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20th Athens International Film Festival - Opening Nights
16 September 2014
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The anniversary edition of the Athens International Film Festival - Opening Nights comes from today till the 28th of September will screen the record number of 241 films - over 100 feature films from all over the world, three competition sections, special tributes, documentaries and more than 60 homegrown shorts. The official lineup will be accompanied by a series of sidebar events, including workshops and lectures. 

97 Greek films are screening this year, 12 of them feature ones. Electra by Petros Sevastikoglou, a work in progress film will open the Greek program. The festival also features Nikos Grammatikos latest Medea: Louder Than My Thoughts while Panos H. Coutras’ multitravelled Xenia will have a special screening. Syllas TzoumerkasA Blast and At Home by Athanasios Karanikolas are two other awarded Greek films included in the program.  

Festival Director Orestis Andreadakis

23 premieres features Athens IFF 2014, among them Alain Resnais΄ last film Life Of Riley, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, Yann Demange΄s political thriller ‘71, the awarded in Cannes ‘14 The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, Tribeca’s Best Debut winner Josef Kubota Wladyka with Manos Sucias and When Animals Dream by Nar Dyrene Drommer, a Cannes ‘14 contender.

The International Competition section, which hosts some of the most eagerly awaited films in the festival circuit will present 11 debut, second or third feature films from Europe, North and Latin America -competing for the Golden Athena Award. 

The other big section of the festival, the Music and Film Competition section will present 7 documentaries, also competing for the Golden Athena Award. Titles to mention are the Nick Cave-centered 20.000 Days on Earth by Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard and Life Itself by Steve James on the life and times of critic Roger Ebert, while the Special Screenings section are set to show -among others- a digitally restored print of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, supervised by Tobe Hooper himself and Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut, Parts I & II. Panorama section is presenting 11 international films distinguished in major festivals. 

Athens International Film Festival - Opening NIghts this year’s program goes on, this time paying homage to Robert Altman with a tribute to his most influential 70’s classics, to legendary Polish auteur Andrzej Zulawski, with a full retrospective of his frenzy works, and to Greek outcast Stavros Tornes – making again the Tributes & Retrospectives section one of the highlights of the festival.

On the sidebar events, there are two singling out: a Networking Brunch were festival guests Oliver Baumgarten (Berlinale) and Christian Jeune (Cannes) will meet Greek producers, directors and distributors to discuss the journey of homegrown films abroad and share insight on how to achieve a successful festival run. Second, the New Media and Low Budget Filmmaking masterclass, in which cinematographers Giannis Daskalothanasis and Christos Alexandris will reveal their trade secrets in a special presentation -in collaboration with the Greek Society of Cinematographers- on low budget filmmaking and how to make a film of minimum cost by taking advantage of the latest technology.

Returning to the local productions, The Greek Shorts Competition section, organized for the third year in a row, is of particular interest, offering young filmmakers the chance to present their work and claim awards. 65 of these filmmaker’s shorts will compete for one of 5 the awards, including the new Best Cinematography Award given by the Greek Society of Cinematographers. 

6 Greek feature films will be introduced to the local audiencea at the festival:

Xenia by Panos H. Koutras, Greece, France, Belgium, 2014

A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece, Germany, 2014

At Home by Athanasios Karanikolas, Greece, Germany, 2014

The Forthcoming of Apache by Yannis Soldatos, Greece, 2014

Pandemy by Dimitris Piatas, Greece, 2014

Matriarchy by Nikos Kornilios, Greece, 2013

4 new Greek documentaries will be also presented:

Golfo in Epidaurus by Elias Giannakakis, Greece, 2014

Sam Roma - We Are Gypsies by Marina Danezi, Greece, 2014,

Medea: Louder Than My Thoughts by Nikos Grammatikos, Greece, 2014

Excision by Victoria Vellopoulou, Greece, 2013

3 Works in Progress:

Forever by Margarita Manda, Greece, 2014

7 Kinds of Wrath by Christos Voupouras, Greece, 2014

Electra by Petros Sevastikoglou, Greece, 2014

2 Greek co-productions feature also at Panorama section:

Red Rose by Sepideh Farsi, France/Greece/Iran, 2014

Committed by Stelana Kliris, Cyprus, 2014

The 20th edition of Athens IFF will officialy open with another premiere, Wild Tales by Damian Szifron and will draw curtains with David Fincher’s latest Gone Girl, 48 hours after its New York world premiere.

Visit Athens IFF website for the complete program of films and sections and the Materclasses daily program.

Check also the Greek short films in Competition

  A Blast
  At Home
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Panos H. Koutras
  Athanasios Karanikolas
  Stelana Kliris
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