CULTURE

Nikos Panayiotopoulos’s new film attracts interest of eminent festival

This is looking like a good year for Greek filmmaker Nikos Panayiotopoulos, as his new film, «Delivery,» is likely to compete in the official program of the Venice International Film Festival (September 1-11). The festival is headed by Marco Muller (who took over this year from Moritz de Halden), and he has set out his aims clearly: «A festival means a selection, not a program. It is impossible to present a panorama of contemporary cinema. Even with the best of intentions, such an endeavor would be bound to fail. It would just be an anthology of ‘everything and nothing’.» Should Panayiotopoulos’s «Delivery» make it to the 20 films competing for the Golden Lion (we anticipate a formal announcement soon), Greece will find itself back in the front line of the Mostra for the first time in some 20 years. «Delivery» will open in Greek movie theaters on October 15 and it has already ensured a spot in the International Competition section of the Montreal Film Festival (August 28 – September 6), while the Lausanne film library will present a retrospective on the Greek director this coming winter. The retrospective on Panayiotopoulos, as it was first compiled at last year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival, gave the foreign press an opportunity to become acquainted with the artist’s work – and the reviews were all positive. His 11th film, «Delivery,» according to the director, tells the story of «A young pizza delivery guy» who «rides around the fringes of Athens in silence, listening to the stories of the disenchanted and marginalized. The film looks at the exiled element of the capital city, in which the only right remaining to people is to dream.»