Athens International Film Festival

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS 27th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

GREAT FREEDOM | 23/09, 21:45, DANAOS & 24/09, 19:30, AEGLI

SEBASTIAN MEISE

Sebastian Meise, born in in 1976, first studied painting and philosophy, later directing at the Vienna Film Academy. During his studies, he produced several short films and documentaries together with Thomas Reider. His first feature-length documentary “Outing” (2012) is closely linked to his multi-award-winning film debut Stillleben (Still Life - 2011). His second feature film, “Grosse Freiheit” (Great Freedom) was awarded in international film festivals such as, but not limited to, Cannes and Sarajevo. Sebastian Meise lives and works in Vienna.

LUZZU | 24/09, 19:45, TRIANON & 25/09, 22:00, STELLA

ALEX CAMILLERI

Alex Camilleri is a Maltese-American filmmaker. He is an alum of both the Sundance and Film Independent labs and has just finished his feature-length directorial debut, Luzzu — a neorealist drama offering a rare look at Malta’s fishing industry and starring non-actors in the lead roles. Luzzu won national funding in Malta, was selected for the 2019 Les Arcs Works-In-Progress screening, and has been acquired by renowned sales company Memento Films International for release in 2021. As a film editor, his work has screened at major festivals; credits include Keep the Change (Best Film & Best Director, Tribeca 2017) and Blood Kin (Venice 2018, Sconfini), and as an Associate Editor on HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. He is currently preparing his sophomore feature, also to be set in Malta.

JESMARK SCICLUNA

Jesmark Scicluna is a fisherman from the island of Malta. He was discovered for the lead role in Luzzu, appearing in his first-ever acting role as the character “Jesmark.” The film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where Scicluna received glowing reviews for his performance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting. Scicluna is still a full-time fisherman and enjoys life with his wife and four-year-old daughter.

ZERO FUCKS GIVEN | 25/09, 19:30, DANAOS & 27/09, 19:45, AEGLI

EMMANUEL MARRE & JULIE LECOUSTRE

Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre live and work between Paris and Brussels. In 2017, Emmanuel Marre directed Le film de l'été (The Summer movie - Jean Vigo prize, grand prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival). In 2018, Julie Lecoustre joined him to write, think and make D'un château l'autre (Castle to castle- Pardino d'oro in Locarno). In 2020, they continue their collaboration by co-directing Rien à foutre.

 

BEEN THERE – SHORT THAT: SHORT FILMS – LONG JOURNEYS | WORKSHOP

WOUTER JANSEN

Wouter was the head of programming at Go Short - International Film Festival for 10 years. In 2013 he started sales and festival distribution company Some Shorts, which changed to Square Eyes in 2019: with it, he represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, collaborating closely with the filmmakers. This has resulted in a small catalogue of films premiering and winning awards at festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. Wouter has been giving lectures at Le Fresnoy, HEAD Geneva and Netherlands Film Academy as well as moderating and leading workshops at festivals like IDFA, Locarno, True/False, Winterthur and others.

DISCLOSURE | 29/09, 21:15, DANAOS

SAM FEDER

Sam Feder is a Peabody Award nominated film director. Cited by Indiewire as one of the “exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood”, Sam’s films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender. Sam’s filmmaking practice models inclusion and equity in the industry. Sam’s films have been programmed by Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, CPH:DOX, MOMA PS-1, The British Film Institute, The Hammer Museum, and in hundreds of film festivals around the world. The Netflix Original Documentary, DISCLOSURE (Sundance, 2020) is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER (2014), a portrait of trans icon Kate Bornstein, was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and multiple best feature film awards. Sam’s work has been supported by Ford/JustFilms, Fork Films, California Humanities, The Jerome Foundation, Perspective Fund, Threshold, IFP Film Week, Good Pitch USA/Doc Society, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo artist residency.

AMY SCHOLDER

Amy Scholder is the producer of DISCLOSURE (Net flix), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. She is a leader in independent publishing and LGBT activism, and has been managing imprints in the nonprofit and independent publishing worlds for over two decades. She is an editor-at-large for City Lights Books, and consulting producer of Pratibha Parmar’s forthcoming film My Name is Andrea.

AZOR | 30/09, 19:00, INTEAL & 01/10, 19:30, FLERY

ΑNDREAS FONTANA

After studying comparative literature in Geneva, Andreas Fontana moved to Buenos Aires to work as a translator and interpreter. Back in Switzerland in 2008, he pursued a master's degree in film direction. His first short film COTONOV VANISHED was awarded at Visions du Réel. PEDRO M, 1981 was nominated for the Swiss Film Prize. AZOR, his first feature film, was presented at the 71st Berlinale in the Encounters section.

CONTRIBUTORS 27th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEEN THERE – SHORT THAT: SHORT FILMS – LONG JOURNEYS | WORKSHOP

Wouter Jansen

Wouter was the head of programming at Go Short - International Film Festival for 10 years. In 2013 he started sales and festival distribution company Some Shorts, which changed to Square Eyes in 2019: with it, he represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, collaborating closely with the filmmakers. This has resulted in a small catalogue of films premiering and winning awards at festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. Wouter has been giving lectures at Le Fresnoy, HEAD Geneva and Netherlands Film Academy as well as moderating and leading workshops at festivals like IDFA, Locarno, True/False, Winterthur and others.

Fani Skartouli, Producer

Fani studied law and worked as a lawyer with international law firms in Brussels, Paris and Athens. She joined the field of film production in 2016. Her short film productions “Postcards from the End of the World” and “Mom’s Movie” have been selected and awarded in numerous international film festivals. She is a Berlinale Talents alumna and an EAVE Producers Network and European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) member.

Konstantinos Antonopoulos, director

Konstantinos Antonopoulos studied computer science at the Athens University of Economics and Business, and film at Columbia University of New York. His latest short Postcards from the End of the World (2019) received several awards at festivals worldwide. He is a Berlinale Talents, Less Is More and First Films First, Oxbelly, European Short Pitch and SNF-Artworks alumnus.

WEBINAR IN COLLABORATION WITH THE METROPOLITAN COLLEGE

Thanos Papadellis, Film Composer, BA (Hons) Professor of Music Production & Technology
 
Thanos Papadellis is a composer - arranger - and sound engineer specialized in music in film. He has over 18 years of teaching experience and has worked with multiple institutions, such as IEK Akmi, Mousiki Spoudi, Vocalis, and more. He has composed music and performed sound design for films (short and feature films), television commercials, an animated series, documentaries, theatre, shows and performances at the Eugenides Foundation. He has released a cd of his personal work titled “Images of blue memories” and is in the process of recording another. He has also been awarded in festivals and composition contests.

Giannis Baskozos, Programme Leader for ΜΑ Creative Writing, author, director of “O Anagnostis” magazine

Giannis Baskozos was born in Athens in 1952. He studied Maths at the University of Athens and concerned himself with cultural theory. He concluded his PhD at the Department of Humanitarian Studies of the University of Athens. He then worked as a journalist at the “Express” newspaper, “Oikonomikos Tahidromos”, “Vima” and more. He was the director of the bibliographic magazine “Diavazo” from 2006 up until the magazine’s termination in 2012 and was editor in chief at the anglophone magazine “Hellenic Quarterly”. In 2013 he founded and still runs the book dedicated magazine “O Anagnostis”. He has published the following short stories: “MEZ”, “Who still listens to jazz?” and “Mets Stories”.

Christos Kithreotis, MA Creative Writing Professor, Writer (State Literary Award)

Christos Kithreotis was born in 1979 in Nicosia and grew up in Athens, where he studied law, lives and works till this day. He was awarded first prize at the short story competition of Pataki Editions for new writers (2007), as well as the corresponding British Council competition (2009). His short stories have been published in collective tomes and literary magazines such as “(de)kata”, “Entefktirio” and “The Books Journal”. His reviews have been hosted by the “Efimerida ton Syntakton” and “The Books Journal”. His first book, a collection of short stories titled “Mia hara”, was published by Pataki Editions, for which he received the State Award for Best Newcomer Author in 2015 (ex aequo with Maria Fili). His second novel “Ekei pou zoume” (Pataki Editions) has been widely praised. He works as a curator in one of the largest publishers in Greece.

