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The Athens International Film Festival raises its 21st curtain

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- Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan bookend a programme of over 300 titles, 12 of them competing for the Golden Athena

The Athens International Film Festival raises its 21st curtain
Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

This year celebrating its 21st edition, the Athens International Film Festival raises its curtains today, 23 September, presenting a programme of over 200 features and 100 shorts. The Cannes-awarded films Youth [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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by Paolo Sorrentino and Dheepan [+see also:
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
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by Jacques Audiard will bookend the gathering, which will also feature local premieres of such films as Andrew Haigh’s Berlinale-awarded 45 Years [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrew Haigh
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, Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America and Gaspar Noé’s Love [+see also:
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In its two competitive sections, 12 films will vie for the International Competition’s Golden Athena Award, while eight titles will compete in the Music and Film speciality programme. Moreover, 12 local titles will be screened during the festival, which will also hand out the Best Newcomer Awards for Greek debuts screened in the past 12 months.

The Karlovy Vary-featured Symptom, which is Angelos Frantzis’ follow-up to festival darling In the Woods [+see also:
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, will have its world premiere during the event, while newcomers Dimitris Tzetzas and Pantelis Kalatzis will take a stab at the political-thriller genre, mixing current affairs and cinematic suspense in their feature debuts The Republic and Marionettes, respectively.

Critics’ Week titles Dégradé [+see also:
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by Arab and Tarzan Abunasser (Palestine/France/Qatar) and Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant (Canada) will go head to head with Sundance favourites Songs My Brothers Taught Me by Chloé Zhao (USA) and Alanté Kavaïté’s The Summer of Sangaile [+see also:
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interview: Alanté Kavaïté
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(Lithuania/France/the Netherlands) in the International Competition. In addition, the festival’s programme will also feature selective panoramas on Nicolas Roeg, Sean Baker, Eytan Fox and Shirley Clarke.

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