December 2012

BEFORE MIDNIGHT - Richard Linklater's Before Midnight tops newly announced Sundance 2013 premieres>

"Last week, Sundance announced the initial lineup of films in competition, a predictable and somewhat disappointing group that left out a few sure to be heralded projects (Matthew Porterfield’s “I Used to Be Darker” and Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess” were both dumped in the “NEXT” sidebar) in favor of soapy indie dramas and chintzy coming-of-age stories. The addition of two James Franco projects didn’t help and, to our eyes, Sundance was looking like an easy choice to skip this year. Now, that has all changed. Yesterday, the festival announced their premiers, and we have a few standouts: Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love,” starring Steve Coogan as British adult magazine publisher Paul Raymond; David Gordon Green’s under-the-radar “Prince Avalanche,” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; the premiere of Jane Campion’s six-hour miniseries “Top of the Lake,” starring Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter; and Sebastian Junger’s tribute to his friend, “Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.” But this is all in addition to the festival’s not-so-secret premiere, Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated “Before Midnight,” the third chapter in the continuing story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). Linklater shot the film in Greece over the summer when nobody was looking, and said back in September that he was hoping to have it finished by January in time for Sundance. Looks like he’s been logging away some serious hours in the editing room, so look forward to standing in line for hours in the cold, if you happen to be in Park City."

L- L to screen at the 16th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (12-28/11/2012)>


Saturday 17.11 at 17:00
Cinamon 3, Tartu
subtitles: ENG

Monday 19.11 at 22:00
Kosmos 2, Tallinn
subtitles: ENG

Wednesday 28.11 at 17:00
Artis 2, Tallinn
subtitles: ENG Facebook Link

November 2012

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You wins the International Federation of Film Societies' Don Quixote Award at Carthage Int. Film Fest JCC 2012> Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You screening at Carthage Film Festival JCC 2012>


Saturday, Nov. 17th at 15h at LE MONDIAL THEATER
Friday Nov. 23rd at 18h at LE RIO THEATER Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You set to screen at the American Film Market (AFM) 2012> Facebook Link

ALPS, ATTENBERG, L and KNIFER included in the "Focus Europa: Grecia" section of SEFF 2012> Facebook Link

October 2012

L- L by Babis Makridis was awarded the Grand Prix award in the 42nd Kiev International Film Festival>

"The Grand Prix of Molodist IFF was awarded to "L" by Babis Makridis (Greece). The prize is "The Golden Scythian Deer" statuette and a certificate for UAH 80 000, awarded by Viktoriya Tsomaya, marketing director of the Ukrainian State lotteries operator "M.S.L."." Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You picks up the Best Film Award from the Arab World award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival >

"Best Film from the Arab World: When I Saw You, directed by Annemarie Jacir (Jordan, Palestine, UAE)
We loved the way in which Annemarie Jacir approached the sensitive subject of that crucial period." Facebook Link

L & ALPS set to screen in competition at the 36th Mostra Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2012>

Alps Screening Times:

23/10 - Terça-feira - 15:00 - FAAP
25/10 - Quinta-feira - 16:15 - Cine Sabesp
30/10 - Terça-feira - 22:20 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema - Augusta - Sala 3

L Screening Times:

19/10 - Sexta-feira - 17:40 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Pompéia - Sala 9
22/10 - Segunda-feira - 21:20 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema - Frei Caneca - Sala 4
23/10 - Terça-feira - 18:20 - Cine Sabes
25/10 - Quinta-feira - 15:00 - Cine Olido
29/10 - Segunda-feira - 19:10 - Livraria Cultura - sala 2 Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You selected in Competition at Sao Paulo International Film Festival>


19/10 - Friday - 18:00 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema - Augusta - - Sala 3
20/10 - Saturday - 16:00 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema - Augusta - Sala 3
25/10 - Thursday - 18:10 - Espaço Itaú de Cinema - Frei Caneca - - Sala 5
03/11 - Saturday - 16:30 - Cinemateca - Sala BNDES Facebook Link

Raw Material and Burning Heads win awards at the 5th London Greek Film Festival>

"The 5th London Greek Film Festival came to a close last night with both Raw Material and Burning Heads winning awards. Burning Heads came away with the awards for Best Concept for Fiction Feature and Best Actor (Promitheas Aliferopoulos). Raw Material came away with the award for Best Documentary." Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - When I Saw You to screen at the the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012>