Sotiris Goritsas, Film Director

Sotiris Goritsas was born in Athens in 1955. He studied Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business and conducted his film studies in London. He has directed multiple documentaries for ET-1, specifically for the shows “ΕRT in Northern Greece” and “Periscope”. He has also directed the feature films “Ap’ to Hioni” (1993), “Valkanizater” (1997), “Brazilero” (2001), “Parees” (2007) and “Ap’ ta kokkala vgalmena” (2011).

OPEN DISCUSSION “TRANS VISIBILITY IN CINEMA AND THE MAINSTREAM NARRATIVE VS REAL LIFE”

Paola Revenioti, director and activist

Paola Revenioti is a trans woman, published poet and pioneer of the greek LGBT movement. She was born in 1958 in Pireaus and grew up in Keratsini. She entered the Hellenic Navy School at the age of 13, from where she was booted out 3 years later. She moved to Athens, where she started fighting for the social and civil rights of LGBT persons, initially participating in the Greek Homosexual Liberation Movement (AKOE). She organized one of the first greek Gay Pride events at the Strefi hill of Athens in 1992. She has filmed a series of mostly activist documentaries since 2011 in collaboration with various up and coming filmmakers, a team called “ThePaolaProject” and “ThePaolaTeam”. 

Elena Olga Christidi, psychologist and scientific guide for the ORLANDO Mental Health Center

Elena Olga Christidi is a psychologist, therapist and educator for adults. She studied Psychology at the Panteion University and completed her masters in International Medicine and Health Crisis Management at the University of Athens. She specializes in trauma, mental health services, minority identities and gender based violence. She is clearly focused on matters of LGBTQ+, kink/bdsm and non binary identities and experiences, as well as support for trans teenagers and young adults and their family environments. She co-teaches courses on LGBTQ+ identities and mental and social support services at the Psychology Department of the Panteion University and at the Social Work Department at the University of West Attica. 

Anna Kouroupou, director of Red Umbrella Athens

Anna Kouroupou is a trans woman activist who mainly takes action in the area of the sex industry. She runs the Red Umbrella organisation, founded in 2015, that aims to safeguard the civil and social rights of those occupied in the sex industry and provide support for them, as well as inform the rest of the public all over Greece to these subjects.

Erofili Kokkali, sexual health consultant, writer and actor

Erofili Kokkali has participated in multiple events of support services for trans and queer persons in Greece (“Positive Voive”, “Red Umbrella”) and actively takes action in safeguarding the civil and social rights of said persons. Her projects include “The stories of Lola Karabola”, in collaboration with TedX and the performance “Shut up and kiss me”, directed by Pemy Zouni. Moreover, she is the first trans person in Greece to have appeared and starred in a commercial, specifically for the brand “Dove”.

SPEAKERS AT THE SCREENINGS OF THE 27th AIFF “OPENING NIGHTS”

TANGERINE | 23/09, 22:00, TRIANON

Anna Kouroupou, director of Red Umbrella Athens

Anna Kouroupou is a trans woman activist who mainly takes action in the area of the sex industry. She runs the Red Umbrella organisation, founded in 2015, that aims to safeguard the civil and social rights of those occupied in the sex industry and provide support for them, as well as inform the rest of the public all over Greece to these subjects.

POSSESSION | 23/09, 22:15, AIGLI

Akis Kapranos, film critic and musician

Akis Kapranos has spent more than half his years watching films. This is quite a safe assumption to make when you enter his house and base of operations in Kastella. He is a film critic at the “Ta Nea” newspaper, teaches at the Stavrakos Hellenic Cinema and Television School and was the producer for the longest lasting radio broadcast on Cinema (22 years, Radiofoniki Othoni at the Municipal Radio of Pireaus) and a musician (he has composed the soundtrack for the films “Soul Kicking” by Giannis Oikonimidis and “Forget me not” by Giannis Fagras).

