Wondering what's going to be hot next film season? Curious about the freshest award-winning films? Eager to discover rising stars in the independent film scene? Join the Athenian cinephile crowds and find all this out at the 29th Athens International Film Festival - AIFF (Premiere Nights). Although the full schedule is yet to be announced, we are already looking forward to two award-winning documentaries: 20 Days in Mariupol, a riveting anti-war film, and On the Adamant (Sur l'Adamant), the documentary about the lives of patients and their caregivers living at a psychiatric centre floating on the Seine river in Paris, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. This year’s Un Certain Regard section winner of the Cannes Film Festival, How to Have Sex (partly filmed in Crete) is also highly anticipated. The festival spreads across the city, with cinemas and venues like the Piraeus Municipal Theatre and the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron). Stay tuned for the complete schedule and ticket info — there's much more to come.
Update: The complete programme of the festival has been announced and holds major surprises. Viewers will get the chance to catch a screening of Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese’s latest saga, a truly special occasion, as AIFF is one of just three international film festivals to have secured this premiere. Closing the festival is The Boy and the Heron by master of animation Hayao Miyazaki who announced his retirement from the industry five years ago but, luckily, didn’t keep his promise. Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers is generating major buzz and is expected to be a moving masterpiece. AIFF is also paying tribute to Disney’s 100-year anniversary with special screenings of childhood favourites. The tribute to the iconic Scala Cinema in London, 14 Wild Nights at Scala Cinema, reintroduces us to the legacy of this former queer cinephile hub turned club and live venue.
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