners, European box–office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

 In this showcase, there are two Greek films that participate:

Sat, Dec. 12, 9:40 p.m.; Sun, Dec. 13, 7:15 p.m.
Angeliki Papoulia (DOGTOOTH) is galvanizing as Maria, a wife and mother driven to extremes by the collapse of her family, business and belief system in Syllas Tzoumerkas' scathing thriller. The film cross-cuts between the present, where Maria takes off in her SUV with a suitcase full of money and a fire behind her, and the past, where the interplay of marital and family relationships is revealed, and where her shopkeeper parents' mounting debt reflects Greece's recent economic crisis. This drama of family tensions, rages and sexual passions leads to an explosive conclusion. Official Selection, 2014 Locarno, 2015 Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. DIR/SCR Syllas Tzoumerkas; SCR Youla Boudali; PROD Jeroen Beker, Maria Drandaki, Ellen Havenith, Titus Kreyenberg. Greece, 2015, color, 83 min. In Greek, English and German with English subtitles.
Fri, Dec. 4, 9:20 p.m.; Sat, Dec. 5, 9:20 p.m.
Alexis Alexiou's hyper-stylish neo-noir follows 32 hours in the life of jazz club owner Stelios (Stelios Manias) as he tries to raise the money he owes gangster The Romanian (Mimi Branescu). Stelios tries to collect from the various characters who owe him money, but everyone from his drug dealer to the Albanian strip club operator to his cop brother have the same excuse: the economic crisis. Official Selection, 2015 Tribeca, Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. DIR/SCR Alexis Alexiou; PROD Thanassis Karathanos. Greece/Germany/Israel, 2015, color, 116 min. In Greek, German and Romanian with English subtitles.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with the Municipality of Rhodes, the Institute of International Relations and the Centre of Eastern Studies for Culture and Communication organize the 2nd International Cultural Academy on the topic “Public & Cultural Diplomacy in Times of Crisis”, that will take place in Rhodes, on 22 – 26 October 2015. The International Academy is placed under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. The Academy is targeted at people starting a PhD, researchers from academia, professionals from cultural field and junior diplomats. The general themes that will be covered are the following:
  • European Crisis as Economic, Political and Cultural Question
  • Cultural Heritage as a Diplomacy Tool
  • Globalization and Cultural Diplomacy
  • The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Grand Strategy
  • Environmental Diplomacy Initiatives
For more information: http://hfc-worldwide.org/blog/2015/07/31/international-cultural-academy-2015/