Monday, October 15th, 7pm at VOX 6
Wednesday, October 17th, 4pm, VOX 2

and special screening for WOMEN ONLY
Tuesday, October 16th, 6:30 pm, VOX 1 Facebook Link

L - L to screen at the 19th Greek Film Festival | Melbourne>

Screening date and time : Wednesday 31 October, 9:00pm Facebook Link

Raw Material and Burning Heads set to screen at this years London Greek Film Festival >

Two Faliro House Productions movies to screen at this years London Greek Film Festival. Both Raw Material and Burning Heads will be screening on Wednesday 10th October at the Westbourne Studios.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Venue: Westbourne Studios

Raw Material, Directed by Christos Karakepelis. 78’. Greece, 2012.

Fiction Feature
Burning Heads, Directed by George Siougas. 100’. Greece, 2011.

Match Factory head Michael Weber is to be co-producer and world sales agent on Greek auteur Yannis Economides as-yet-untitled next feature, which is set to start shooting early next year>

"Match Factory head Michael Weber is to be co-producer and world sales agent on Greek auteur Yannis Economides’ as-yet-untitled next feature, which is set to start shooting early next year.
The German sales and co-production company is already active in Greece, handling world sales for films such as George Lanthimos’ Alps and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg. Weber is set to also co-produce Tsangari’s next project, Duncharon.
Economides forms part of the wave of local auteurs hailed internationally. He has directed Matchbox (2003), Soul Kicking (Cannes Critics Week 2006) and Knifer (Busan and LA festivals 2010).
They all provide portraits of decaying social context through human relations and families.
He will direct his new film from a screenplay co-written with Thanos Xiros. The story follows a professional killer.
Weber joins as a co-producer alongside a team of local producers formed by Panagiotis Papahadzis, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Irene Souganidou, Tsangari and Economides.
They represent a selected group of local companies backing the €1.5m project. They include Faliro House Productions, Argonauts Productions and Feelgood Entertainment.
Christos Konstantakopoulos has a considerable number of international projects already under his belt.
Having worked as executive producer on Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter in 2011, he then got Faliro House involved in the co-production of projects as Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me, Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You as well as Jim Jarmusch’s forthcoming Only Lovers Left Aside and Terrence Malick’s next two projects, set to shoot in 2013 - Knight of Cups and one as-yet-untitled project.
He recently wrapped Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, which was shot in Greece.
Konstantakopoulos has co-produced most of the recent hot local titles by Lanthimos, Tsangari and Economides’ Knifer.
Veteran Panayotis Papahadzis’ Argonauts Productions has a long and successful track record with local productions as well as in international co-productions — the latest being the omnibus film Do Not Forget Me Istanbul.
Papahadzis has produced Ekonomides’ two last features.
Since its launch in 2008, Feelgood Entertainment has become one of the most dynamic local distribution and co-production outlets.
Head Irene Souganidou handles the Sony and Disney slates in Greece and Cyprus and has a strong track record of distributing and coproducing hot Greek films including Yiannis Smaragdis’ Sony-backed epic God Loves Caviar.
Apart from co-producing, Feelgood will distribute Economides’ film in Greece and Cyprus.
The Match Factory deal represents a shot in the arm in the efforts of local filmmakers to capitalize on the recent international rise of interest in Greek-produced films.
The trend was the object of the well-attended two-day conference Riding the Greek Wave, organised by the Hellenic Film Academy with the backing of the Goethe Athens Institute and the Onassis Foundation.
Among the invited guests that participated in workshops and roundtables were Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick, Festival Scope co-founder Mathilde Henrot, Torino Film Lab director Savina Neirotti, Rotterdam programmer Bianca Taal, MEDIA programme head of unit Constantinos Daskalakis and French producer Marie-Pierre Macia.
Strand Releasing co-president Marcus Hu conducted a two-day workshop on the creation of trailers of Greek films to target foreign markets."

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me by Robert Byington to screen in the "Young Americans Selection" section of AFI FEST 2012>

"Some of the Young Americans selections include Joe Swanberg‘s All the Light in the Sky (Swanberg is a consistent AFI FEST favorite), Rebecca Thomas‘ Electrick Children, David Zellner‘s Kid-Thing, Robert Byington‘s Somebody Up There Likes Me, Sean Baker‘s Starlet, and Amy Seimetz‘s Sun Don’t Shine. Stand-outs in the New Auteurs section include Brandon Cronenberg‘s Antiviral, Tobiaas Lindholm‘s A Highjacking, and Antonio Campos‘ Simon Killer (which caused quite a stir at Sundance this year). After the break, check out full plotlines for all of the newly-announced selections, along with info on how to get your very own tickets for the festival." Facebook Link

September 2012

L - L set to screen at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF)> Facebook Link

BEFORE MIDNIGHT - Director Richard Linklater has wrapped production on Before Midnight>

"Director Richard Linklater has wrapped production on "Before Midnight," a sequel to the helmer's indie hits "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset."
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as star-crossed lovers Jesse and Celine.

