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Hellenic Film Society USA Presents “Siege on Liperti Street”

Anastasia Fassoulioti, "Siege on Liperti Street" (2019)

Astoria, NY – The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) will present the award-winning film, Siege on Liperti Street on Sunday, January 23 at 4pm at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. The film is part of the monthly Always on Sunday Greek film series which began in 2018.

The film, written and directed by Cypriot Stavros Pamballis, won five Best Picture awards at the 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The film is set near the buffer zone dividing the city of Nicosia, Cyprus, where a desperate father crushed by economic austerity fights to keep his family’s home from being repossessed, at any cost. The film stars Constantine Markoulakis, one of Greece’s most acclaimed theater actors. Siege is in Greek with English subtitles.

Siege on Liperti Street is a very powerful film the captures a simple man’s love for his family and the desperation that drives him to do whatever is necessary to save them from financial ruin,” says Jimmy DeMetro, president of the Hellenic Film Society USA. “This is a most impressive directorial debut for Pamballis and we look forward to seeing more work from him in the future.”

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Stavros Pamballis began his career as a screenwriter, with the multi-award winning Shirley Adams, (directed by Oliver Hermanus), an official selection at major international film festivals including Locarno, Toronto, London, and Dubai. “Siege on Liperti Street”, a Greek and Cypriot production, his debut as a writer-director, had its national premiere at the 2019 Thessaloniki International Film Festival where it won 5 awards including the Greek Film Critics Association award (PEKK), the International Federation of Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI) and the Hellenic Broadcasting award (ERT).

A trailer for the film and an interview with the writer-director and lead actress Daphne Alexander can be found on the Hellenic Film Society’s YouTube channel.

For further information or to purchase tickets to the film, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497 and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Hellenic Film Society USA

The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rooted in the belief that Greek cinema can and should be part of the American cultural landscape. The organization promotes feature films, documentaries, and film shorts made by Greek filmmakers and those of Greek descent, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus.

In addition to collaborating with the Museum of the Moving Image for its series of monthly Greek film screenings, HFS presents the annual New York Greek Film Expo film festival annually. When the pandemic forced movie theaters to close, HFS began streaming Greek films worldwide and created a YouTube channel to satisfy audience demand for Greek film.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is the lead supporter of the Hellenic Film Society USA. Additional support is provided by the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Kallinikeion Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Antenna Satellite TV.