Never on Sunday is a 1960 Greek film written and directed by Jules Dassin and starring Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, and Giorgos Foundas. Ilya (Mercouri) is a successful and charming prostitute living in Piraeus, Greece. She has many friends throughout the neighborhood and is loved by many. When Homer Thrace (Dassin) arrives in town from Connecticut, he decides that Ilya is the perfect case study as to why Greece has fallen from greatness. Homer makes Ilya his project, making sure she has adequate supplies to become educated. He receives money from Noface (Alexis Solomos), a local pimp, who wants Ilya to stop working because it's giving other prostitutes ideas of independence. Ilya is a free spirit, however, and resists many of the changes that Homer is forcing upon her. Never on Sunday was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Music, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.