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The Athens Panorama of European Cinema readies its next edition

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- Celebrating its 28th iteration, the city’s oldest film festival will welcome Bertrand Tavernier as its guest of honour

The Athens Panorama of European Cinema readies its next edition
Blood of My Blood by Marco Bellocchio

Over 50 films will be presented at this year’s Athens Panorama of European Cinema, the city’s oldest festival, which will be celebrating its 28th edition with a selective retrospective on Bertrand Tavernier. The acclaimed French director will be attending the gathering as its main guest of honour and will be on hand to present his films, offer a master class and receive the event’s honorary award, adding his name to a list of recipients including such masters as Michelangelo Antonioni, Terry Gilliam, Ken Loach, Costa-Gavras and Max von Sydow.

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Bookending a programme featuring prime selections from this year’s European film production, as well as festival favourites from around the world and a strong line-up of local titles, Marco Bellocchio's Venice contender Blood of My Blood [+see also:
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]
, featuring Alba Rohrwacher, will be opening the gathering on 25 November, while John Crowley’s Oscar hopeful Brooklyn [+see also:
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, scripted by Nick Hornby and starring Saoirse Ronan, will be screened at the closing gala on 2 December. 

Eleven titles will be vying for the various awards in the International Competition section, where Corneliu Porumboiu’s Un Certain Regard-screened The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
film profile
]
and Visar Morina’s Karlovy Vary-awarded Babai [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
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]
will go head to head with local contenders Dimitris Athanitis' Dardenne-like drama Invisible [+see also:
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 and Kyros Papavassiliou’s strong debut, Impressions of a Drowned Man [+see also:
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]
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In addition, celebrating its 40 years of active presence, the Greek Film Critics’ Association (GFCA) will be making its very own intervention by presenting eight European favourites curated by GFCA members, while a work-in-progress screening of local veteran Vassilis Vafeas’ new feature, Risalto, will lead audiences into a selective spotlight on the director’s movies, along with those of some of his fellow Greek-Egyptian filmmakers. The gathering will also present comprehensive retrospectives on Orson Welles and John Cassavetes.

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