The Denver Greek Festival is right around the corner, but it’s not too early to get your Greek on with some iconic Greek movies.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
If you have any Greek friends or just a fan of rom-coms, you’ve probably seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Based on Nia Vardalos’ her own family and marriage to a non-Greek man, the movie follows 30-year-old Toula Portokalos, a Greek American woman, who falls in love with non-Greek Ian Miller. Filled with classic one-liners, the movie should be at the top of any rom-com fanatic’s list.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”
Sequel to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” leaves off where the first one ended. Now, 18 years later, Toula and Ian must come to the reality that their daughter, Paris, might be leaving Chicago for college. Additionally, Toula’s parents learn that their wedding certificate was never signed so they were never officially married, so it’s up to the family to give them a proper wedding.
“Zorba the Greek”
This classic Greek film follows Basil, a British-Greek writer, who meets a Greek-Macedonian peasant and musician named Zorba. Basil explains to Zorba that he is traveling to a rural Cretan village where his father owns some land, with the intention of reopening a lignite mine and perhaps curing his writer’s block. Zorba relates his experience with mining and persuades Basil to take him along. Through hijinks and triumphs, this movie is one for the ages — and filled with a classic soundtrack at that.
“My Life in Ruins”
Another Vardalos comedy, this story follows Georgia, a Greek tour guide, whose life takes a personal detour, while her group gets entangled in comic situations among the ruins, with a series of unexpected stops along the way. A must-see if you want to take a virtual tour of Greece without leaving your couch and want a few laughs along the way.
Based on the acclaimed musical, this movie follows young bride Sophie on the quest to find out who her father is so he can walk her down the aisle. After reading her mother Donna’s diaries, she narrows it down to three men and invites them all to the wedding without her mother knowing. The movie takes place on the small, fictional Greek island of Kalokairi (Skopelos), providing a gorgeous backdrop for this comedy. Featuring the music of ABBA and an all-star cast, what more could you want?
Join us at the 53rd annual Denver Greek Festival, taking place June 15-17.