Linklater's longtime collaborator, John Sloss of Cinetic Media, exec produced the pic and will handle domestic sales.

Producers include Linklater's Detour Filmproduction, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Sara Woodhatch of Faliro House and Jacob Pechenik of Venture 4TH, as well as Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer of Castle Rock Entertainment. Pic will be released worldwide next year.

Written by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke, "Before Midnight" lensed under the radar in Messinia, Greece. "It's great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight," the scribes said in a joint statement. The trio previously earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing 2005's "Before Sunset."

Stuart Ford's IM Global specialty label ACCLAIM is handling international sales.

Linklater's dark comedy "Bernie," starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, is currently enjoying a long run in arthouse theaters after opening in May." Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me will make its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 28>

Somebody Up There Likes Me will make its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 28.
For those of you in the U S of A, grab your passports and head North of the border for three special screenings: 9/28, 9/30, and 10/5. Facebook Link

WHEN I SAW YOU - Annemarie Jacir's When I Saw You has been selected as the Palestinian territories' entry for consideration in next year's foreign-language Oscar>

"Annemarie Jacir's "When I Saw You" has been selected as the Palestinian territories' entry for consideration in next year's foreign-language Oscar.
Set in Jordan in 1967, the pic tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who runs away from a Palestinian refugee camp in his search for freedom.

"When I Saw You" will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 9.

Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory is handling worldwide rights for the film, which was produced by Ossama Bawardi and Jacir's Jordan-based Philistine Films.

It's Jacir's second Palestinian foreign Oscar entry following her 2008 debut feature "Salt of the Sea", which screened in Cannes." Facebook Link

August 2012

WHEN I SAW YOU - Annemarie Jacir’s WHEN I SAW YOU will have it's world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival>

"The globe-trotting section of this year’s Contemporary World Cinema programme has your Sundance (in a pair of excellent titles in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and James Ponsoldt’s Smashed) and has select items from several sections from this year’s Cannes ranging from Pablo Stoll Ward’s 3, Yousry Nasrallah’s After the Battle, Aida Begic’s Children of Sarajevo, Catherine Corsini’s Three Worlds, Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Love, and they must see In The Fog a masterwork from Sergei Loznitsa and will be padded by world premiere items such as Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You, Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did and Sion Sono’s The Land of Hope." Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME wins Jury Prize at the 65th Annual Festival del film Locarno>

"The 65th Locarno Film Festival wrapped Saturday night at the Piazza Grande with chief juror Apichatpong Weerasethakul handing out the Golden Leopard (with a purse of $92,000) to Gallic helmer Jean-Claude Brisseau's "The Girl From Nowhere."
Best director went to China's Ying Liang for "When Night Falls."
U.S. helmer Bob Byington's comedy, "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which preemed at SXSW, took home the Special Jury prize.
An Nai won best actress for "When Night Falls," Walter Saabel nabbed best actor for "The Shine of Days."
In the Cinema of the Present competition, Mexican helmer Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio won the Golden Leopard and $41,000 for his Japan-set documentary, "Inori."
American Joel Potrykus picked up best director for "Ape." "Not in Tel Aviv," directed by Nony Geffen, received the Special Jury prize.
Rounding out the major awards, best first feature went to China's "Memories Look at Me," by Song Fang.
The Variety Piazza Grande award went to actress-helmer Noemi Lvovsky's "Camille Rewinds," scheduled for a September release in France.
Cate Shortland's German-lingo period piece "Lore" was awarded the UBS-sponsored audience for a film screened in the Piazza Grande.
Career awards went to Gael Garcia Bernal, Harry Belafonte, Johnnie To, Charlotte Rampling and Arnon Milchan, who also featured in on-stage chats during the festival.
Fest expanded industry events and the Otto Preminger retrospective was a strong draw.
In his third year as artistic topper, Olivier Pere has positioned Locarno as the champion of art house cinema. However, commercial prospects for the majority of the selection, including the more populist Piazza Grande pics, are slim." Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me has it's International Premiere at the 65th Locarno Film Festival>

