Avant-garde Film Festival, an initiative of the Greek Film Archive
Foundation, aims at cultivating a new cinephilia, to mark the
move of Tainiothiki at the Lais movie theatre.Thus a festival
which proposes a rich programme that combines contemporary and
pre-war avantgarde cinema with the gender problematic and films
proposing debates on aesthetic and social critique.
The festival is organised around two main events. An expansive
exhibition of the work of VALIE EXPORT at the Athens School of
Fine Arts and film screenings at the Trianon movie theatre, together
with lectures by visiting artists, which will take place at the
auditoriums of the Athens Journalists’ Guild
and Athens University.The Greek public will thus be presented with
the opportunity to meet some of the most important artists of the
contemporary avant-garde, of which and most prominent is the Austrian
artist VALIE EXPORT, who has developed her unique style in her
work as a performance and installations artist and as a filmmaker.
A brief reference to the other important artists, events and themes
that compose the festival is necessary:
of the film Seven Easy Pieces, by Marina Abramovic΄ by
of the work of Germaine Dulac, the French writer, journalist
and filmmaker, who pioneered the avant-garde movement before
that arise from the dialogue of gender studies are revealed in
the tributes to Helke Sander and Laura Mulvey.The former worked
within the framework of the radicalisation of the students’ and
in Germany in 1968, while the latter, a leading theorist,
returns to her classic essay Visual Pleasures and Narrative Cinema
with the collaboration of Emma Hedditch.
tribute to Greek women auteurs Eleni Alexandraki and Maria Iliou,
who explore the subjects of repatriation and female identity.
Tribute to Udi Aloni.The Israeli artist examines the roots
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reveals his mastery in
tribute to Greek avant-garde cinema is especially interesting.
It comprises two films by Costas Sfikas, one inspired by Marx’s
Capital and the other by Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
It also presents two films by Antouanetta Angelidi,
who has created a unique style of avantgarde and gender
poetics.The section also features a documentary by
Stella Theodoraki, a performance by Pepi Rigopoulou
based on her latest book, and new and interesting composition
by Marsa Makris on violence.
Greek documentary section features two award-winning films, one
by Alida Dimitriou on the women who fought in the Greek resistance,
and the other by Vouvoula Skoura, which is on the Lebanese
poet Etal Adnan.
digital blog in which five well-known Greek directors – Lena
Voudouri, Despina Karvela, Giorgos Karypidis,Thanasis
Skroumbelos and Alexandros Papailiou – focus
tribute to Balkan filmmakers, held in collaboration with the
Thessaloniki International Film festival and SEEDOX. It will
be accompanied by a round-table discussion on Balkan cinema production.
from the Amsterdam Biennale and the Netherlands Film Museum
featuring the masters of Dutch avant-garde filmmakers, and curated
by Mark-Paul Meyer, curator of the Dutch Film Archive.
last year’s initiative to support young
artists, the festival presents the work of
students of the University of Athens Media Department, the Athens School of Fine
Arts, the Thessaloniki University Film Studies Department and the Thessaly
University Department of Architecture.
believe that our programme will provide a challenging and creative
Festival for all Athenians, as well as intellectual stimulation
and aesthetic pleasures to the cinephiles.
as a Way of Life
word “avant-garde” regains its original subversive
significance at the 5th Avant-garde Film Festival, organised
by the Greek Film Archive Foundation. Over the course of ten
days (May 13-22) film buffs and every restless Athenian art aficionado
will be ‘bombarded’ with documentaries,
shorts and features, as well as with lectures by pioneering artists
who once influenced, and who continue to influence, our outlook on
the events that take place within us and around us.This, after all,
is the very essence of the avant-garde movement.
its avant-garde festivals, the Greek Film Archive Foundation
has succeeded in establishing an institution that promotes the
diversity of the cinematic idiom and cultivates the growth of
a new appreciation of cinema.
year the 5th Festival reveals modern-day trends in avant-garde
cinema but also casts a retrospective glance on those of the
early 20th century. It showcases the restoration and digitisation
work of the Film Archive and actively participates in establishing
a network of film archive foundations from around the world.
Furthermore, the festival endeavours to build bridges in Southeast
Europe and the Balkans by screening films from neighbouring countries
in an effort to create a better understanding of our respective
cultures. However, the true stars of this year’s
event are women filmmakers.
The highlight of this festival is
the tribute to one of the most challenging figures of the international
art scene, Austrian artist, performer, filmmaker and theorist
VALIE EXPORT. Parallel tributes will also be held for other prominent
women in cinema, such as Germaine Dulac, Helke Sander and Laura
Mulvey, as well as Greek women filmmakers.
Avant-garde Film Festival is organised in close collaboration
with the City of Athens Cultural Organisation.The aims and pursuits
of this festival are attuned to our own vision of culture in
Athens: a constant and lively pursuit of new perspectives and
encounters between artists and citizens, with the aim of handing
the torch of artistic questioning to every citizen. As president
of the Cultural Organisation, but also as a woman, I firmly believe
in a cultural organisation that walks along the new paths forged
by art, that supports true creativity and resists the narrow-mindedness
that so often befalls such state-run bodies. Besides, our slogan,
as we have so often said, is “Culture
as a Way of Life”.
President of the Board of the Cultural Organisation of the City