Hundreds of film lovers, Greek directors and journalists flooded the historic Babylon cinema in east Berlin for the four-day Hellas Filmbox Berlin film festival that ended on Sunday.
The event was hosted by the German-Greek Cultural Association, that was founded in Berlin in 2015 in order to improve ties between the two countries through culture.
During the festival, dozens of films and shorts of the ‘New Greek Cinema’, were shown to a full house. The success of the endeavor will make the festival an annual event.
Renown Greek directors Pantelis Voulgaris spoke at the opening ceremony and presented the film “Little England”. He received a warm welcome by the Greek-German public.
Greek-German, Vicky Leandros sang “The Boys of Piraeus” amid applause. German performer Holger Ehlers sang a humorous song and actor Andre Hennicke read passages of Nikos Kazantzakis in German. Songwriter Klaus Hoffmann sang one of his songs as well.
A total of 55 Greek directors were present at the festival. Among them were Elissavet Chronopoulou, Socrates Alafouzos, Yiannis Sakaridis, Stella Theodoraki, Alexis Tsafas, Stelios Kouloglou, Calliope Legaki, Vassilis Loules, Filippos Tsitos, Vassilis Kekatos, Yiannis Avramopoulos, Kyrinaios Papadimatos, Panagiotis Kountouras, Nefeli Sarri, Makis Asimakopoulos and Dimitris Nakos.
See the full list of the films shown here: http://www.hellasfilmbox.de/en/programme/