CULTURE

A focus on kids at the Athinais this weekend

Kids are in the spotlight at the Athinais center as the Second Film Festival sponsored by pharmaceutical company Janssen-Cilag kicks off. Starting this evening and running to Sunday, the multipurpose complex will be hosting a discussion on children’s mental health, screenings of films with themes related to children selected by film critic Dimitris Danikas, and other related events such as clown shows and Christmas decoration workshops. The program of events is as follows: FRIDAY 5-6.20 p.m.: «Elephant» by Gus Van Sant (2003, USA, 81′) – 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Best Director, Palme d’Or. 6.45-8.15 p.m.: Open discussion on «Violent Behavior & Violence in Adolescence.» 8.30-9.45 p.m.: «Mother and Son» by Aleksandr Sokurov (1997, Germany/ Russia, 73′) – Greek premiere. 10-11.30 p.m.: «Father and Son» by Aleksandr Sokurov (2003, Germany/ Russia / Italy / Netherlands, 83′) – Greek premiere. SATURDAY Zone A (young children): 12-1.35 p.m.: «Elf» by Jon Favreau (2003, USA, 95′). 2-3.20 p.m.: «Scrooge: A Christmas Carol» by David McKenzie. Zone B (children): 4-5.25 p.m.: «Valentin» by Alejandro Agresti (2002, Argentina/Netherlands, 86′) – Greek premiere. 6-7.50 p.m.: «I’m Not Scared» by Gabriele Salvatores (2003, Italy/Spain/UK, 108′) – Greek premiere. Zone C (Adolescents and Parents): 8.45-10.25 p.m.: «Crying?» by Alexandros Voulgaris (2003, Greece, 100′). 10.30-11.50 p.m.: «The Wild Child» by Francois Truffaut (1969, France, 83′). Midnight-1.20 a.m.: «Les Triplettes de Belleville» by Sylvain Chomet (2003, France/Belgium/Canada/G. Britain, 80′) – Greek premiere. Parallel events 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Face painting and clowns. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Traditional Greek fairy tales narrated by the Paramithosentouko theater group. 2.30-4.30 p.m.: Christmas decorations workshop. 5-7 p.m.: Stamatis Kraounakis and Speira present the opera for children «Loukoumades Conspiracy.» SUNDAY Zone A (young children): Noon-1.25 p.m.: «Lilo and Stitch,» animation by Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders (2002, USA, 90′, Walt Disney studios). 2-3.15 p.m.: «Asterix et Cleopatre,» animation by Rene Goscinny (1968, France/Belgium, 72′). Zone B (children): 4-5.45 p.m.: «Noi the Albino» by Dagur Kari (2003, Iceland / Germany / UK / Denmark, 82′) – Greek premiere. 6-7.45 p.m.: «The Return» by Andrei Zvyagintsev (2003, Russia, 105′) – Greek Premiere, Golden Lion at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. Zone C (adolescents and parents): 8-10 p.m.: «A Song is Not Enough» by Elissavet Chronopoulou (2003, Greece, 118′). 10-11.45 p.m.: «Small Change» by Francois Truffaut (1976, France, 105′). Parallel events 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Face painting and clowns. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Traditional Greek fairy tales narrated by the Paramithosentouko theater group. 2.30-4.30 p.m.: Christmas decorations workshop. 3-5 p.m.: The Magikes Svoures theater group presents the performance «Sitos Sitarakis.» Athinais, 34-36 Kastorias, Votanikos, tel 210.348.0000. Free admission to all events.