5th Athens Open Air Film Festival June – September 2015
5th Athens Open Air Film Festival
June – September 2015
Athens turns into a vast, open-air cinema!
For its 5th edition, the biggest film celebration in Athens begins with more than 20 screenings around the city’s most beautiful spots, from June to September, with free entrance!
The Athens Open Air Film Festival takes place for the 5th year in a row, with more than 20 hand-picked projections in the capital’s most prominent neighborhoods, converting Athens into a luminous film oasis.
Especially for this year, in order to celebrate its first 5-year anniversary, the Athens Open Air Film Festival raises the curtain on Wednesday 17th of June, with a unique event which combines the screening of an outstanding silent film, «The Cameraman» by Buster Keaton accompanied by the live music performance of multi-talented Theodore and his orchestra, in a magical location: the Temple of Olympian Zeus!
From June to September, with the kind support of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) for the 3rd year now, historical sites and gorgeous corners in Athens are transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. Among these are: the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian precinct, the Petralona Park, Plato’s Academy Park, Avdi Square, Drakopoulou Villa and some of the most beautiful Museums in Athens such as the Numismatic, the Byzantine and the Archaeological.
This year, the screenings further expand to venues such as the Open Theatre of Kolonos, the Benaki Museum and the amazing Train at Rouf Theater, while one of the most sensational archaeological sites, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, will host the premiere, especially for the Festival.
Among the 5th Athens Open Air Film Festival designated spots will also be main open-air cinemas in town such as Cine Dexameni, Cine Zefyros and Ellinis Cinemax.
Determined to reinforce this fundamental summer institution, the City of Athens Cultural, Sport and Youth Organization becomes, for the first time, a co-organizer of the city’s largest outdoor film festival.
The Festival Program:
Classic and influential cinema from America
This year the program includes some of the best classic movies of the American Filmography: «The Bad and The Beautiful » by Vincente Minnelli, «The Trouble With Harry» by Alfred Hitchcock, «Leave her to Heaven» by John M. Stahl but also «The French Connection» by William Friedkin and «Barry Lyndon» by Stanley Kubrick. In the mean time, the Festival does not neglect masterpieces of the more recent American Filmography such as: the evocative «The Rocky Horror Picture Show» by Jim Sharman, the political satire by Warren Beatty «Bulworth», the delirious midnight odyssey «After Hours» by Martin Scorcese, the hallucinatory «Altered States» by Ken Russell, but also the movie – milestone in Steven Spielberg’s career «Closed Encounters of the third kind» and the black comedy «Heathers», which is Michael Lehmann’s debut. The screening of these films is accomplished with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Greece.
Among the Festival’s new partners is the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Together, the two institutions will host, in the garden of Peiraios 260, two of the most significant lyrical theatrical plays, now on the big screen: «The Majic Flute» by Ingmar Bergman, with the support of the Embassy of Sweden, and «The Tales of Hoffmann» by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Various films, reflecting the best moments of contemporary Greek work, compose the Greek section of the Athens Open Air Film Festival. Such are: the award-winning «ROM» by Menelaos Karamaghiolis – one of the most paradigmatic documentary films of the Greek cinema, «The Spring Gathering» an exquisite lyrical fairytale by Dimos Avdeliodis, «Revanche» a romantic drama by Nikos Vergitsis, which not only won numerous awards in Greece, but also participated in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and the « Hard Goodbyes: My Father» by Penny Panayotopoulou with the charismatic Yorgos Karagiannis in the role of young Elias.
With the support of the French Institute of Greece, the Festival takes part, again this year, in the festive events of the Bastille Day on the 14th of July.
Silent Cinema and Live Music!
The most beautiful and strangely enchanting horror film ever made, the silent «Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens» by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau is provided with a unique live soundtrack of its own by Mechanimal, presenting an extraordinary show especially designed for the Festival.
Avant – premiere under the stars
Central to the schedule is a series of blockbusters that will premiere exclusively at the Athens Open Air Festival. One of those films will be the «Magic Mike XXL» by Gregory Jacobs, sequel of the indulging «Magic Mike» in 2012. The film will be screened in collaboration with Tanweer.
A few words about the Festival:
The Athens Open Air Film Festival was established in the summer of 2011 with a view to organizing open-air screenings and cultural events against some of Attica’s most characteristic monuments, as well as little-known spots around the city, like parks, squares, pedestrian precincts and some «historical» open-air cinemas.
The Festival in numbers:
– more than 40.000 people have attended the various screenings and events
– more than 80 films have graced its line-up
– more than 35 venues have been transformed into open-air movie theatres