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By Daniel Margolis
Observer Movie Reviewer 

Modern Greece Set Against Backdrop of Rising Unemployment, Socioeconomic Turmoil, Financial Instability, & Illegal Immigration

Acclaimed Greek Film, "Worlds Apart", Held Its North American Premiere at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

 

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"Worlds Apart" Actor J.K. Simmons, Writer/Actor/Director Christopher Papakaliatis, and Producer Dorothea Paschalidou on the red carpet for the North American Premiere of "Worlds Apart" at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.

"Worlds Apart" (Enas Allos Kosmos), Greece's highest grossing movie since 2009, made its North American debut on June 5, 2016, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, closing out the tenth annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. The film was so successful in Greece that its gross revenue even surpassed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

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"Worlds Apart" Actress Andrea Osvart on the red carpet for the North American Premiere of "Worlds Apart" at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.

"Worlds Apart" stars Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, as well as internationally acclaimed actors Christopher Papakaliatis, Andrea Osvart, Maria Kavoyianni, Minas Hatzisavvas, Tawfeek Barhom, and Niki Vakali. The film was written and directed by Christopher Papakaliatis.

J.K. Simmons received the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival's Orpheus Award, a prize honoring the best in Greek cinema. "Worlds Apart" was also awarded four Hellenic Film Academy Awards for cinematic excellence.

"Worlds Apart" is set in modern Greece against the backdrop of rising unemployment, socioeconomic turmoil, financial instability, illegal immigration, and neo-Nazi violent extremism. The film consists of three separate narratives, each focusing on a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each tale represents a different generation falling in love, but the three stories are all woven together such that the film's true impact is evident when the stories are viewed as a whole. "Worlds Apart" reminds the viewer that, even in the most damming and harsh reality, love can blossom and even thrive.

 

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