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European cinema in the shadow of the Parthenon

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European cinema in the shadow of the Parthenon

The Athens International Film Festival opened yesterday evening with Persepolis [+see also:
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, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s animated black and white Cannes award-winner (Focus), and through September 30 will bring the best of international cinema to the Greek capital.

Divided into six sections – not counting the retrospectives (Max Ophüls, on the 50th anniversary of his death, and India’s Buddhadeb Dasgupta), tributes and special events – the festival is celebrating its 13th edition with a programme highly attentive to European cinema.

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The Competition, juried by film students from throughout Europe, features a number of films by women: from 27 year-old Céline Sciamma’s Un Certain Regard title Water Lilies [+see also:
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, a delicate look at adolescent desire, to the directorial debut of Dutch actress Tamar van den Dop, Blind [+see also:
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, a Dutch/Belgian/Bulgarian co-production.

In “Music and Films”, dedicated to the relationship between the seven nights and the seventh art, Athens is beating Rome to the punch with Sigur Ròs – Heima, the Icelandic documentary (directed by Canada’s Dean DeBlois) announced in the Italian festival’s Extra section.

However, Europe features above all in the non-competitive Panorama section with: In Memory of Myself [+see also:
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by Saverio Costanzo (at this year’s Berlinale); Irish films Once by John Carney and Lenny Abrahmson’s Garage [+see also:
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; French titles Before I Forget [+see also:
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by Jacques Nolot and Boxes [+see also:
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by Jane Birkin, which share common autobiographical and emotional elements; and Swedish director Roy Andersson’s You, the Living [+see also:
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(which he brings to Athens “only” seven years after his preceding film, a record for this not very prolific filmmaker).

European titles in other sections include Milky Way by Hungarian talent Benedek Fliegauf, the disturbing Inside [+see also:
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by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury and David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe [+see also:
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Other events include restored classics, guilty pleasures (in the Grindhouse section devoted to the most extreme genre films) and shorts. The festival will close with Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There.

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(Translated from Italian)

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