Premiere Nights in Athens

The seventh annual Athens film festival, known as Premiere Nights, comprises 73 full-length features and 33 short films and begins tonight at the Attikon Renault, Apollon Renault Film Center 2000 and Danaos Ericsson I and II cinemas. The festival, which is organized by Cinema magazine under the auspices of the Athens Municipality, will officially open tonight at Athens College at 9.30 with the screening of Sotiris Goritsa’s new film Brasilero. The festival will come to a close on September 20. At a recent press conference Christos Mitsis, Cinema magazine’s editor in chief, said that this year’s festival carries on the work of previous ones with even more challenging films, the basic core of which is that of American independent cinema. This year, however, the festival has expanded to include 17 films from Italy, France and Latin America. There are also more documentaries, among them Nikos Triandafyllidis’s most recent feature, Mourning Rock. One of the reason for the genre’s inclusion is the recent box office success of documentaries such as that by Triandafyllidis. Also playing at the festival is Antoinetta Angelidi’s The Thief or Reality which was recently screened at the Locarno Film Festival. German director Tom Tyk-wer (among his works is Run, Lola, Run) is expected on Saturday at the Attikon Renault for the screening of his new film The Princess and the Warrior. During the festival five young directors (Eva Stefani, Syllas Djoumerkas, Katerina Filiotou, Anestis Charalambidis and Lefteris Haritos) will shoot a five-minute film each using a DV camera. The voice is an invaluable means of communication. If my voice is to be heard by some being traveling with the Voyager, I’d want it to sense the feeling of love that I’m trying to convey.

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