"Somebody Up There Likes Me is the natural film to mention next, another indie that nicely circumvents conventions and manages to surprise. Directed by Bob Byington and starring Keith Poulson, Somebody takes an ironically oddball look at marriage, divorce, and aging, that is often funny, but with a subtle, simultaneous sadness. Byington frequently employs “Five Years Later” title cards without adjusting the appearance of his protagonist, instilling a sense of an almost disturbing never-ending sameness while also giving the whole film a daydream-like feel, as if it’s the imagined future of a skeptical-of-life twenty- or thirty-something. The highlight here, though, is Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recreation), who also serves as a producer. His hilarious yet emotionally convincing performance gives the film necessary ballast as Poulson’s protagonist continues along his journey of no discovery." Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me had it's Mid-West premiere at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival.> Facebook Link

L - L set to screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2012 (MIFF) > Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me set to screen at the 65th Locarno Film Festival>

Screening date:

Wednesday 8 August 2012 - 14.00
Auditorium FEVI
Subt. French,Italian Facebook Link

June 2012

Both L and ALPS set to screen at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival>

Both L and ALPS set to screen at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, ALPS in the "Horizons" section while L will be participating in the "Another View" section.

"Alps" screenings @ Karlovy Vary Film Festival:
2R2 - June 30, 2012, 13:30, Richmond
511 - July 3, 2012, 9:00, Grand Hall
9R3 - July 7, 2012, 16:30, Richmond

"L" screenings @ Karlovy Vary Film Festival:
L4D2 - July 2, 2012, 14:00, Karlovy Vary Theatre
5L4 - July 3, 2012, 19:30, Lazne III
8R4 - July 6, 2012, 19:00, Richmond

ALPS - Alps wins the 2012 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition prize>

ALPS wins the 2012 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition prize.

Competition Jury president Rachel Ward on ALPS :

“ALPS melds pathos, black humour and taut menace in a film that is at once challenging and highly rewarding. A finely calibrated, absurdist study of power and identity, ALPS is intelligent, uniquely emotive filmmaking from an important new voice in Greek cinema.” Facebook Link

ATTENBERG - Attenberg screening at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, at the Gloria Cinema>

“Some people prefer to go to psychoanalysts, some people prefer to make films,” says the director, projection artist and festival-maker Athina Rachel Tsangari. From Homer to Freud, various mythologies, as well as a fascination for the mysteries of the human organism, inspire her to create carefully choreographed private universes. Acting, form, and content generate an inseparable basis for Tsangari’s cinematic constructions, which look at lives shaped by the hands of love and death, the two instincts called Eros and Thanatos by Freud. Tsangari makes associations across genres, from David Attenborough to westerns to Monty Python, the “genetic codes” that keep her in line with archetypal narrative structures.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Athina Rachel Tsangari and Adam Kleinman, Agent for Public Programming, dOCUMENTA (13)." Facebook Link

L - L showing at the Sydney Greek Film Festival>

L - L showing at the Sydney Greek Film Festival making it's Australian Premiere. Facebook Link

April 2012

ALPS - Alps wins the Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida>

"The 2012 Sarasota Film Festival announced this year’s jury and audience award winners at the historic Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota.
Alps directed by Giorgos Lanthimos took home the Narrative Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement." Facebook Link

L - L set to screen at the Indielisboa Festival 2012. The movie will be competing in the International Competition section.>

"I would like some honey, the best you have." "We're out of honey, a green car got it all." "Thank you" "You're welcome" "Nice jacket" The above dialogue no matter how odd it sounds is a driving test, the faster and more accurate you deliver the lines the better chances you have to be selected as the driver to deliver jars of honey. The cinema of false logic is defining the cinema of Greece. After 'Dogtooth' and 'Alps', Efthymis Fillipou co-wrote with the director of L a grotesque comedy about a man that is rejected as a driver just because he forgot to check the quality of honey. If the world that surrounds us is incomprehensible the more in crisis we get and the more trapped we feel. In our case our main protagonist lives literally behind the driving wheel, it's where he eats, where he meets his children, where he celebrates birthdays. Emptiness, nothingness, lack of emotion and repetition constitute L with obvious references to Samuel Beckett where the main characters as bears are obsessed with honey. (Nina Veligradi)." Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Somebody Up There Likes Me set to screen at the Wisconsin Film Festival 2012>

"Bob Byington, the filmmaker who last brought us the 2010 WFF smash Harmony and Me, returns with another cheerfully sardonic deadpan comedy. Somebody Up There Likes Me tells the everyman saga of Max (Bishop Allen musician and Harmony cast veteran Keith Poulson), who agelessly glides through 35 years of adult life, dealing in his own nonplussed way with marriage, divorce, fatherhood, career successes and failures, and his ultimate fate. Along for most of the ride are his second wife, Lyla (Jess Weixler) and his short-term-memory-challenged sidekick Sal (Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, who also served as Somebody’s producer).

