Athens Open Air Film Festival

The 7th Athens Open Air Film Festival 2017

Where: Various locations around Athens
When: On now - 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

JULY

 

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

20th July

Athens Open Air Film Festival

Photograph courtesy of the Athens Open Air Film Festival

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

Photograph courtesy of the Athens Open Air Film Festival

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

Photograph courtesy of the Athens Open Air Film Festival

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

Photograph courtesy of the Athens Open Air Film Festival

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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