Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos presents director Alexander Payne with 2017 honorary trophy
Amerika Square won at LAGFF Orpheus Awards the top prize of best feature film (at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival) Sunday evening.
Son of Sofia” received the runner-up Special Jury Prize for features. The films were, respectively, the opening and closing night pictures at the fest.
As part of the ceremony in front of a full house at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, Paramount CEO/President Jim Gianopulos (above, left) presented Oscar-winning writer/producer/director Alexander Payne (right) with the 2017 Honorary Orpheus. Payne screened an extended clip from his upcoming social satire “Downsizing,” set for distribution by Paramount in December.
Joked Gianopulos: “I love Alexander so much I went to Paramount just to be with him again.”
“Square,” directed by Yannis Sakarides, is a hard-hitting intertwining ensemble drama set amid the crisis atmosphere of contemporary Greece. “Sofia,” from Elina Psykou, while contrasting in style, is also rooted in the country’s immigrant predicament.