The Hellenic Film Society USA is pleased to present a screening of Smuggling Hendrix, a biting comedy, written and directed by Greek Cypriot Marios Piperides, in his feature film debut. The award-winning film was named Best International Narrative Feature (Cyprus) at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The screening will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY, on Sunday, November 11 at 3pm.
In the film, a dog named Jimi Hendrix accidentally crosses the Greek-Turkish border of the divided Cyprus capital of Nicosia. It delightfully chronicles the efforts of his owner, Yannis, a down-on-his luck musician, to smuggle him back to the Greek side, despite European laws that prohibit Jimi’s return. Yannis, who is about to leave Cyprus for a better life abroad, assembles an unlikely company of conspirators, including a Turkish settler, to help him overcome the bureaucratic obstacles preventing him from reuniting with his best friend. The film is based on a true story.
In describing the film, the Tribeca Film Festival said, “As Yiannis’s efforts dip farther into absurdity, they offer a send-up of the forces that prolong a conflict that has been poorly understood and largely forgotten by the outside world.” Variety called Smuggling Hendrix, a “delightful, droll, and intelligent comedy, which captures the absurdity and tragedy of a complicated political situation with a consistently light touch.”
“We are delighted to present Marios Piperides’ feature film debut,” says Jimmy DeMetro, president, Hellenic Film USA. “We expect to see a lot more from Piperides on movie screens in the US and around the world in the future.”
Smuggling Hendrix is part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s Always on Sunday film series, featuring monthly Sunday afternoon screenings of Greek films. The museum is located in Astoria at 36-01 35th Avenue, conveniently located near public transportation. To purchase tickets, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org. Use discount code SUNDAY20.
The Hellenic Film Society USA
The Hellenic Film Society USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to promote Greek cinema in America. Its mission is to share the richness of Greek films with a wider American audience, to promote Greek filmmakers, and to preserve the film heritage of Greece.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is the lead supporter of the Hellenic Film Society USA. Generous support is also provided by Carol and Nikos Mouyiaris in memory of their son Alexi. Additional funding is provided by the Onassis Foundation USA, The Kallinikeion Foundation, the Libra Group, and Vassilaros & Sons.
For additional information, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 718-531-5074.