Detailed Programme

Detailed Programme


31st Panorama of European Cinema

November 22 – December 5, Trianon Cinema

Opening ceremony: November 21st at Ideal Cinema


The Panorama of European Cinema, Athens’ oldest film festival, is this year held from the 22nd of November until the 5th of December at Trianon Cinema. The official opening ceremony will be held separately on the 21st of November at Ideal Cinema. Parallel events will also be held in different venues.

The focal point of this year’s 31st Panorama is the rich, polymorphous and often surprising world of women. The festival reintroduces the diverse roles of women through cinema, from the newest to the oldest. If The Future is Woman as Marco Ferreri was telling us 34 years ago, that future is already here, therefore the 31st Panorama of European Cinema has resolved to offer women the main part in this year’s programme of events.

It is our pleasure and honour to host in this year’s Panorama of European Cinema the Greek-Italian actress Valeria Golino that will present, this time from the director’s chair, her newest film “Euforia”, the Russian actress and director Elizaveta Stishova and her directorial debut “Suleiman Mountain” and Cypriot director Tonia Mishiali and her first feature film “Pause”.

In recognition of their services to the art of the cinema, the Panorama’s Special Award will be presented to: composer Michalis Christidoulidis, director Tony Lycouresis and actress Vera Krouska.


International Competition Section

Following the annual tradition, recent European productions compete for the prize by participating in an international competition. This year’s prizes will be awarded by the juries of The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), the Greek Film Critics Association (PEKK) and the Panorama’s directors’ committee, while the Audience Award will be awarded by the Athinorama Magazine readers’ committee.


The competing films are:

Agape (2017, Croatia, 87’). Veteran director Branko Schmidt, one of the most distinctive representatives of Croatian cinematography, returns with “Agape”, a pointed criticism about a society in decline, church practices and a neglected youth.

Alone at My Wedding (2018, Belgium, 121’). Romanian Marta Bergman makes her directorial debut in this feature film describing the journey of young Roma Pamela as she tries to break away from the traditions that suffocate her.

The Gentle Indifference of the World (2018, Kazakhstan, France, 100’). An epic story of innocent love in a world obsessed with wealth and power from independent director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. The film was an official selection in the category “Un Certain Regard” of the Cannes Film Festival.

Jumpman (2018, Russia, Ireland, Lithuania, France, 90’). This is the third feature film by Russian Ivan I. Tverdovsky about a boy with congenital analgesia. The film received a Special Jury Mention in 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Suleiman Mountain (2017, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, 101’). Russian director Elizaveta Stishova makes an impressive directorial debut with an unusual story set in the Kyrgyz mountains about a marginalized man, his two wives and his missing son.

The Trial (2018, The Netherlands, 125’). Award-winning filmmaker Sergey Loznitsa’s documentary on one of the first trials orchestrated by Stalin, in which the prosecutors, witnesses, defendants and judges lie to both the audience and themselves.

Winter Flies (2018, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, France, 85’). A comical road-trip celebrating youth’s innocence and spontaneity from Slovenian Olmo Omerzu, recipient of the Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Back Held Hands (2017, Greece, 104’). In this film by experienced filmmaker Nikos Kornilios the relationships between the members of a family of actors denote the spiritual apex and immunity of genius. The main roles are played by Kostas Arzoglou, Aurora Marion and Katia Leclerc O’ Wallis. The film was officially selected to participate in São Paulo International Film Festival and the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

Pause (2018, Greece, Cyprus, 96’). Making her directorial debut in a feature film, Tonia Mishiali approaches the timeless subject of relationship deterioration within marriage. The film premiered internationally at the “East of West” Competitive Section at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The Stolen Caravaggio (2018, Italy, 110’). Two years after The Confessions, trenchant Roberto Andò returns with a clever dramedy about the power of cinema.

The Summer House (2018, Italy – France, 127’). A film by the familiar to Greek audiences Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. A semi-autobigraphical film, Tedeshi is also acting in the film playing the role of a recently divorced director.


