The Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC and The Cinematheque have announced the dates and lineup for the second annual Vancouver Greek Film Festival from June 1-4, 2023, an in-person screening and cultural event hosted in Vancouver at The Cinematheque. The second edition celebrates the art of Greek cinema, and includes an eclectic offering of contemporary and classic Greek films. The festival is part of a calendar of events organized by the congress during Greek Heritage Month, which will culminate this year in the return of Greek Day on Broadway on Sunday, June 25, 2023.
Highlights of this year’s celebration include a rare 35mm presentation of Elia Kazan’s epic America America on opening night; a screening of the recently restored 1970 film Reconstruction, the first feature of famed Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos; three dramatic features and three dramatic shorts directed by women, many of which won awards at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards; and a closing night tribute to the late, beloved Olympia Dukakis, in the form of a feature-length documentary on her life and legacy, Olympia.
This year’s festival is again curated into four streams: “From the Archive,” a look back on classics of Greek cinema; “Celebrating Greek Auteurs and Artists,” stories by and about iconic Greek artists; “Contemporary Greek Cinema,” a selection of recent titles making waves at home and abroad; and “Greeks in Diaspora,” films made by Greek directors from around the world.
The Vancouver Greek Film Festival is generously supported by Omega Travel, Simon Fraser University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, and Chris Theodoropoulos and Maureen McCann, with thanks to the Consulate General of Greece.
The Vancouver Greek Film Festival is organized by Harry Killas, curator and co-founder; Johanna Killas, assistant curator; Christos Dikeakos, co-founder; The Cinematheque; and the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC.