Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Announces Orpheus Award Winners

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival wrapped its 10th edition Sunday at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater with its annual Orpheus Awards.

“Riverbanks” won for best fiction feature film. Directed by Panos Karkanevatos, the pic centers on two drifters, each with a hazardous profession, who try to cheat death with love.

Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO 20th Century Fox, and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons received honorary Opheus Awards.

Gianopulos was recognized for his steadfast support of Lagff. In accepting the honor, the Fox topper recalled how his love for film was fed by his boyhood visits with his family to the Cameo theater on New York’s Eighth Ave., which showed Greek movies on the one day per week when it wasn’t projecting porn films.

Simmons, best supporting actor Oscar winner for “Whiplash,” was a lead actor in fest entry “Worlds Apart,” the biggest box office success in Greece in many years.
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