"The Sentimentalists": AIFF welcomes you to an entirely accessible screening

“The Sentimentalists”: The Athens International Film Festival joins forces with the Movement of Artists with Disabilities and welcomes you to an entirely accessible screening

The 22nd Athens International Film Festival is once again joining forces with the Movement of Artists with Disabilities in order to organize an entirely accessible film screening for a second year in a row.
The award-winning film “The Sentimentalists” by Nikos Triantafyllidis will be screened with audio description for the visually impaired (AD) and subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) on Sunday 2nd at 18:00 at the GREEK FILM ARCHIVE.

“The ‘sentimentalists’ are creatures from the previous century, trying to survive in our times in vain”, according to the late Nikos Triantafyllidis. The film, which had its world premiere at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival, is a nostalgic neo-noir story, with its soundtrack paying tribute to an originally cult cinema.

In the film, a bourgeois middle-aged man above all suspicion, nicknamed the “Master” (Takis Moschos), lives isolated in his beachside villa with his teenage daughter (Iliana Mavromati). Only, he’s really a loan shark illegally trading antiquities in hearses all around Athens. In charge of his dirty business are two young henchmen, Hermes (Dimitris Lalos) and Yannis (Haris Fragkoulis). Both make the same fatal mistake: Hermes falls in love with the Master’s daughter, while Yannis falls for a prostitute (Eftychia Yakoumi). Both, as Sentimentalists, have to be taken care of… The “Sentimentalists” set their own limits, despite knowing the dangers that lurk ahead. The story is repeated, as the motto that dominates and sets things in motion is simple, yet merciless – for, as the director points out, “The first thing God created was love. Then came blood and the thirst for blood”.

Nikos Triantafyllidis studied sociology in Athens, Greece. Shortly after, he moved to London to study film-making at the London International Film School. In 1993, his first short film “Dogs Licking My Heart”, a b&w neo noir starring Blaine L. Reininger from the music group Tuxedomoon, won first prize at the Greek Short Film Festival.

After a stream of visually stunning films such as “Radio Moscow” (1995), “The Overcoat” (1996) and “Black Milk” (1999), Triandafyllidis directed the legendary documentary “I Put A Spell On Me” (2001) about Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with the help of Jim Jarmusch. He has also worked as a radio producer, journalist, book keeper, DJ, music promoter and venue owner. After several years in self exile, “The Sentimentalists” marked his long-awaited return to film, which also proved to be his swan song.

The film “Black Milk” (1999) was one of the first films that the Movement of Artists with Disabilities worked on for the big screen, adding subtitles for the hard of hearing (SDH). The director had agreed to a screening of the film at the SATURDAY NIGHTS FULL OF MEANING event at the Greek Deaf Theatre, and he also took part in a post-screening conversation.

AD: Thanassis Papantonopoulos
SDH: Emmanuela Patiniotaki
GREEK FILM ARCHIVE | Iera Odos 48 & Meg. Alexandrou 134–136. 
The venue is accessible to all people with disabilities.
The intro to the screening will be interpreted in the Greek Sign Language and for lip reading purposes.
The toilet facilities are accessible to all.
There are parking spaces for people with disabilities.
The event catalogue will be available in Braille, large print form and QR code.
The (cinephile) guide dogs are welcome with their handlers.

OTE TV is the Great Sponsor of the 22nd Athens International Film Festival.

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