COW | 23/09, 19:30, STELLA

Panos Haloftis, co-founder of Vegan Life Festival

Panos Haloftis began his journey in the vegan lifestyle in 2008. Ever since, he dedicates much of his time to matters of non-human rights. He has represented Vegan Life Festival and vegan philosophy as a speaker and guest in multiple media. Moreover, he volunteers in actions for human rights and safeguarding the environment. In addition to his activist action, he has been a partner in the business consultation company Excellence & Lean Management Consultants since 2009.

LUIS BUNUEL: A SURREALIST FILMMAKER | 23/09, 19:45, RIVIERA

Konstantinos Tzoumas, actor, writer and radio producer

Konstantinos Tzoumas was born in Pireaus in 1944 and grew up in Pasalimani and Athens. He studied acting in Athens and dance in New York. In cinema, he has appeared in films such as “Glykia Symmoria”, “Ta kourelia tragoudane akoma…”, “Oi apenanti”, “Rembetiko”. In theatre, he starred in plays such as “Waiting for Godot”, “My friend Lefterakis”, “I don’t…” and “C.P. Cavafy, an Autobiography”. He has appeared as a guest performer in several television shows and, for the past few years, conducts a daily broadcast at the radio station “En Lefko”.

OTHELLO | 23/09, 22:00, RIVIERA

Dimitris Karatzas, actor and director

Dimitris Karatzas was born in Serres in 1973. He studied Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising in Thessaloniki while taking courses in the theatre workshop Parathlasis. He completed his studies in the G. Theodosiadis Drama School of Athens (1998) and took writing courses at the Mikro Polytechneio with Stathis Valoukos. Since 2000 he works as an actor in theatre, cinema and television and, for the past few years, as a director in theatre, while having made his first writing attempts. Since 2012 he co-owns and curates the Vault Theatre at Votanikos. He has directed the following plays: “Little Murder Stories”, “Pnigmoni”, “My mother never dies”, “Bent”, “Elizabeth”. He has appeared as an actor in works such as “Much Ado About Nothing”, “The Frogs” (theatre), Rocco vs Cleopatra (cinema), “Ethniki Ellados”, “Matomena Homata” (television). 

SUMMER OF SOUL | 24/09, 20:00, IDEAL

George Polychroniou, music producer and anchorman

George Polychroniou is a greek anchorman, radio producer, dj, journalist and record collector. He was born in 1953. In 1964-65 he started, along with his cousin, Stelios Polychroniou, an illegal amateur radio station named “G.S. Poly”. He is considered a fine connoisseur of musical subjects, keeping track with international album releases and constantly growing his collection, mostly with non greek repertoire. According to his own estimates, his collection contains about 80.000 vinyl records and 40.000 cds.

THE TRIAL | 24/09, 22:30, TRIANON - 28/09, 22:00, RIVIERA

Tina Mandilara, journalist

Tina Mandilara was born and raised in Athens. She graduated from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and possesses a masters degree from the University of Essex (ΜΑ in Aesthetics) and the London School of Economics (MSc in Political Theory). She has translated and edited books and texts of renowned philosophers and scientists, such as, but not limited to Gilles Deleuze, Eric Hobsbawm, Patrick Champagne and Edgar Morin. She lives in Athens and works as a translator and journalist.

MACBETH | 26/09, 18:30, IDEAL

Michail Marmarinos, art director of the European Capital of Culture ELEFSIS 2021

Michail Marmarinos was born in Athens and studied biology, acting and theatre. He is a director, dramaturge and actor. As a director he has presented his work all over Greece and abroad. He has taught theatre at the University of Patras, the University of Peloponnese and since 2006 he teaches at the Theatre Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki. Since winter 2005 he is the chairman of the board at the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO (Greek department) and is currently the art director of the European Capital of Culture ELEFSIS 2021.

