Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Greek Films Celebrated at International Festivals
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has announced the world premiere of a number of films, including Spiros Stathoulopoulos' Meteora, a film about the secret romance between a Greek monk and a Russian nun, in the 12th century cluster of monasteries. Stathoulopoulos is a Greek-Colombian director who has earned much critical acclaim in the past decade.
Meteora had premiered as an official selection for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and won the very prestigious Directors' Award at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival. The pre-release success of the film has created much hype for its 2012 release.
The Berlinale will be held on February 9-19 and will also feature another Greek film, Mustafa's Sweet Dreams by Angelos Abazoglou, in competition at the Generation 14+ section for young filmmakers.
Two Greek films will premiere in the Netherlands at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Unfair World by Filippos Tsitsos and Alps by Yorgos Lanthimos will be screened in the Spectrum section, while Ektoras Lygizos' The Boy Eating the Bird's Food will be launched as a work in progress.
Duncharon by Athina Rachel Tsangari and Hungry Mouth by Argyris Papadimitropoulos are included in this year's selection for CineMart, a film market that was launched 28 years ago and has gradually evolved into a forum for upcoming cinematographers. The Rotterdam Film Festival will run from January 25 through February 5.
And if you love Greek cinema but cannot make it to Berlin or Rotterdam, check out the Panorama of Greek Cinema series at the Avalon Theater, which presents monthly Greek films!
Source: Greek News Agenda