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A Second Viewing | Takis Kanellopoulos

33rd PANORAMA OF EUROPEAN CINEMA

Wednesday 25/11 to Friday 4/12

will be held online for the first time

through CINESQUARE platform

(cinesquare.net)

 

This year's 33rd edition will take place online and for free,

making the festival more accessible to a wider audience.


As every year the programme of the Panorama includes the

International Competition Section as well as selected thematic tributes.

The full programme of the Festival will be gradually announced in the following days.

 

Today we present you two more tributes:

 “A Second Viewing” Tribute - Greek films that did not get the distribution they deserved

and a short tribute to Takis Kanellopoulos' work.

 

A SECOND VIEWING

 

"It is a sad fact that in recent decades, the distribution of Greek films has been random and casual. The few distributors who decide to distribute a Greek film to movie theatres, usually try to fit these films in the programme among other "more commercial" films or stand in queue to have them screened at the end of the season, when the moviegoers' attendance to movie theatres starts to diminish. From time to time, consultants in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Greek Film Centre's Board of Directors and other experts have proposed or tried to propose a plan, ways to solve this problem, such as the decision of the Greek Film Centre in the 80's to subsidize movie theatres to screen a certain number of Greek films. This year's tribute entitled "A Second Viewing" aims to showcase the films that for those or other reasons -that have nothing to do with the film's artistic value- did not get the distribution they deserved. All the above regarding the Greek distribution market need to be discussed as soon as possible by those who are concerned -directors, producers, unions of the film industry and the State it self- if we want the domestic market to be supported, as it happens in other European countries."

-Ninos-Fenek Mikelides - Director of Panorama

 

The following films will be screened (alphabetically):

 

Do It Yourself (2017)

Forever (2014)

Forget Me Not (2014)

Hail Arcadia (2015)

Lines (2016)

Norway (2014)

Onslaught (Risalto) (2016)

Smac (2015)

 

 

TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS: DEFINING HIS TIME

 

"Takis Kanellopoulos introduced us to the enchanting realm of human psyche and emotions, in the early 60's, at the height of the "golden" era of Greek cinema. When "Finos Films" filled movie theaters screening after screening with glittering commercial cinematic products. At a time when, in full contrast to the dominant mainstream/commercial tradition that prevailed among the wide audience -and among the audience of Thessaloniki Film Festival as well- where the structure of a film and its outcome was determined by the wishes of its spectators and the film director was reminiscent of an orchestra director (regarding his function), emerged a cinema in which the director himself was the whole orchestra by playing all the instruments (or most of them) by himself, conveying to us his personal view of the environment that his camera captured. This tendency coincided with the French New Wave, the British Free Cinema, the Brazilian Cinema Novo – currents that are linked to the cinema of the auteur.

The incurably romantic Kanellopoulos managed to transform all those, newly found artistic values in the most ideal (and indigenous) way, constituting together with Cacoyannis and Koundouros a tight triptych behind which all the "outsiders" and "underdogs" of the current establishment would initially join. Beginning with the all-encompassing and enthusiastic screening of the documentary "Macedonian Wedding" (September 23, 1960 at Thessaloniki Film Festival) and the internationally acclaimed anti-war masterpiece "Glory Sky" (1962), Kanellopoulos challenges the swampy certainty of his time and gives us consecutive emotional uplifts as he aligns the lines of the faces and the souls of his protagonists with the endless horizon.

With the same subversive passion, this uncompromising auteur, an anti-conformist, a hermit, who refused to fit in his time, will continue with persistence to embrace such topics as the humans' relationships, love, and life's agonies in his films "Excursion", "Parenthsesi" and "Romantic Note; films that despite the fact that they were underrated and overlooked at their time, remain today prominent examples of an innovative cinema that has lost none of its power and beauty."

-Text: Panagiotis Giannelis

 

The following films will be screened (alphabetically):

 

Excursion (1966)

Sky (1962)

Romantic Note (1978)

 

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