NEW YORK – Suntan, the compelling, award-winning new Greek film directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, opens for its first commercial engagement in the United States on Friday, March 10, at New York City’s Village East Cinema, Second Avenue and 12th Street.
The film is a cautionary tale focusing on a doctor approaching middle age, whose quiet life on the island of Antiparos is disrupted in the summer when he falls in love with a free-spirited tourist half his age. What begins as an attempt to recapture his youth quickly turns into a downward spiral, leading from infatuation to desperation and embarrassment.
Efthymis Papadimitriou, currently the best known film actor in Greece, gives a no-holds barred performance as the doctor. Elli Trigos makes a stunning film debut as his young love interest.
A major box office hit in Greece, Suntan has become a festival favorite around the world. It premiered at the Rotterdam Festival and was named Best International Feature Film at the 70th Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was an official selection at the 10th annual New York City Greek Film Festival in 2016., Jay Weissberg wrote in Variety, “Suntan scores a bull’s eye in all senses.”
“I’ve vacationed in Antiparos since I was 16,” said Papadimitropoulos. “I know the island well, and I believe we managed to capture that special summer frenzy, that island vibe. We may have even discovered a new genre: the coming of middle age film.”
Suntan at the Village East Cinema runs from March 10 through 16. Showtimes and information are available by phone: 212-529-6998. The film is intended for mature audiences.