CULTURE

Ecological film festival

More than 50 Greek and foreign films are in competition at Ecocinema, the festival of environmental cinema being held for the second time this September on Zakynthos. On June 17, the event’s director, Lukia Rikaki, presented the films that have been chosen for competition in the festival which will be held September 4-8. More than 100 films, of which about 35 are Greek productions, were submitted, but only about half will be screened. «We want to retain the small scale of the festival, with a number of films that the audience can see and discuss,» says Rikaki. «This is not another documentary festival,» explains Culture Ministry cinema adviser Yiannis Bakoyiannopoulos. «The whole philosophy is determined by the factors (scale and location) that aim at real dialogue.» The films have been divided up according to subject: politics-movements, war, nuclear weapons, landscaping and architectural landscape, natural and man-made environment, food and the food chain, earthquakes, volunteerism and the environment, art and the environment, life in other places, scientific research and the environment. Among the films to be shown is a documentary on the events that took place in Genoa, made by 35 Italian directors (including Ettore Scuola and the Taviani brothers). The prizes will be awarded by a five-member jury made up of Lefteris Xanthopoulos, Stavros Ioannou, Spyros Kouvelis, Lucien Chabasson and Sofia Tsiliyianni.