Athens Open Air Film Festival

The 7th Athens Open Air Film Festival 2017

Where: Various locations around Athens
When: June - 1st September 2017
Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian landmarks

The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas and screening some of the greatest movies in film history. The festival has become an anticipated part of the Athens summer calendar. Free entry to all movies.

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE – AUGUST

JUNE

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) by Stephan Elliott 

19th June

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Plato’s Academy, “Akadimia Platonos” 137 Monastiriou St, Athens

Screening: 9.30pm

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colourful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

El Sur (1983) by Victor Erice

26th June

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Numismatic Museum, 12 El. Venizelou St, Panepistimiou

Screening: 9.30pm

Estrella Arenas (Icíar Bollaín), a rural Spanish teenager with a rich imagination, dreams of her mysterious father Agustín (Omero Antonutti), a man who in recent years has drifted away from her. Estrella struggles to piece together Agustín’s secret history and recalls her family’s sudden unexplained move from Seville, Spain, to the northern countryside in her youth. Estrella decides to return alone to the South, a place warped by years of her father’s hazy and nostalgic recollections.

The year of living dangerously (1982) by Peter Weir

28th June

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Courtyard of Byzantine & Christian Museum, 22 Vasilissis Sofias

Screening: 9.30pm

When journalist Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) arrives in Jakarta, Indonesia, he has difficulty making contacts. He forms a friendship with dwarf photographer Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt), through whom he meets British diplomat Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). Bryant falls for Hamilton, and she gives him key information about an approaching Communist uprising. As the city becomes more dangerous, Hamilton stays to pursue the story. However, he faces more threats as he gets closer to the government.

JULY

The Adventures of King Achmed (1928) by Lotte Reiniger & Carl Kosch 

5th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Kotzia Square, Athens (entry from Athenas St)

Screening: 9.30pm

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a 1926 German animated fairy tale film by Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film; two earlier ones were made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani, but they are considered lost.

The Big Lebowski (1998) by Joel and Ethan Coen

7th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Agios Kosmas Beach, 18 Leoforos Posidonos Ave

Screening: 9.30pm

Why Athens Tip: beach party, led by DJ George Mouhtaridis from radio station Pepper 96.6, will follow

Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called “the Dude,” a laid-back, easy going burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money, resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled and sending him spiralling into the Los Angeles underworld.

Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus

14th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Cine Dexamenis, Plateia Dexamenis, Kolonaki

Screening: 9:30pm

Black Orpheus is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production among production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.

Mad Max 2, The Road Warrior (1981) by George Miller

20th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Lycabettus Theatre (top of Mt. Lycabettus)

Screening: 9:30pm

Why Athens Tip: party with DJ set will follow

After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max (Mel Gibson) drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from nomadic tribes that prey on outsiders. Falling into an encampment led by the relatively peaceful Pappagallo (Mike Preston), Max at first schemes to steal their oil, but soon becomes the group’s reluctant defender against the hulking Humungus (Kjell Nilsson) and his ruthless marauders.

Dead of Night (1945) by Alberto Cavalcanti

27th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Dionysiou Areopagitou (opposite the Acropolis Museum)

Screening: 9:30pm

Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) goes to Pilgrim’s Farm to see a potential client. When he arrives at the house, he gets the feeling that he has been there before. Once inside, he meets a group of people who seem oddly familiar. He tells them that he has dreamt about each one of them and begins to list events that occurred in the dream. Walter’s revelations begin a conversation amongst the group, and each person admits to having experienced a strange, unexplainable event.

AUGUST

The Passage to India (1984) by David Lean

23rd August

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: National Archaeological Museum of Athens, 44 Patission St, Athens

Screening: 9:00pm

Based on the renowned E.M. Forster novel, this expansive period drama centres on the changing dynamic between British colonials and native locals in India during the 1920s. When an outing to explore scenic caves ends in English tourist Adela Quested (Judy Davis) accusing Indian doctor Aziz Ahmed (Victor Banerjee) of rape, the incident results in a major court case, one that reinforces tensions between the British Empire and the growing movement towards Indian independence.

The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) by Hector Babenko

25th August

Athens Open Air Film Festival

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Where: Dionysiou Areopagitou (opposite the Acropolis Museum)

Screening: 9:00pm

In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, two very different men warily confront each other. Molina (William Hurt) is first seen wrapping his head in a towel, in the shape of a turban, while Valentin (Raul Julia), bearded and classically macho in appearance, watches with a mixture of fascination and revulsion. During the time spent together, the two men come to understand and respect each other. Written in 1976 by Argentine writer Juan Manuel Puig.

 

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