World Cinema Premieres

The section “World Cinema Premieres” includes six movies produced this year that have participated in large international festivals, premiering now under the auspices of the 31st Panorama. This year’s films are: Ayka by Kazak director Sergey Dvortsevoy, nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival, which is to be screened at the festival’s closing ceremony, Dovlatov by Russian director Aleksey German Jr, nominated for a Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, Yuli by director Icial Bollain, a family drama unfolding amidst the Spanish crisis, Approach, a multiple-perspective film by veteran filmmaker Tony Lycouresis and The Mountain Tears, which follows the odyssey of a party of stonemasons by Stelios Charalampopoulos.

It will also be the Greek national premiere of Euforia, the new film by internationally acclaimed actress Valeria Golino who sits in the director’s seat for a second time. After its screening in Cannes but before its release in Greek cinemas by StraDa Films, Euforia will open the 31st Panorama of European Cinema. The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 21st at Ideal Cinema, and will be attended by the Greek-Italian star that is also to converse with the audience.

Opening ceremony tickets can be purchased beforehand at Ideal Cinema.


The 31st Panorama programme also includes the following tributes:

7 Women – 7 Films

The seven international films selected for this year’s tribute have a definitive, distinctive, absolute female protagonist. Those films are: The Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg (which established Marlene Dietrich as an international star), My Life to Live, one of the most notable films of nouvelle vague starring Jean-Luc Godard’s muse, Anna Karina, Ingmar Bergmann’s masterpiece Persona, Luis Bunuel’s greatest box office success Belle de Jour starring Catherine Deneuve, The Double Life of Véronique, the film that established Krzysztof Kieslowski in international cinematography, diverse Sally Potter’s Orlando and the deeply political film The Girl with Golden Hair by “our own” Tony Lycouresis, which this year celebrates its 40-year anniversary since its premiere in 1978.


Journalists/ Novelists inspire directors

One of the most interesting programmes of the Panorama is that of the section dedicated to films based on the works of novelists that began their careers as journalists – a tribute organised in collaboration with the Educational Department of ESIEA (Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers). During this tribute we’ll be shown films from journalists/writers such as Jack London (The Sea Wolf, dir. Michael Curtiz), Ernest Hemingway (To Have and Have Not, dir. Howard Hawks), Alberto Moravia (Contempt, dir. Jean-Luc Godard), Edgar Allan Poe (The Pit and the Pendulum, dir. Roger Corman), Samuel Fuller (Park Row, dir. Samuel Fuller himself), Hunter Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, dir. Terry Gilliam), Nikos Kazantzakis (The Last Temptation of Christ, dir. Martin Scorsese) and Vasilis Vasilikos (Z, dir. Costa Gavras).


Nikos Papatakis – 100 years since his birth

Celebrating the 100-year anniversary since the birth of Nikos Papatakis, the Panorama is honored to present a retrospective on the work of one of the foremost filmmakers of Greek Diaspora. During this feature the films screened include: Les Abysses (1963), based on the theatrical play The Maids by Jean Genet and an object of analysis of many French intellectuals, The Shepherds of Calamity (1967), an allegory of the society during the military junta in Greece, Gloria Mundi (1976) which caused uproar and was withdrawn from Parisian cinemas from the first week of screening, La Photo (1986), one of Papatakis’ most lyrical films and Les équilibristes (1992), a distinctive, revealing portrait of writer, poet and circus enthusiast Jean Genet.


Tonia Marketaki and Frieda Liappa

The 31st Panorama of European cinema pays tribute to two Greek female filmmakers that stood out in the male-dominated world of domestic cinematography of their time, leaving their indelible mark. Two-and-a-half decades after their deaths, the works of Frieda Liappa and Tonia Marketaki continue to enjoy widespread acceptance inspiring young filmmakers of both sexes. The films chosen for this tribute are: Love Wanders in the Night (dir. Frieda Liappa, 1981, 90’), It was a Quiet Death (dir. Frieda Liappa, 1986, 88’), The Years of the Big Heat (dir. Frieda Liappa, 1991, 94’), The Price of Love (dir. Tonia Marketaki, 1984, 110’), Crystal Nights (dir. Tonia Marketaki, 1992, 138’).


