Pedro Almodóvar returns to female-driven drama with his new film, “Julieta”, which will be the opening film of the 22ndAthens International Film Festival. The film will close with “Elle” by Paul Verhoeven with Isabelle Huppert. In between 180 feature and short films will premiere on the prestigious greek festival and there will be a tribute on the cinema of the french director Louis Malle.
The Competition Section features first or second films by directors. Between them we find Evolution by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (walking in the steps of directors like Yorgos Lanthimos’), Closet Monster by Canadian Stephen Dunn and The Red Turtle, a collaboration between Michael Dudok de Wit with the legendary animation studio Ghibli.
Also, the audience-loved section Music and Film comes back with interesting choices, while there is a new section, called Festival Darlings with films that were loved and awarded in various festivals. After Hours comes back with films such us Sausage Party, The Greasy Strangler and the zombie movie “Train to Busan” from South Korea.
The Festival introduces us also in the work of Maren Ade -whose latest film Toni Erdmann was loved in Cannes- and polish director Tomasz Wasilewski.
This year, some of the best Italian films, worthy representatives of a new movement of change in italian cinema, will be presented at the festival, as part of the section “Italian Film Days”. Paolo Virzi’s new film “La Pazza Goia” will be screened and the protagonist Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will be in Greece for the premiere.
The film pays tribute to Nikolas Triantafyllidis, the greek director who died recently. His filmography that includes films like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me and Black Milk will be presented during the festival, while a music event will take place in Gagarin, Triantafyllidis’ music venue.
As far as new greek films are concerned, there is an interesting selection: L’ Ultima Piaggia the documentary which screened at Cannes, along with films such as Bliss by Christos Pytharas, Interlude, City of a Dead Woman by Angela Ismailos, Nocturne by Constantinos Frangopoulos and Pedro Noula by Karolos Zonaras. Also, there will be a selection of greek short films.
TICKET AND FESTIVAL PASS PRE-SALES
Festival Passes are available for pre-sale starting September 14 at 3pm at all festival venue box offices (Odeon Opera 1&2, Ideal, Lais). Admission is allowed upon display of your festival pass and ticket.
Single ticket pre-sales start on September 16. For more information on ticketing and points-of-sale will be released soon on www.cinemag.gr & www.aiff.gr
Just like last year, the ticket and festival pass prices for the Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights remain fixed.
€4: Press screenings
€5: Matinee screenings (starting at 19:55)
€6: General screenings (starting at 20:00)
5-film pass: 20€ (SOLD OUT)
10-film pass: 35€
20-film pass: 60€ (including an invitation to the Opening Night Ceremony)