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Athens prepares for the 27th Panorama of European Cinema

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- John Boorman’s Queen and Country and Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall will bookend the city’s oldest film gathering

Athens prepares for the 27th Panorama of European Cinema
Queen and Country by John Boorman

The Cannes-screened Queen and Country [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: John Boorman
film profile
]
and competition entry Jimmy’s Hall [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Ken Loach
film profile
]
will bookend this year’s Panorama of European Cinema in Athens (16-26 October), which will be celebrating its 27th time presenting the year’s crème de la crème of European films along with an eclectic mix of highlights from the Old Continent’s cinematic past.

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Apart from serving as the opening-night film, John Boorman’s sequel to his 1987 Oscar contender Hope and Glory will also be taking part in the festival’s competition section, rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Ovashvili’s Karlovy Vary winner, Corn Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile
]
; Asia Argento’s Un Certain Regard contender, The Misunderstood [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; and Larry Clark’s Venice entry, The Smell of Us [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pierre-Paul Puljiz
film profile
]
. The competition films will be vying for awards handed out by both a FIPRESCI and an audience jury.

Regular Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty will be visiting Athens to attend the event’s closing-night gala screening of Jimmy’s Hall, where he will be honoured for his life’s work, as well as to present a master class during the festival and a special screening of Loach’s Palme D’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
film profile
]
.

Fellow guest of honour Elia Suleiman will also be presenting a master class to festivalgoers, while the event will this year be shining a spotlight on the work of Pierre Etaix via a handpicked selection from the great Frenchman’s back catalogue.

The World War I centennial will be marked by a slew of titles ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory to Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
. On the other hand, the programmers will also be showcasing the Greek Anticonformists selection, featuring films by directors like Nikos Nikolaidis and Costas Ferris that were made around, and during, the 1967-1974 period under the military junta.

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