10th Athens Avant Garde Film Festival
Greek Film Archive [Tainiothiki Tis Ellados]
48, Iera Odos Str. & 134-136, Megalou Alexandrou Str., Gazi, 10435

10th Athens Avant Garde Film Festival

Film Festival

The Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival, the Greek Film Archive's favourite establishment has its birthday in November: it turns ten years old, and it will celebrate with many surprises.
The 10th AAGFF will take place from November 20 until December 5 2019, at the Greek Film Archive (theatres A,B) and ExileRoom, whilst some of its screenings will be hosted at the Institut Français; aspiring to bring to the foreground, that which is most fresh and groundbreaking in international, contemporary cinema.
At the 10th AAGFF you’ll watch:
➔ The tribute to the great Portuguese director, Manoel de Oliveira, in collaboration with the Film Archive of Portugal and the Embassy of Portugal in Greece
➔ The tribute to the innovative and provocative French director Marie Losier which will be presented by the director herself, who will be bringing her latest film “Felix in Wonderland” with her for a Greek Premiere
➔ The tribute to Eva Stefani, who will present a large portion of her work and give a masterclass
➔ The work of the experimental and influential artist Robert Beavers
➔ The tribute to the documentarist Florent Marcie
➔ The section “Sexual liberations and visual revolutions”
➔ One of the surprises of this year’s festival: prompted by the recent documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut (based on the book bearing the same name, that records a number of Alfred Hitchcock’s interviews to François Truffaut), 6 films of each director will be screened forming a quasi dialogue between the two.
The well-known sections of the AAGFF will continue, “International Competition”, “Restored and Beautiful” and “Some like it short” as well as new sections.
Learn more here: http://10aagff.tainiothiki.gr

Catalogue: http://bit.do/10AAGFF-Catalogue
Screening schedule: http://bit.do/10thAAGFF-Schedule
Tickets: http://bit.do/10thAAGFF-vivagr

20 November, 2019 to 5 December, 2019

The Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival, the Greek Film Archive's favourite establishment has its birthday in November: it turns ten years old, and it will celebrate with many surprises.
The 10th AAGFF will take place from November 20 until December 5 2019, at the Greek Film Archive (theatres A,B) and ExileRoom, whilst some of its screenings will be hosted at the Institut Français; aspiring to bring to the foreground, that which is most fresh and groundbreaking in international, contemporary cinema.
➔ This years, incredible rich, International Competition Section of the 10th AAGFF will include nine films pre-dominantly by young directors, who have experimented with new forms of narration; whilst frequently using techniques that combine fiction with documentary, in order to examine issues concerning identity; tensions within multi-cultural societies or the consequences of todays crisis in the youth — whilst often bringing to the fore, those who have been marginalised.
Narrative fiction films but also documentaries will be presented from France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iran, India, Algeria and Qatar — films that have arrived from great film festivals (from Cannes to Locarno), nearly all of which will have their Greek premieres — films attempting to break the barriers established by genres and categories. The festival’s mission, is to discover and charter the new grounds that have been broken by modern cinema of our age.
Directors Ronny Sen (Cat Sticks) and Ehsan Khoshbakht (Filmfarsi), as well as the lead actress of the film Love Me Tender, Barbara Giordano, will be in Athens to present their films.
International Competition Jury:
Haden Guest (American professor, director of the Harvard Film Archive), Vasilis K. Karamitsanis (director of the Anima Syros - International Animation Festival and chairman of the B of D of the National Opera of Greece), Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (distinguished greek director), Irena Bilic (french-serbian director and director of the festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe in Paris), Gaëlle Jones (french film producer).

The 10th Athens Avant Garde Film Festival has secured a series of exceptional tributes:

