A symposium of radical film from contemporary Greece.
Athens Now! is a programme of film routed in and responding to the humanitarian crisis as experienced by the people of Greece since 2008. These films cover the struggle of the past seven years, and demonstrate a positive and creative outcome beyond the inevitability of Europe’s collapse.
Guest curated by Stanley Schtinter.
Stanley Schtinter’s focus is on film as ‘liberating application in the margins in search of the real world’. He regularly collaborates with experimental filmmaker/musician Frans Zwartjes, and recently released their compositions through his label purge.xxx. He curated Iain Sinclair’s year-long film season, 70×70, and is currently writing a feature film to be directed by Chris Petit. He has exhibited and curated work internationally at venues including Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Barbican (London). He lives and works in Athens and London.
Special thanks to Gareth Evans, Anja Kirschner and Coil Magazine.
Flying Anarchists, Dir. Hellenic Police Force, 2014
Exarcheia (central Athens): 06/12/2014. Police helicopter footage of flying anarchists.
Theraikos Orthos (Theraik Dawn), Dir. Kostas Sfikas, Stavros Tornes, 1967
A bittersweet tribute to the island of Santorini and the first wave of tourists to arrive there.
As to Posterity, Dir. Marina Gioti, 2014
Athens of the near future: devoid of humans, a picturesque expedition of metal and plastic debris as the new Greek Ruins.
Return to Aeolus Street, Dir. Maria Kourkouta, 2013
The ghosts of Greek cinema.
The Divided Line, Dir. Stephane Charpentier, 2013-2014
Radically and emphatically documents the humanitarian fallout of the austerity measures imposed upon Greece.
STEPHEN WATTS READS THREE POEMS BY YANNIS RITSOS
Performance: The Boy
Alexander Voulgaris AKA The Boy is a director, actor and musician known for his work with Mary & The Boy, and on films including Dogtooth, The Sentimentalists and Higuita.
Titloi Telous (Out of Frame), Yorgos Zois, 2012
Hundreds of empty billboards across Greece say more than the adverts they once held.
Accidental Prosecution of an Anarchist, Diakoptes Athens, 2013
Radical film cooperative, Dioptres, cover the unlawful prosecution of anarchist T. Sispas.
READING OF THREE POEMS BY KATERINA GOGOU
(in English and Greek, from the 1983 publication ‘Three Clicks Left’)
Katerina Gogou: Reinstating the Dark Side (introduced by the director). Dir. Antonis Boskoitis, 2012
Katerina Gogou: actress, poet and militant anarchist remembered by the people whose lives she touched.