Athens Open Air Film Festival
Open air film at the Temple of Olympian Zeus at a previous year's festival. Photograph: courtesy of AOAFF


Where: Various locations around Athens
When: 23 to 28 August 2019
Why Go: To see iconic movies against the backdrop of Athenian sites & landmarks

The Athens Open Air Film Festival returns for its 9th year, transforming some of the most iconic spaces around Athens into outdoor cinemas, screening some of the greatest movies in film history.

This year, the festival program includes masterpieces from legendary world cinema directors such as Federico Fellini, David Leeds, Michelangelo Antonioni, Louise Buonuel, Akira Kurosava, Jean Pierre Melville, Friedrich Mournau, Mike Lee, Steven Frears , Alfred Hitchcock among others.

Screenings will take place at museums, squares, gardens, pedestrian precincts and archaeological parks and is a much anticipated part of the Athens summer calendar.


Free entry to all movies. Screenings start at 9:30pm

Athens Open Air Film Festival NAM

The Athens Open Air Film Festival screening outside the National Archaeological Museum in a previous year. Photograph: Ioannis Stefanidis


5 June

Amarcord by Federico Fellini

Where: Roman Agora (Limited seating, first come/served basis. Entry passes given at entry)

Starring: Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Magali Noël, Armando Brancia


18 June

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover by Peter Greenaway

Where: Pireos 260

Starring: Helen Mirren, Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Alan Howard


22 June

Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock

Where: Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones


25 June

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Peter Weir

Where: Vrachon Theatre

Starring Rachel Roberts, Helen Morse, Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, Jacki Weaver


27 June

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise by Luis Buñuel

Where: French School at Athens

Starring: Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Piccoli, Delphine Seyrig


29 June

Dangerous Liasons by Steven Frears

Where: Tower of the Duchess of Plaisance

Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman

Athens Open Air Film Festival Olympian Zeus Screening

A film screening at the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Photograph: Vangelis Patsialos


2 July

Point Blank by John Boorman

Where: Avdi Square

Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O’Connor, John Vernon


5 July

Lost Highway by David Lynch

Where: Mt Lycabettus Car Park Level

Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Robert Loggia


8 July

Stray Dog by Akira Kurosawa

Where: Cine Riviera

Starring: Tosohirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Yasushi Nagata, Reizaburô Yamamoto


10 July

Enter the Dragon by Robert Clouse

Where: Former Fertilizer Factory Park, Drapetsona

Starring: Bruce lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Kien Shih, Chuck Norris


12 July

Army of Shadows by Jean-Pierre Melville

Where: Byzantine and Christian Museum courtyard

Starring: Lino Ventura, Simon Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Paul Cassel, Paul Crauchet


15 July

Sunrise by FW Murnau

Where: Municipal Theatre Rematia Evripidio

Starring: Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, Margaret Livingston


17 July

Imitation of Life by Douglass Sirk

Where: Dionysiou Areopagitou (opposite Acropolis Museum)

Starring: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee, John Gavin


18 July

The Red Shoes (1948) by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Where: Plato’s Academy

Starring: Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook


24 July

Blow Up by Michaelangelo Antonini

Where: Technopolis

Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Jane Birkin


26 July

Poltergeist by Tobe Hooper

Where: Alsos Petralona (inside basketball court, Petralona)

Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

Athens Open Air Film Festival Lycabettus

A film screening at Mt Lycabettus. Photograph: Ioannis Stefanidis


23 August

Il Sorpasso by Dano Risi

Where: Numismatic Museum courtyard (Limited seating, first come/served basis. Entry passes given at entry)

Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak, Claudio Gora


28 August

Brazil by Terry Gilliam

Where: Dourgouti Theater (Fanosthenous and Sfiggos St., Neos Kosmos)

Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Michael Palin, Bob Hoskins


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