Dryly funny, occasionally whimsical, and sometimes enigmatic, Byington’s movie unfolds within a series of common, banal locations: restaurant kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, cars, and tool sheds. What emerges is a portrait of a life half-lived (or maybe a third-lived) made completely engaging by a cast of charmers, particularly the scene-stealing Offerman, Marshall Bell as Lyla’s embittered cop father, and Megan Mullally as an ineffectual shrink." Facebook Link

BURNING HEADS, ALPS, SHOOTING VS SHOOTING AND RAW MATERIAL get nominations for this year's Greek Academy Awards>

BURNING HEADS, ALPS, SHOOTING VS SHOOTING AND RAW MATERIAL get nominated for this year's Greek Academy Awards with Burning Heads picking up the most nods. After a secret ballot conducted among members of the Greek Film Academy, Burning Heads picked up a total of 11 nominations, Alps picked up 2, while Shooting vs Shooting and Raw Material will both compete for the award of Best Documentary feature. Facebook Link

L, ALPS and RAW MATERIAL set to screen at the 2012 Istanbul Film Festival in a special section called " What's happening in Greece?">

"Our sıblıngs on the other sıde of the water, our neıghbour Greece... A few years ago, fılms from Greece unconventıonally structured and ınnovatıve terms of narratıve, theme and style began to surface and attract ınternatıonal attractıon, perhaps as harbıngers of a people’s depressıon and the vıolent socıal explosıon followıng the economıc crash down that hıt the streets. The latest fılms from thıs country ın thıs sectıon wıll be able to perhaps answer or maybe gıve hınts for the questıon “What’s Happenıng ın Greece?”" Facebook Link

March 2012

L - L in competition among 10 film at the Copenhagen Film Festival 12-29 April >

Section New Talent.

Screenings :

21-4 2012 Empire Bio 17:00
26-4-2012 Dagmar Theater 19:00
29-4-2012 Dagmar Theater 14:15 Facebook Link

ALPS and ATTENBERG are set to screen at the 2012 Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria>

ALPS Screening times :

Euro Cinema - 21:15

French Institute - 17:00

Odeon - 18:00

ATTENBERG Screening times :

Cinema House - 18:30

French Institute - 21:00
 Facebook Link

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME - Bob Byington's Somebody Up There Likes Me will have it's world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival>

Narrative Spotlight section.

Screening Times :

Tuesday, March 13
1:45PM - 3:01PM

Friday, March 16
11:00AM -12:16PM Facebook Link

ATTENBERG - Attenberg opens in New York on Friday March 9 2012 at the IFC Center>

"In this wonderfully deadpan, surprisingly touching tale from the burgeoning new Greek cinema (and the country’s official submission to the 2012 Oscars), awkward 23-year-old Marina is stuck in a dead-end seaside town. She passes the days watching David Attenborough nature documentaries and listening to Suicide songs, but relationships with her ailing father, promiscuous friend Bella and a visiting engineer (Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos) push her into contact with the strange and funny world of adulthood."

ALPS - Alps to screen in competition at the Discovery Zone - Luxembourg City Film Festival on 4th and 5th of March 2012>

ATTENBERG - Athina Rachel Tsangari speaks with Dennis Lim of the The New York Times about her film ATTENBERG>

"Just before “Attenberg” went into production the financing pledged by the Greek Film Center evaporated. Ms. Tsangari forged ahead and sought the help of Christos Konstantakopoulos, an investor. Mr. Konstantakopoulos, who is also backing the next two films by Terrence Malick, said that the disappearance of state funding had inadvertently helped Greek cinema. He compared the situation to the agronomic concept known as “stressing”: “By depriving the crops of water you force their roots to grow deeper,” he said." Facebook Link

