Second Annual Vancouver Greek Film Festival
Screening Dates
  • June 1, 2023 7:00
35mm Print

Kazan’s masterpiece, the movie he was born to make.”

Tom Charity, Cinema Scope

Newcomer Stathis Giallelis plays a young Greek from Anatolia who stops at nothing to secure a passage to America. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director—it won Best Art Direction (Black-and-White)—America America was Greek American director Elia Kazan’s favourite, and in his view most important, of his films. Lensed by legend Haskell Wexler and based on Kazan family myths and legends, the film powerfully re-imagines the Hollywood epic in anticipation of the auteur-oriented New Hollywood,” with non-actors, handheld camerawork, and a rugged, emotional immediacy. This compelling story of survival resonates today as a tribute to immigrant families, regardless of origin, whose arrival in a new country is marked by struggle. In 2001, America America was added to the US National Film Registry.

Remains one of the milestones in American cinema … Kazan dominates, fascinates, and convinces.”

Robin Bean, Films and Filming