Athens International Film Festival

    Archive : 20th AIFF 2014

  • Focus on Australia - Filming in No Man's Land

    From "Mad Max's" post-apocalyptic extravaganza all the way to Ted Kotcheff's forgotten masterpiece "Wake in Fright" (a digitally remastered print features in the Special Screenings Section) and from Peter Weir's weighty legacy to David Michôd's kiss of life ("Animal Kingdom"), Australian cinema was always a small but well-hidden oasis for subversive cinema lovers.

    Back in 1996, on the occasion of the 2nd Opening Nights' "New Australian Cinema" tribute, festival founder Giorgos Tziotzios had called the Australian homegrown scene one of the "most fertile and creative on the planet."

    Almost two decades later, faced with another exceptional movie crop from this faraway land, we decided to include the best specimens in a stand-alone tribute under the title "Focus on Australia".

    Get ready to discover Hugh Sullivan's ingenious rom com "The Infinite Man", Sophie Hyde's "52 Tuesdays", winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony's pitch black comedy "The Mule" and Jennifer Kent's "The Babadook", a post-midnight gem that shone throughout festivals worldwide.

    The tribute couldn't possibly be complete without a handful of experienced filmmakers that are back with new work, like Zak Hilditch's "These Final Hours" that chronicles a young man's last few moments in a Perth suburb, shortly before the end of the world. Last, but not least, "Focus on Australia" is proud to include "The Rover", David Michôd's highly anticipated return, hailed as one of the most important films of the year after its Cannes debut.

    It's plain to see that New Australian Cinema is making its presence felt and Opening Nights simply had to share the joy of discovery of such bright young talent with its faithful Athenian audience.

    Kostis Theodosopoulos

  • The Rover

    10 years after the global economic meltdown, human societies are impoverished and fragmented. Somewhere in the desolate Australian land, Eric is sitting at a bar, when three men, Archie, Caleb ...

  • These Final Hours

    In Zak Hilditch's post-apocalyptic drama, which screened at the Directors' Fortnight in the last Cannes Film Festival, Australia has only 12 hours left before it's wiped off the face ...

  • 52 Tuesdays

    When her mother decides to undergo a sex change, 16-year-old Billie has to deal with the shocking news, along with the fact that she will have to move back with her father for the entire year it ...

  • The Infinite Man

    Dean and Lana want to celebrate their anniversary by reliving their last trip together, down to the last detail. Unfortunately, when they go back to that once-bustling motel, they realize it' ...

  • The Mule

    One more film from Australia, a country that has demonstrated a very impressive film production this year, combining quality with variety. "The Mule" by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony ...

  • The Babadook

    A young mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, tries to bring up her 6-year-old son and negotiate the immense void the loss of her loved one has left behind. One night, ...