23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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  • Music & Film - In Competition

    One of the most popular sections of the festival took on the Competition aspect and leads the audience into various musical genres, introduces artists and new musical trends, pays tribute to unforgettable or little­known parts of musical history. This section features the best documentaries of the year, the best of which is awarded the big prize by an international jury of artists and journalists who work in the music and film industry.

  • Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

    There's music legends and then there's John Coltrane: a revolutionary saxophonist and jazz composer but also a simple man with weaknesses and inner demons. More than a prized biography, Scheinfeld's documentary acts as a portrait of an artist who through his music and life choices tried to build an invisible stairway to God.

  • Chavela

    Singer, fighter, symbol. Chavela Vargas defied conventions defining her own artistic status and sexual identity. A muse to Pedro Almodovar, Frida Kahlo's lover, and the voice full of anguish in the songs “Luz de Luna” and “Piensa en Mi”, Vargas and her unconventional life finally get the film portrayal they deserve. Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Audience Award.

  • Lost in France

    Mogwai, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap, Delgados and the rest of the elite of the Scottish independent music scene of the 90s, who emerged courtesy of the cult label Chemikal Underground, repeat the insane road trip they went on 18 years earlier from Glasgow all the way to Mauron in France for a single concert that made them famous. Director Niall McCann and Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite in attendance

  • Promised Land

    Everyone knows Elvis, but how many know about the impressive Rolls Royce he bought in '63? The award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, takes the Rock'n'Roll King's legendary car on a transcendental musical road trip, crossing US states and decades in a gratifying tale about the past and present of America through the rise and fall of the pre-eminent idol.

  • Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream

    From 60s Berlin to the vast universe, the distance seemed inconceivable until three pioneers of electronic music tried to bridge the gap, and in so doing, defined the sound of the future. This is the story of Tangerine Dream, one of the most rebellious groups and worthy rivals of Pink Floyd, as narrated by the legendary leader of the group Edgar Froese and a wide range of guests from old members to Jean Michel Jarre and Michael Mann. Director in attendance

  • Score: A Film Music Documentary

    Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Alexandre Desplat, Trent Reznor and many more make an appearance on screen to reveal all the magic ingredients that go into making an irresistible soundtrack. The first documentary to be made exclusively about film scores, is a pilgrim's journey through the hall of fame of unforgettable compositions which helped form some of our most legendary film moments.

  • Walking in the Opposite Direction

    He gave the post punk generation one of the most timeless songs with “I can't Escape Myself”, while at the same time having to confront his most violent inner demons. This is the story of The Sound and their gifted leader Adrian Borland; yet another name on the long list of cursed rock'n'roll idols. Director in attendance

  • Where Υou're Μeant to Βe

    Aidan Moffat, singer of Arab Strap, travels through the Scottish countryside covering traditional songs of his homeland until the legendary folk singer, Sheila Stewart, tries to stop him, citing a need to defend their cultural heritage. And so starts a magical and often hilarious, yet deeply touching, musical road movie which is often intercut by stories of simple people and the joy and sadness in their lives, a great source of inspiration for the musicians' lyrics. Director in attendance