➔ To the great portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, in collaboration with the Portuguese Film Archive and the Embassy of Portugal in Greece. 12 short, mid-length and feature films will be screened, most of which will be presented in the their Greek or Athenian Premieres.
It is no coincidence that the beautiful, expressive face that dominate’s this years poster of the 10th AAGFF, is that of Oliveira’s muse, Leonor Silveira who stars in Vale Abraão (Abraham’s Valley).
Born in 1908, in Porto, by wealthy parents, Oliveira was initiated to cinema in 1927. He died in 2015, aged 106 with a remarkable cinematic career spanning 88-years. Keynote speaker for Oliveira will be José Manuel Costa (director of the Portuguese Film Archive), whilst for Oliveira’s early films the speaker will be Miguel Seabra Lopes, screenwriter of the film The Fever (A Febre) by Maya Da-Rin, that will be screened in the Athenian Premieres section of our Festival. In this same section, the recently Golden Leopard Awarded film by Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela, will be screened, among other films. This film will also be presented to the public by José Manuel Costa.
➔ To the distinguished Italian director Marco Bellocchio, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Culture: Atene. Marco Bellocchio is one of the most important and prolific directors of Italian Cinema. In the 10th AAGFF’s tribute, we will showcase his anti-conformist cinematic gaze, through 6 of his emblematic films. Throughout his career, Bellocchio was engaged in Italy’s political unrest, whilst his work never stopped listening to the source of evil in the face of fascism — political violence and the mafia.
➔ To the important Greek documentarian, Eva Stefani, who will showcase a significant portion of her body of work (15 films that where chosen in collaboration with the Director). Since the beginning of her career, Eva Stefani has devoted herself to Observational Cinema (Letters to Albatros, The Box etc), focusing her lens on those that society has made invisible (prisoners, the institutionalised, the homeless and sleepless, the unemployed and workless, the elderly), but later also excelled in a more poetic form of experimental documentary (Acropolis, Manuscript).
Eva Stefani will give a Masterclass on Monday 25/11 (15:30, Greek Film Archive — Theatre A)
➔ The important French documentarian Florent Marcie is also an official guest of the 10th AAGFF, for whom the festival has also prepared a separate section with 7 films. For 30 years now, Florent Marcie has been crossing war-fronts and battlefields around the world, and has recorded with his camera wars, uprisings, emancipations, but also the most glaring of deprivations of our time — at the crossroad of journalism, video-art, war photo-reportage and cinema; far from conventional journalism. Marcie shoots, edits and funds his own films, using new digital audio-visual technology in a radical method as his own answer to the propaganda of media. His axiom is “as long as we don’t see for ourselves, we can’t know what’s going out there”.
➔ We will also see the work of the pioneering and bold French film director Marie Losier, who will present the tribute on her work, that was recently hosted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), and will introduce her latest film Felix in Wonderland, on the well known musician Felix Kubin (electronic music). The film will be screened in its Greek premiere.
Marie Losier, filmmaker and curator, studied literature in France and Fine Arts in New York, where she worked for twenty-two years. Her films have been screened at the biggest festivals and museums, such as the Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, Tate Modern, MoMA and the Cinémathèque Française. In the age of digital cinema, Losier insists in using analogue film. She has filmed the cinematic portraits of many avant-garde artists (directors, musicians and composers) — unconventional portraits that examine the life and work of these artists; whom she persuades to re-enact scenes from their life.
Florent Marcie and Marie Losier will give seperate Masterlass’s — the former on Wednesday 27/11 (15.30, Greek Film Archive — Theatre B), and the later on Thursday 28/11 (19:00, Exile Room).
➔ One of the surprises of this years festival; on occasion of the recent American documentary is Hitchcock/Truffaut (based on the book of the same name that records a series of Alfred Hitchcock “marathon” interviews by the young François Truffaut, in 1962, when Hitchcock was wrapping up the editing of The Birds). A significant number of films by each director will be screened, creating a “conversation” between the two creators. We will see films from such as Psycho to Finally, Sunday! (Vivement, Dimanche!) and The Man Who Loved Women, but also Truffaut’s two favourite Hitchcock films: Spellbound and Notorious.
Amongst other films, the silent Hitchcock film The Tenant (1927) will be presented on Sunday 1/12 (17:00, Greek Film Archive — Theatre A). Minas I. Alexiadis will accompany the film with an original score and composition of his own.
➔ Our programme also includes the tribute “Libération sexuelles, révolutions visuelles” curated by Nicole Brenez and Stéphane Gérard, with provocatively interesting films that explore various expressions of sexuality — films which according to the curator: “with their courage, energy and beauty provoked in their time, and then later contributed to our own liberation”, as well as one more tribute to the ....
➔ American Experimental cinema: selections from the work (short and feature) of the avant-garde filmmaker and influential artist, Robert Beavers — a close collaborator of Gregory Markopoulos, will be presented. Robert Beavers will also present the work of his partner: the German film director and professor Ute Aurand.
In the same tribute, the work of the important artist of the American avant-garde, the animator Suzan Pitt will be presented, who only recently left us — curated by the director of the Harvard Film Archive, professor and President of the International Competition Jury of our Festival, Haden Guest.
Robert Beavers will give a Masterclass on Tuesday 26/11 (16:00, Greek Film Archive — Theatre A).
Greek cinema will be represented by two tributes that will include landmark films in its history:
➔ The Modern as an Experiment, curated by Maria Komninos, observes the influences in the 1930’s up to the delayed emergence of modernity in Greek cinema, (The Ogre of Athens) as well as the emergence of Greek experimental and visual-art cinema (K. Sfikas, Th. Rentzis, A. Angelidi).
➔ There’s something about the family, curated by Dimitris Papanikolaou, includes films by Cacoyannis and Angelopoulos, Lanthimos, Economides and Koutras, as well as a recent series of short films, dealing with the issues of the Greek family. As Maria Komninos notes, “The exploration of family secrets that sharpened the modernist sentiment of Angelopoulos and Cacoyannis, has lead to the emergence of a new weird wave, that will refresh contemporary greek cinema”.
A great opportunity for us to re-watch films which wrote history, on the big screen: from Reconstruction, to Matchbox and from The Fear to Dogtooth and Strella. This tribute has been designed as a cinematic reference to Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou’s book: There’s something about the Family: Nation, Desire and Relationship (Patakis 2018), where all these films are analysed.
On Thursday 21/11, at 21:15, after the screening of the film A Matter of Dignity by Michael Cacoyannis (19:00, Greek Film Archive — Theatre B), a discussion will follow with Dimitris Papanikolaou; the director of the AAGFF Maria Komninos; the author Maria Efstathiadou and the academic Ioulia Mermiga.
➔ For the first time we will have a Student Film Festival section, with official guests students of the university of Karlsruhe, and their professor João Tabarra — who will present their own films to the audience of the 10th AAGFF. Meanwhile, students of the Department of Communication & Media Studies from the UoA, and of the Film Department from the AUTh, will present their own work. We will also have selections from the Hellenic Parliament's TV Station, broadcast “Sudentwitters (Fititivismata)”. Entrance to Exile Room will be free of charge.
➔ Simultaneously, we will once again have the popular and well regarded section of the AAGFF “Some Like It Short” (with greek and foreign selections, most of which will be premieres). As Nina Veligradi its curator notes: “it is a place for independent filmmakers who chose to express their thoughts in a more comprehensive way… Creations from all over the world, settings from Skopje to London’s Trafalgar Square, and from the Louvre to a backyard pool. Fiction, video essays, architecture and poetry come together to form one of the festival's densest sections”.
➔ Lastly, the favourite section of the AAGFF “Restored and Beautiful”, could not be missing. This year it includes the opening film, L’age d’Or by Luis Buñuel; the closing film Miracle in Milan by Vittorio De Sica and the iconic films The Circus by Charles Chaplin and Easy Rider by Dennis Hopper.
➔ A Masterclass will also be given by professor João Tabarra (Friday 22/11, 19:00, Εxile Room), whilst on Thrusday 28/11 (Greek Film Archive — Theatre A, 16:00) a discussion will be held with the producer and member of the jury Gaëlle Jones on issues concerning production and co-production.
Lastly, the director Menelaos Karamaghiolis will give a presentation titled “From Jace to the Afro-Greeks” (Tuesday 3/12, 16:00, Greek Film Archive, Theatre Α).

At the Greek Film Archive’s box office and viva.gr:

General Entry: 5 euro.
Card for 5 screenings: 20 euro
Card for 10 screenings: 35 euro
Card for 20 screenings: 65 euro
Special card for 10 screenings (Amea care, unemployed, students, teachers, exemptions and people over the age of 65): 25 euro
Notice: Card availability is limited. They will be available from October 29 until they are sold out.
➔ Entry for all screenings at Exile Room, as well as the screening that will take place at the Institut Français, (Tomorrow Tripoli, by Florent Marcie, on Tuesday 26/11, 8pm) are free.

Greek Film Archive
Iera Odos 48 & Megalou Alexandrou, metro Keramikos, tel. 210 3612046
Exile Room
Athinas 12, 3rd floor, metro Monastiraki, tel.210 3223395

Learn more here: http://10aagff.tainiothiki.gr

Catalogue: http://bit.do/10AAGFF-Catalogue
Screening schedule: http://bit.do/10thAAGFF-Schedule
Tickets: http://bit.do/10thAAGFF-vivagr

Greek Film Archive, Exile Room, Institut Français
Greek, English
16 days
12:00 - 24:00
Individual tickets: 5€ general admission [Multiple screenings cards are available at Greek Film Archive's box office]
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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