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On-screen darlings Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to attend Greek premiere of ‘Before Midnight’

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who first came together on screen in the 1995 hit “Before Sunrise” as two young travelers who fall in love on a train trip to Vienna, will be in Athens next week to attend the premiere of the romantic drama’s third installment, “Before Midnight,” which will open the 3rd Athens Open-Air Film Festival.

The premiere will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at the open-air Cine Thiseio.

In the second part of the trilogy, “Before Sunset,” Hawke and Delpy, again as Jesse and Celine, see each other nine years after their original meeting on the train, in Paris, where Jesse is attending an event in his honor as an author. They have both moved on with their lives, but in the few hours that they spend together before Jesse flies back to the United States, they realize that the unfulfilled romance of their younger years has never really died.

“Before Midnight” finds the two in Greece another nine years on. In the meantime, Jesse and Celine have married and have two children, though they are at very different stages in their careers and are struggling on a personal level as well. The romance is set in the Peloponnesian region of Messinia.

“Before Midnight,” directed by Richard Linklater as were the other two prequels, first premiered in January 2013 and met with critical acclaim.

The screening of the film in Athens will be by invitation only.

The Athens Open-Air Film Festival runs through September at various venues across the Greek capital. The screening program includes selections from world, classic and modern cinema, while there will also be concerts and interactive parallel events. The full program is expected to be published within the next few days.

All events will be free of charge.