Greece: Cine Special

» New Home for Film Archive

The Greek Film Archive (Tainiothiki) is moving into a new building, on the premises of the old cinema Lais, in the Gazi district, downtown Athens. The official opening of the new headquarters of the Greek Film Archive is scheduled for October 1st, and will extend over four days with various events and an Avant-Garde Film Festival from October 5-14.  The new building is equipped with two screening theatres (a 200-seat and a 60-seat one) as well as a library and a museum dedicated to cinema in Greece and the history of the Greek Film Archive.

The Film Archive sprang from the activity of the Athens Cinematography Association, which was established in 1950 by the Athens Association of Film Critics. Nowadays it boasts over 10,000 titles by Greek and foreign directors and over 1 million meters of film containing rare footage from newsreels to professional and home movies.  AthensPlus (18.9.09): Greek Film Archive finds a new home ( p.35)

» Films Nominated for European Awards

Two Greek films – “Strella” (photo) by Panos Koutras and “Dogtooth” by Yorgos Lanthimos – have been nominated for the European Film Academy Awards.  Every year the Awards honour achievements in European cinema, among them European Film, European Director, European Actress and Actor. This year’s awards ceremony will take place on December 12 in the German city of Bochum.   “Dogtooth” won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival last May while “Strella” competed last winter at the Berlinale.

» Actors Filming in Mykonos

Greek-Australian actors Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo are currently shooting on Myconos island “Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos,” a sequel of “Wog Boy,” which grossed 13.4 million Australian dollars.  Secretariat General of Information: About Greece – Cinema