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:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Six years of operation for the Acropolis Museum! An exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters to be explored!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Greece is celebrating the European Music Day with 3 days full of events all over the country.
The official website is :

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The First Line – Film Screening in Washington DC


As part of the European Month of Culture in Washington DC, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with Georgetown University Modern Greek Studies and Pillars of Greek Culture organized the screening of The First Line, a love story and legal thriller built around the case for the return of the Elgin Marbles.
The First Line is a love story about two Greek Attorneys who sue the British Museum for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. Andreas (Pantelis Kodogiannis) was forced to leave his homeland of Greece as a child but he now returns at the invitation of the Director of the Acropolis Museum (Giancarlo Giannini) to pursue the case against the British Museum. As he gathers evidence to prove that documents were forged to allow for the sale of the Marbles to the British Parliament in 1816, the city of 2011 Athens finds itself in the state of economic and social crisis. Andreas is assisted by his co-worker and love interest Eleni (Kassandra Voyagis) as they go to London to begin the legal proceedings.
A deposition of the British Museum curator (Michael Byrne) turns confrontational as Andreas presses the case against the Museum. The General Council for the British Museum (Paul Freeman) comes to the defense of his client and exploits the over-confidence of the Greek legal team. Evidence about the structural condition of the Parthenon at the time of the taking of the Marbles is also presented by the Acropolis’s Head Archaeologist (Georges Corraface) using the latest 3D technology. The two lawyers and lovers face a long, hard road to reunification that ultimately brings them to an appeal at the International Court of Justice.
The main cast is joined by other supporting roles including Yorgo Voyagis, Spiros Fokas, and other Greek and international talent.
The film was written, produced, and directed by Coerte Voorhees and John Voorhees. This is the Greek-American directors’ first feature film. The idea for ΤHE FIRST LINE was originally inspired by Coerte’s thesis research on the Parthenon Sculptures at Georgetown University. Coerte and John co-wrote the script while Coerte has been pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in film production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and John was finishing his MBA at Stanford.
Coerte and John made The First Line because they were interested in exploring the deeper meanings of the Parthenon Sculptures. The Parthenon itself is a cinematic composition that, through sculpture, tells the story of the birth of Athena and her contest to have justice preside over the people of Athens. Having lived in Athens, John and Coerte wanted to relate this ancient myth to modern times and to demonstrate that the Marbles are still important to the people of Greece today.
The story is also about the love between a man and his home country, just as a man may love a woman. The Athenians chose the goddess Athena to represent them, so that they could “fall in love with her” as Pericles famously said. This love and devotion drives at the heart of The First Line.
The directors are supporters of reunification because it allows for the more fully completed Parthenon to be seen and appreciated. The legal argument for the return is presented because of the rich history it offers. Central to this argument is the discovery that a name was changed on one of the documents to allow for the sale of the Marbles. It is the directors’ hope that at the very least, more people in the international community will understand the history of the Parthenon Marbles and that their sacred meaning will be retold to a new generation.
Greece may be a small country but produces high quality goods! 109 Greek Products won the 2015 Superior Taste Award from The International Taste & Quality Institute! Honey, oil, dairy products and fisheries are only some of them!

Check out he list for all 2015 winning products here:…/awarded-pr…/awarded-products-2015.html

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2015

Three months full of art and culture in the region of Athens thanks to the "Athens and Epidaurus Festival"(!
 This event that has lasted for 56 years (summers specifically) was the reason for National Geographic to put the city of Athens among the best trips for the summer 2015!

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

Are you visiting Quebec this summer?
The Canadian Museum of History hosts an exhibition on 5,000 years of Greek Culture! It showcases over 500 priceless artifacts garnered from 21 Greek museum!

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF)

The 9th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival took place on June 3 - 7, 2015! 
It showcased new films from Greece and Cyprus, and included works by international filmmakers of Greek descent.
Congratulations to all participants!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Are you familiar with Greek wine?

Greek wine producers will try to increase their exports to US. According to a survey conducted by the Association of Greek wine producers, 80% of the Americans drinking wine on a weekly basis said that they are familiar with Greek labels and 14% answered they had tasted Greek wine within the month asked.
For more information, please read the article posted in Greeknewsagenda:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The First Line - Greek film screening at Georgetown University

What is your opinion on international art repatriation? Are you aware of the Parthenon Marbles issue?
Join us on Thursday, May 28 for the screening of the film called "The First Line"!
The trailer can be found here:
Panel discussion and reception will follow!
Book your place immediately by emailing us: