The Metapolítefsi* Blues

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In the tradition that began last year with “The Other Eighties” segment, the Greek program of the 8th Athens Avant-garde Film Festival presents the “Metapolitefsi Blues” and, through them, the despondency of the period of the regime-change. With the fall of the dictatorship and the reinstatement of democracy, basic human rights were temporarily restored, while the political choices made during that period appeared to support an optimistic outlook. Cinema shook off censorship and was no longer forced to resort to allegory, promoting instead a cinematic style which was political and militant. Besides the founders of New Greek Cinema (An- gelopoulos, Voulgaris), there were film directors who distinguished themselves, whose oeuvre was either forgotten (Dimitris Dimogerontakis); or marked the beginning of an important career (Vassilis Vafeas, Christoforos Christofis, Dimitris Markis); or confirmed the existence of a great talent (Lambros Liaropoulos).
Survival anxiety, an ever-changing social identity and a wandering in human existence – all these were common topics to be filmed and came to represent a new dimension of the post-junta world. In these films, their directors precisely recorded or elaborated, with the help of fiction, their concerns and questions regarding the end of an era and the dawn of a new one – different, but not cloudless, at least as it’s portrayed in Arpa Colla and Lefteris Dimakopoulos.

Ursula-Helen Cassavetes

*The Metapolítefsi, translated as “polity” or “regime change”, was a period in Greek history that includes the transitional period after the fall of the dictatorship in 1974 to the legislative elections of the same year and the democratic period immediately following those elections.

Nov 2014
Thursday / 22:00

The Dark Recording of a Heliography

The Dark Recording of a Heliography Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελλάδα/ Greece, 1977, 85′ 35mm, α/μ/b&w, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/ Direction-Screenplay: Δημήτρης Δημογεροντάκης/ Dimitris … Read more →

Nov 2014
Friday / 18:00

From Friday to Monday

From Friday to Monday Ντοκιμαντέρ/Documentary, Ελλάδα/Greece, 1975, 17 ́ 35mm, Α-Μ/B&W, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction-Screenplay: Βασίλης Βαφέας/Vassilis Vafeas Φωτογραφία/Cinematography: Γιώργος Καβάγιας/Yorgos … Read more →

Nov 2014
Friday / 18:00

The Other Letter

The Other Letter Ντοκιμαντέρ/Documentary, Ελλάδα/Greece, 1976, 73 ́ Beta Digital Original, Α-Μ/Β&W, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction- Screenplay: Λάμπρος Λιαρόπουλος/ Lambros Liaropoulos … Read more →

Nov 2014
Saturday / 20:00


Wandering Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελλάδα/GR, 1979, 95 ́ 35mm, Έγχρ./Color, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction-Screenplay: Χριστόφορος Χριστοφής/ Christoforos Christofis Φωτογραφία/Cinematography: Ανδρέας Μπέλλης/ Andreas Bellis … Read more →

Nov 2014
Thursday / 18:00


 Lefteris Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελλάδα/Greece, 1993, 107 ́, 35mm, Έγχρ./Color, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction- Screenplay: Περικλής Χούρσογλου/ Periklis Hoursoglou Φωτογραφία/Cinematography: Σταμάτης Γιαννούλης/ Stamatis … Read more →

Nov 2014
Sunday / 20:00

The Iron Gate

The Iron Gate Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελλάδα/ Greece, 1978, 125 ́ Beta SP Original, Έγχρ./Color, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία/Direction: Δημήτρης Μακρής/Dimitris Makris Σενάριο/Screenplay: Δημήτρης … Read more →

Nov 2014
Monday / 22:00

Arpa Colla

Arpa Colla Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελλάδα/Greece, 1982, 98 ́ 35mm, Έγχρ./Color, με ήχο/sound Σκηνοθεσία-Σενάριο/Direction-Screenplay: Νίκος Περάκης/Nikos Perakis Φωτογραφία/Cinematography: Γ. Πανουσόπουλος/G. Panousopoulos Μοντάζ/Editing: … Read more →

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