Welcome to this year’s 7th edition of the Athens Avant-garde Film Festival, held as part of the Cinephilia in the New Age project, carried out within the framework of the 2007-2013 National Strategic Reference Framework’s Regional Operational Program of Attica, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and the European Regional Development Fund.
The Festival is hosting three major tributes. The first is to Roberto Rossellini, considered the founder of Neorealism. The second is to Harun Farocki, who will lead us along new paths, experimenting with archival material and footage from surveillance cameras. (Harun Farocki will present his films at the Greek Film Archive and will open his exhibition at the Athens School of Fine Arts.) The third tribute is to the films of Pedro Costa, a filmmaker who watches his heroes from up close, creating a handmade cinema which he will present to Athenian audiences. Younger filmmakers, especially from Europe but also from the restof the world, are featured in the Festival’s three new segments. The competition section, 2Νarrate or Νot, comprises 9 films from Europe and the Americas. The Film Fronts segment presents innovative films from countries including the Philippines and India. The Greek Cinema Now! segment welcomes Greek-born, Berlin-based Athanasios Karanikolas, who will be presenting his entire oeuvre, as well as acclaimed directors such as Nikos Grammatikos and newcomers such as Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes. Our Special Screenings include two films that were made following an invitation on the part of the Festival: Ken McMullen’s Oxi and Vouvoula Skoura’s Red Bank. Laura Mulvey will present a restored digital version of The Riddles of the Sphinx, and we will also be screening both cuts of Nikos Koundouros’s The River.
I would like to thank everyone who has made this alternative festival possible: the Secretary General of the Culture Ministry, Mrs. Lina Mendoni; the Film Archive’s Board of Directors; Authorwave which has sponsored the film award; my colleagues at the archive, Tassos Adamopoulos and Phaedra Papadopoulou, as well as all our co-workers hired by the NSRF. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Spyros Polemis and his wife, without whose support this Festival could not have taken place.
Director of the 7th Athens
Avant-garde Film Festival
Secretary General of
the Board of Directors,
Greek Film Archive