February 2012

ATTENBERG, ALPS, KNIFER and RAW MATERIAL to screen at the Black Movie - Geneva Film Festival in Switzerland until 26 February 2012>

Alps Screening Times :

Auditorium Fondation Arditi
18.02.2012 - 19h00

Attenberg Screening Times :

Les Cinémas du Grütli Simon
19.02.2012 - 17h30

Knifer Screening Times :

Auditorium Fondation Arditi
18.02.2012 - 17h00
23.02.2012 - 17h00

Raw Material Screening Times :

Les Cinémas du Grütli Langlois
23.02.2012 - 21h30
25.02.2012 - 21h30

Les Cinémas du Grütli Simon
26.02.2012 - 17h30

DUNCHARON - Athina Rachel Tsangari's upcoming film Duncharon has won the ARTE France Cinema Award for best project at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam Cinemart>

"The 29th CineMart, co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam concluded Wednesday February 1 in Rotterdam with the announcement of the two awards for best CineMart Projects 2012.
The ARTE France Cinéma Award (10,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2012 Project is given to Duncharon by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece), a co-production of Haos Films and Faliro House Productions (Greece), Maharaja Films (France) and The Match Factory GmbH (Germany)." Facebook Link

January 2012

L- L is set to screen at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it will be claiming the Tiger Award as part of the Competition Section>

"In L, you are what you drive. The protagonist, aged 40, is a more than dedicated driver. His work is literally his life and his car is more than a means of transport. He lives in his car and receives his family at fixed times. His employer is a rich narcoleptic who can’t drive. The driver, known as the Man, provides him with special honey. But when an even better driver comes along, the Man loses his job and decides to look for another means of transport.
Aris Servetalis, who can also be seen in Yorgos Lanthimos' Alps, plays the Man without batting an eyelid. Whether he's talking seriously to his children, listening to a friend or just has his eyes on the road, he always focuses intensely on what he is doing.
With a screenplay by Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, Alps) it's not surprising that the absurdist tone recalls Lanthimos' films. L is also akin to Attenberg by Athina Rachel Tsangari. But Babis Makridis distinguishes himself from his colleagues because he allows his film to be even more abstract. L is a unique combination of comedy and existential drama. A debut film filled with bizarre dialogues, a stuttering Moonlight Sonata and a song about bears." Facebook Link

ALPS - Alps is set to screen in the Spectrum section of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)>

"Lanthimos (Dogtooth) is a pioneer in new Greek cinema. In the absurd Alps, we follow a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her trainer, who approach relatives with a strange proposition: they can be hired as temporary stand-ins for the deceased. The job is not without danger.

They call themselves 'Alps'. Their leader is called Mont Blanc. It’s a mysterious group; the four members - a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her trainer - are not allowed to talk about their activities to non-Alps. In their spare time, they rent themselves out to families in order to fill in for a relative who has recently died. They then act like the lovely daughter, husband or girlfriend and claim that this helps ease the mourning. But it’s very doubtful whether the role-play is really that healthy.
Alps, after all, is a film by Yorgos Lanthimos, maker of the widely praised and award-winning Dogtooth (2009) and a specialist in creating unhealthy, absurd relationships.
With their familiar style filled with wry dialogue spoken completely neutrally, Lanthimos and screenwriter Efthimis Filippou provide even more infamous commentary on Greek society in particular and human shortcomings in general. Everyone is always playing a role - a principle that is taken to extreme in Alps. Please note: for the screening on Sat 4-2, this film is subtitled in Dutch.

Big Talk: Mon 30, 19:30, before the screening Angeliki Papoulia (actress) and Athina Rachel Tsangari (producer) will be talking to journalist and philosopher Anna Luyten about the film Alps." Facebook Link

L - L will have its world premiere at the 28th Sundance Festival, where it is set to screen in competition after winning a slot in the World Drama section>

"Cowriter/director Babis Makridis and cowriter Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, Alps) propel us into a funky, surreal world of deadpan absurdism. Beneath the postmodern detachment lies a quiet human struggle. Facing absurd existences, these characters are trying: to be better drivers, to be better bears. Even the score, a flawed rendition of Moonlight Sonata, is trying to be better." Facebook Link

ATTENBERG - Attenberg screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival & ShortFest>

"'Sui generis' is a term too often used to describe a film that doesn’t fit into the usual categories, but in the case of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s occasionally funny, frequently moving and all together unique ATTENBERG, it fits perfectly. …an unforgettable film…." Facebook Link