Football royalty returns to the big screen with ‘King’ Otto Rehhagel

The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) will present King Otto, the critically acclaimed film about the miraculous triumph of the Greek national football team at the 2004 European Championships. The screening on Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image in AstoriaQueens, will be followed by a live panel discussion and Q&A with members of that championship team who are coming to New York for the film’s premiere.

Directed by Greek-American Christopher André Marks, King Otto tells the unlikely story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The Greek team, which challenged 300 to 1, was led by legendary German coach “King” Otto Rehhagel who, after major success in his own country, went to work with the underachieving Greek national team in a language that he did not speak, in a country he could not understand.

Besides the drama on the pitch, at the base King Otto is an intimate human story of cultural collaboration and the triumph of the spirit in a time when we need uplifting tales of hope and unity. The documentary opened theatrically in Europe and Australia to critical acclaim. the The BBC calls it, “A beautiful, beautiful film.”

“We are delighted to show King Otto, which is a very exciting and well-crafted film,” said Jimmy DeMetro, President of the Hellenic Film Society USA. “Coach Otto and the downtrodden Greek heroes of modern times in this moving film are almost a page from Greek mythology.”

The film is in English, Greek and German, with English subtitles. A trailer for the film is available on the Hellenic Film Society’s You YouTube channel. The screening is part of the monthly Always on Sunday Series of Greek films that debuted in 2018.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the film, visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497 and follow on Facebook and Instagram. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, is conveniently located near public transportation. For the latest information on the Museum’s public health protocols, guests are suggested to visit the Museum of the Moving Image website.


About the Hellenic Film Society USA

The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization rooted in the belief that Greek cinema can and should be part of the American cultural landscape. The organization promotes feature films, documentaries and short films made by Greek and Greek-born filmmakers, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus.

In addition to collaborating with the prestigious Museum of the Moving Image for its series of monthly Greek film screenings, HFS annually presents the New York Greek Film Expo film festival. When the pandemic forced cinemas to close, HFS started broadcasting Greek films worldwide and created a YouTube channel to meet public demand for Greek films.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is the main supporter of the Hellenic Film Society USA. Additional support is provided by the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Queen’s Arts Council and Antenna Satellite TV. For more information, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497.

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