Special screenings

In the context of special screenings, the Panorama organizes three mini-screenings dedicated in memory of the Greek film director and writer Kostas Vrettakos, the Japanese Akira Kurosawa (in cooperation with the Greek Film Critics Association) and the Danish Carl Theodor Dreyer.

The passion of Joan of Arc (Dir.: Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928, France, 97’)

A masterpiece of silent film that watches the trial of Joan of Arc. Based on the trial’s authentic records, it is considered a landmark in film history, due to its exceptional production, astonishing scenery and original costumes as well as Dreyer’s extraordinary directness and skillfulness. The emblematic performance by Renee Maria Falconetti, is rated among the best performances in history.

The film will be screened on Sunday, November 25th, accompanied by an original live music performance by the composer Nikos Platanos.

Ikiru (Dir.:Akira Kurosawa, 1952, Japan, 143’)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant who spends his day at the office with the other bureaucrats doing absolutely nothing. After some medical examinations he finds out that he is dying from cancer and his last will is to give his life a meaning. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Festival.

The Children of Helidona (Dir.: Kostas Vrettakos, 1987, Greece, 118’)

During the civil war, six brothers from the village Helidona, are separated. Three of them join the guerrillas and the rest go to the city, in search of a better life. 40 years later, when one of the brothers dies, the others gather in the village. They look through their lives, discuss, recall, regret. The film swept the board at the 28th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


Short films from students of Schools of Film Studies

The Panorama of European Cinema supports short films and gives the floor to the students from two ambitious Schools of Film, the Horme Pictures and the New York College, to show to the public their first cinematic attempts. In its 31st version, the festival will show nine short films which highlight the big thematic and aesthetic variety of quests of the new cinematographers.


Parallel events

Art exhibition “7” curated by Yiannis Psychopedis

7 women creators choose 7 films from the Greek and European cinema and open an artistic dialogue with them.

Participating: Ifigenia Avramopoulou, Peny Monogiou, Aliki Pappa, Vaso Tzouti, Despina Tsakni, Despina Flessa, Elena Chasalevri.

Opening: Tuesday, November 13th at 19.00, STOart Koraïs Gallery (4 Koraïs st.-inside the arcade)

Duration: until December 6th, Monday-Friday, 10:00-20:00


Masterclass: Valeria Golino

The film director and actress will share with the promising film directors and cinema lovers her years of experience in the international cinematic firmament.

Wednesday, November 21st at 12:00, Lecture room of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers(JUADN) Cultural Foundation (20 Acadimias st., 3rd floor)


Open discussion: “The female characters in the Greek Cinema”

The names of the participants will be announced soon.

Friday, November 23rd at 12:00, at the bookstore Ianos (24 Stadiou st.)


The Panorama of European Cinema is organized under the artistic direction of Ninos Fenek-Mikelidis.


Committees of the Competition Section

Greek Film Critics Association Jury: Giagos Andiochos, Kostas Zaligas, Giannis Papadopoulos.

The jury of FIPRESCI is composed of: Mariola Wiktor from Poland (Kino Magazyn Filmowy), Maksim Kaziuchits from Russia (Telecinet, Iskusstvo Kino) and Nestoras Poulakos (head editor

The Panorama Jury is composed of the film directors: Vasilis Vafeas, Marina Danezi and Tonis Lykouresis.

The Audience Award presents a five-member committee from readers of the “Athinorama” magazine.



General admission: 5€ (except opening and closing ceremonies)

5-screening pass card: 15€

10-screening pass card: 30€

Like every year, we give the opportunity to the unemployed and people with disabilities to watch all of the program’s films for free. In particular, for every screening 10 free tickets will be provided to those interested, subject to availability. The tickets will be distributed in a first come first served basis at the cinema’s box-office 45 minutes before the starting of the screening. For free entrance it is required physical presence of the person for whom the ticket is issued, as well as presentation of valid certified unemployment or disability card together with personal identity.