24th Athens International Film Festival

Robert Altman in the 70s

From the beginning of his career in the late 60s to the last film he ever made - "A Prairie Home Companion" (2006), released on the same year the director passed away at age 81 - Robert Altman always marched to the beat of his own drum, both personally and professionally.

He worked on his own terms, within the Hollywood system or outside of it, he stood his ground against studio executives when forced to defend his vision, he followed independent and often adventurous financial schemes to fund his riskier productions and he took on some of the most unusual and daring projects that ever emerged in worldwide cinema.

From 1970 until 1978, in a very short amount of time, Altman managed to make some of the most significant films in modern American cinema, riding the wave of a manic creativity that bore one great film after the next, without ever factoring in box office potential, audience anticipation or whether studio heads were willing to back him up.

The Athens International Film Festival celebrates this brilliant stage in the career of one of the most celebrated directors in film history, screening established masterpieces (like "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" and "Nashville") alongside little-known gems (like the unsurpassable "3 Women" or the mystical "Images") that either never screened in Greece or haven't seen the light of day in decades, exactly like they deserve to be watched: on the big screen, from 35mm prints.

Loukas Katsikas

Φιλμογραφία (επιλεγμένη) / Filmography (selected)

2006 A Prairie Home Companion
2001 Gosford Park
1994 Prêt-à-Porter
1993 Short Cuts
1992 The Player
1985 Fool for Love
1979 Quintet
1975 Nashville
1974 California Split
1972 Images
1970 Brewster McCloud


    Publication date: 2014-09-10 12:30:00

      Brewster McCloud

      Brewster McCloud

      A provocative and often surrealist satire of American society, Brewster McCloud is a surprising variation on the Icarus myth brimming with eccentricity and black humor, told as a coming-of-age story about sexual awakening.

      M*A*S*H

      M*A*S*H

      Robert Altman conjures up a naughty anti-military proposition through the eyes of a medical team and their rather hilarious methods of dealing with the everyday horrors around them, while stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War.

      McCabe and Mrs Miller

      McCabe and Mrs Miller

      In the early 1900s, in a small town on the Western border that's transitioning into urbanity, an enigmatic man with an entreprenurial spirit and a lovesick hooker build their version of the American Dream on the foundations of a whorehouse, while the local organized interests decide they want a part of the action.

      Thieves Like Us

      Thieves Like Us

      California Split

      California Split

      Making his way through the organized chaos of layered dialogues, a noisy score and a largely improvised script - not to mention the performances - Altman builds a precious behavioral comedy for the ages.