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ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

By THIS IS ATHENS TEAM at 18.Sep


Everyone loves a good movie. If you’re in Athens in late September, you’re in luck. The Athens International Film Festival, the biggest annual film event begins on the 20th and runs through the 30th September. Over 100 feature-length and 67 short films will be screened in cinemas across the capital. 

Founded in 1995, the Athens International Film Festival, brings independent productions from all over the world, from movies to documentaries to tributes. This year’s theme is ‘Exploration’ — focussing on movies from up-and-coming directors, from different corners of the globe, that will only be shown in Greece during the Festival. You can see the full schedule here

If you’re more a ‘big names’ kind of cinephile, there’s plenty here for you. Start off with Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” (rumour has it that the director himself will be at the screening), or with the documentary about Vivien Westwood (‘Westwood: Punk Rock Activist’). Whatever you do, don’t miss the closing screening of the festival, it’s Robert Redford’s last appearance on the big screen: ‘The Old Man and the Gun.’ But hurry, tickets may sell out for this one. Get yours here.

The Festival also features a special tribute to cinema and gender equality, “The Future is Female.” Curated by an all-female panel, the screenings are all at the Greek Film Archive and are free. Check out the tribute’s schedule here.

“Cinema should make you forget that you’re sitting in a theatre,” Roman Polanski famously said. Choose a movie that’s unlikely to be screened at your local theatre back home, sit back and let it take you places.

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