1821 and the Wars of Independence

33rd Panorama of European Cinema-online edition

will be held from 25/11 to 4/12

through CINESQUARE platform



"1821 and the Wars of Independence"


A brief note from the artistic director of the Festival Ninos Fenek Mikelides:




"The Bicentenary anniversary since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821 -which Greece will be celebrating officially in 2021- brings to fore the universal issue of the struggles for independence, struggles that, as we know, waged throughout the course of time, from antiquity until the present days. The subject of these struggles for freedom and independence, its preparations, the risings and the battles themselves have always been an inspiration to film-makers all over the world.

Among hundreds of films that have commemorated revolutions in the history of cinema -both during the silent and in the sound era- we picked just a few, as a brief taste of what is to follow in the upcoming year: We showcase "Byron: Ballad for a Daemon" by Greek director Nikos Koundouros, "La nuit de Varennes" by Ettore Scola, a story that recounts an incident in the course of the French Revolution, "Allonsanfàn" by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, a film about the failure of one of the Italian uprisings, "Reed, Insurgent Mexico" by Paul Leduc, covering Pancho Villa's struggle for Mexican Independence, and finally Miklós Jancsó's film "Red Psalm" which centers around a small peasants' revolt on the Hungarian plains at the end of the 19th century." -Ninos Fenek Mikelides


The following films will be screened (alphabetically):


Allonsanfàn - Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Byron: Ballad for a Daemon (Μπάιρον: Η μπαλάντα ενός δαιμονισμένου) - Nikos Koundouros

Red Psalm (Még kér a nép) - Miklós Jancsó

Reed, Insurgent Mexico - Paul Leduc

That Night in Varennes (La nuit de Varennes)- Ettore Scola