Tag: greece

Berlinale 2018 Review: THE INVISIBLE HANDS, An Unlikely Meeting of Cultures Yields Strange and Beautiful Results

The Invisible Hands, an excellent documentary by Marina Gioti and Georges Salameh, explores the unlikely collaboration between American musical provocateur Alan Bishop and a group of young Egyptian musicians whose lives were upended by the Arab Spring. The film's international...

Sundance 2018 Review: PITY, A Brilliant Portrait of Dangerous Self-Victimization

An unspoken consensus exists among prominent Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Athina Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier), and Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Suntan), regarding the validity of the so-called “Weird Wave.” In their rare eyes, a collective effort at creating similarly themed or...

Sundance 2018 Exclusive: PITY Poster, a Man in a World Not Cruel Enough For Him

The poster for the long-awaited sophomore feature Pity by the L director Babis Makridis arrives

PITY Trailer: The Director of Absurdist L Returns With a Man Existentially Addicted to Sadness

The director of absurd deadpan dramedy L bows with equally intriguing sophomore effort Pity

Warsaw 2016 Review: In PARK, the Greek New Wave Becomes Pan-European

Sofia Exarchou elevates the Greek New Wave to the global level while remaining firmly anchored within it. Park is essentially European affair, a fine example of reverse glocalization, tackling highly actual and profoundly pan-European topic and execution easily transferable beyond the turf of the Old Continent

MEDOUSA: George Lazopoulos Talks His Horror-Fantasy

A middle-aged but still very beautiful, dark-haired woman sits before a mirror admiring her reflection as she puts on the finishing touches of makeup. Through the mirror's view we see a young boy's eyes piercing the reflection of the woman....

Review: CHEVALIER, Men In Competition

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But...

Review: Naivety Goes Awry in Coming-of-Middle-Age Greek Dramedy SUNTAN

Greek cinema had a successful run last year reminding us of the cinematic deluge from Hellenic peninsula we had started to refer to as the Greek New Wave. Besides the already known personalities with international credentials - Athina Rachel Tsangari...

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: NORWAY, A Delightfully Odd Vampire Tale From Greece

If you're craving electronic music, handmade sets and 80s cinema homages aplenty with your basic vampire lore, then Yannis Veslemes' debut feature Norway is one to keep an eye on. By no means a cult classic, the film is wonderfully...

First Images From TALE 52 Director's WEDNESDAY 04:45

It was all the way back in the autumn of 2008 that we first wrote about Greek director Alexis Alexiou and his mind bending debut film Tale 52, a great favorite of ours in the Toronto International Film Festival selection...

Review: THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS, A Decently Weird And Hilariously Illuminating Greek Film

The following is a powerful excerpt from the influential postmodern scribe and great mind, Don DeLillo, vividly illustrating man's paramount prerogative of lacanian fantasy and psycho-hygiene concealed in the inherent virtue of homo sapiens in the novel White Noise. "How...

Vancouver 2013 Dispatch: WOLF CHILDREN, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, And MISS VIOLENCE

Between Wolf Children and Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosoda is establishing himself as a gifted anime auteur (with "anime" functioning as a descriptive word, not a qualifier) whose style, visually and thematically, lies somewhere between Ghibli fare and the work of...

TIFF 2013 Exclusive: Debut Trailer for Greek Thriller STANDING ASIDE, WATCHING (NSFW)

The Toronto International Film Fest is coming up like a speeding freight train and this year the festival's "City To City" program will focus on Athens, Greece. With a new wave of recent Greek films breaking through such as...

DOGTOOTH Director Yorgos Lanthimos Travels To The Future With THE LOBSTER

Dogtooth and Alps director Yorgos Lanthimos is taking an even further step into the weird with his first foray into science fiction -- a dystopian tale of the future, entitled The Lobster. Lanthimos' third collaboration with screenwriter Efthymis Filippou will...