LOTTE EISNER - A PLACE, NOWHERE | 26/09, 21:15, TRIANON

Timon Koulmasis, director

Timon Koulmasis was born in Germany. He studied History and Philosophy in Germany and France. He lives and works as a film director, writer and producer in Paris and Athens. His films, fiction and documentary, have been selected at the festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Montreal. He won different awards.

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT | 26/09, 22:15, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

Alexandros Papageorgiou, journalist

Alexandros Papageorgiou is a column writer at the “Luben” and “Nerdcult” websites on the subjects of film, television and mass culture. At the same time, his pieces are regularly featured in the Yusra magazine and the Assodyo website.

MR. ARKADIN | 27/09, 20:00, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

Tasos Melemenidis, film programmer for CINOBO

Tasos Melemenidis was born and raised in Eleftheroupoli of Kavala. He studied IT at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, however he found his true calling in cinema, for which he started writing in 2006. For several years, he wrote reviews, specials and on film happenings at Lifo and Cinemagazine, Thessaloniki Film Festival editions and collaborated with the Athens International Film Festival “Opening Nights”. At the moment, he works as a film programmer for the greek streaming platform CINOBO.

TRUMAN &TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION | 28/09, 20:00, RIVIERA

Antonis Galeos, dramaturge and translator

Antonis Galeos graduated from the English Language and Literature of the University of Athens and received his masters degree at the Claremont Graduate School and the University of East Anglia. He also studied acting at Pomona College. Since 1999 he has translated dozens of plays for theatre such as, but not limited to, “Sweet bird of youth”, by Tennessee Williams, “Midnight Summer Dream” by William Shakespeare, “Splendour” by Abi Morgan. In 2003-2004 he was head of archeological and literary research at the Klepsydra department of the Olympic Games opening ceremony, as well as the parade director for the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games. He worked as a dramaturge at “The Malady of Death” by Marguerite Duras, “The Dead Man” by Georges Bataille, and more.

INVISIBLE DEMONS | 28/09, 20:00, STELLA 

Ipatia Dousi-Anagnostopoulou, founder of the organisation Mission ANTHROPOS

Ipatia Dousi-Anagnostopoulou, is a substitute professor at the Medical School of the University of Athens and founder of the non profit organisation Mission ANTHROPOS. From 1994 till 1998 she worked at the Division de Pathologie Clinique, Centre Medical Universitaire (CMU) of the Hopital Cantonal Universitaire in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1999 she was elected Lecturer of Histology-Embryology of the Medical School of the University of Athens, was promoted to Assistant professor in 2004 and has been a Substitute Professor since 2009. In 2010, following a trip to Ethiopia, she founded the non profit organisation Mission ANTHROPOS, of which she is a legal representative and action coordinator.

LUIS BUNUEL: A SURREALIST FILMMAKER | 30/09, 22:15, CINE FLERY

Angela Brouskou, director

Angela Brouskou was born in Athens. She graduated from the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun. As an actress and performer, she worked with the Art Theatre, Michail Marmarinos, the National Theatre and Giannis Houvardas. In 1993, she co-founded, along with Parthenopi Bouzouri the Theatre Domatiou, as well as the homonym acting school, in which she has presented in her own direction plays such as Moliere’s “Misanthrope”, Jean Genet’s “The Maids”, Euripides’ “Medea” and Sophocles’ “Electra”.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND | 01/10, 20:00, IDEAL

Markos Fragkos, music critic

Markos Fragkos is a cultural journalist, music critic and Creative Manager in a copyright management company. He has graduated from the Athens University of Economics and Business and he also graduated from a certified training program for smaller and medium-sized companies. He served as a director for Pop and Rock and Sonik magazines, columnist for several newspapers and magazines (Epsilon, Ependytis, Vogue etc). For ten years he has also served as an initiator for creative writing seminars, critic theory and contemporary music theory in workshops such as: Mikro Polytechnio, Tehnis Vimata, Music Society among others. He leads and teaches Publishing and Creative Writing courses in the Music Business Diploma of SAE Athens.



    Publication date: 2021-09-21 15:55:06