Athens International Film Festival
  • Special Screenings

    This Section features a series of retro screenings, offering Greek audiences the opportunity to revisit old classics or discover largely unknown gems in new or restored prints. 

  • The Reds

    Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Oscars for Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography, and nine more nominations for one the most majestic films in modern history. Through the story of John Reed, an idealistic American journalist who is sucked into the whirlpool that is the October Revolution and a tumultuous love affair, Beatty managed the impossible: in the midst of the Cold War days of the Reagan administration, he convinced Hollywood to finance a genuinely Marxist (and unforgettable) epic film about love and revolution. 35-year anniversary screening.

  • Blue Velvet

    A severed ear, a small town hiding terrible secrets, a young man with an unwholesome sense of curiosity, an alluring singer in danger and one of the most unforgettable psycho villains ever committed to celluloid. No one was prepared for the shock brought on by ?Blue Velvet? when it was first released in 1986 and got David Lynch's dark visions all the way to the Oscars. Thirty years later, one of the most innovative films in the history of cinema returns fully restored in 4K, keeping intact its ability to at once bewitch, scare and charm.

  • Richard III

    Ian McKellen gives a stunning performance in this modernized, impressively staged, unorthodox adaptation of the violent Shakespearean play of the same name. Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent and Robert Downey Junior round out the cast and lend their glow to the -perhaps- most special Richard ever put on screen. Part of the "Shakespeare in the City" tribute / Free entrance

  • The Tempest

    Jarman confronts Shakespeare's swan song and puts his irreverent signature on one of the most attractively odd cinematic adaptations of the great Bard's work. A tribute to the self-restraint needed when in position of authority, "The Tempest" is a visually evocative film on the themes of revenge and punishment. Part of the "Shakespeare in the City" tribute / Free entrance