Celebrated American film director and screenwriter Alexander Payne will be in Greece accompanied by actor Paul Giamatti for the January 25th screening of his latest movie “The Holdovers” across Athenian cinemas.

This is Payne’s second visit to Greece in a short spell, as the director, of Greek descent, (born Alexander Constantine Papadopoulos) attended the nationwide premier in Greece of “The Holdovers”, starring Paul Giamatti, at the Thessaloniki Film Festival eight months ago.

Α πριωατε screening in Athens of “The Holdovers” is scheduled for January 22nd at the Pierce Theater at the American College where Payne and Giamatti will have a Q&A with the audience. Only those with invitations can attend.

The movie is about a curmudgeonly instructor, played by Paul Giamatti, at a New England prep school who remains on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. He soon forms an unlikely bond with a brainy but damaged troublemaker Angus (Dominic Sessa), and with the school’s head cook, a woman who just lost a son in the Vietnam War.

Payne constructs a small emotional paradise, addressing multiple themes simultaneously: education, trust, friendship, and love. These are just some of the ingredients of a film that you truly enjoy watching.

Alexander Payne, 62, has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award and three Golden Globe Awards as well as a nomination for a Grammy Award.

Paul Giamatti is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004) – for which he was nominated for an Oscar Best Actor, and Barney’s Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man (2005), The Illusionist (2006), and San Andreas (2015).