CULTURE

Bulletin for movie lovers

After years of waiting for some good news, the Greek Film Library (Tainiothiki) is now the proud owner of its own premises, and will be relocated to the grounds of the former Lais outdoor cinema in Metaxourgeio. The film library began negotiations to acquire the building three years ago when then Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis had pushed ahead with the purchase of part of the plot. The purchase was finalized just a few weeks ago on a Ministry of Culture initiative and Minister Evangelos Venizelos has included all construction works and equipment purchases under the aegis of the Third Community Support Framework. At a recent press conference, Tainiothiki Director Theodoros Adamopoulos noted, however, that the library must remain at its current home in the Deligiorgi Mansion (under threat of eviction) until construction at the Lais is completed in December 2006. Once the work is done, the new Greek Film Library will have a large multipurpose function hall, seating 300 people, and a smaller hall to seat 50, which will host the Cine Club. The film library is also planning to reopen the 400-seat cinema for summer screenings and to create a special storage area for the library’s archive. Until then, the Tainiothiki will proceed with its regular schedule, starting with a tribute to cinema greats Elia Kazan and Martin Scorsese at the Trianon Cinema, running from tonight to December 18. The Kazan films to be shown are «America, America,» «The Agreement,» «Panic on the Streets,» «Baby Doll,» «East of Eden,» «A Streetcar Named Desire,» «Gentleman’s Agreement,» «On the Waterfront,» «A Face in the Crowd» and «Splendor in the Grass.» The Scorsese tribute features «The King of Comedy,» «Taxi Driver,» «Goodfellas,» «The Gangs of New York» and «Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,» as well as the shorts «What’s a Nice Girl Like you Doing in a Place Like This?» and «It’s Not Just You, Murray!» and a documentary on the Italian community of New York titled «Italianamerican.» Trianon Cinema, 21 Kodringtonos, tel 210.821.5469.