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The selection of Elefsis as cultural capital of Europe in 2021 has made me think how our festivals could be linked with this important event: The Cinematheque of Greece is built on Iera Odos, the sacred street which led the faithful from Athens to participate in the initiations for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis. Cinema itself has the character of a sacred ritual, which has either been compared to a modern equivalent of Plato’s cave, to reception in a state of distraction (Benjamin), or a return to the mirror stage (Metz).

Thus Greek mythology serves as inspiration for poetic itineraries such as that of Orpheus who in the guise of an 18th century poet engages in dialogue with the great romantic tradition of western literature in the flux of the itinerary from life to death (Jean Cocteaux, Testament of Orpheus, 1960). Film as a dream and the dream as canvas for engaging with majestically composed tableaux vivantes, in which three characters living in parallel worlds, confront the major dilemmas of human existence: destiny vs free will, contingency vs certainty (Antoinetta Angelidi, Thief or Reality, 2001). Dream is again the canvas of the story of two boys and a girl who are in a liminal state, between life and death, between sexes, between dream and reality. With an impressive pace which takes the spectators to an unexpected initiation voyage (Angelos Frantzis, In the Woods, 2010).

The idea of a sacred ritual is sought in confrontation between Greek mythologies and other continents mythologies in the rituals of the Tarahumaras, who observed by Carasco according to Brenez, “are neither raped nor pillaged, but are depicted following the traces of Antonin Artaud” (Raymonde Carasco, Artaud and the Tarahumaras, 1996). Hogarth’ s engravings the four stages of cruelty inspire a meditation on Artaud stressing his links with the great mystic Heliogabalus, his search for his past in the Orient as well as his addiction to opium (Vouvoula Skoura, The Four Stages of Cruelty for Antonin Artaud). The ritual of fire walking has been masterly caught by the lenses of Roussos Koundouros (Roussos Koundouros, Anastenaria).

Maria Komninos

O_kleftis_pragmatikotita
24
Oct 2018
Wednesday / 18:00

Thief or Reality

Thief or Reality Μυθοπλασία / Fiction Ελλάδα / Greece, 2001, 80′ 35mm, Έγχρ. / Color Με ήχο / Sound Σκηνοθεσία … Read more →

Ta_tessera_stadia
25
Oct 2018
Thursday / 18:00

The four stages of cruelty for Antonin Artaud

The four stages of cruelty for Antonin Artaud Βίντεο προσχέδιο / Video Draft, Ελλάδα / Greece, 2008, 13′, DCP, Έγχρ., … Read more →

H_Artw
25
Oct 2018
Thursday / 18:00

Artaud and the Tarahumaras

Artaud et les Tarahumaras Εθνογραφικό ντοκιμαντέρ / Ethnographic documentary, Γαλλία / France, 1996, 52′, SD File, Έγχρ. Ασπρόμαυρο / Color, … Read more →

Anastenaria
25
Oct 2018
Thursday / 18:00

Anastenaria

Anastenaria Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary Ελλάδα / Greece, 1959, 15′ Digibeta, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Με ήχο / Sound Σκηνοθεσία … Read more →

H_diathiki_Orphea
28
Oct 2018
Sunday / 17:30

Testament of Orpheus

Testament d’Orphée Βιογραφία / Biography, Γαλλία / France, 1960, 77′, DCP, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Με ήχο / Sound … Read more →

Mesa_sto_dasos
28
Oct 2018
Sunday / 21:30

In the Woods

In the Woods Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Ελλάδα / Greece, 2010, 97′, 35mm, Έγχρ. / Color, Με ήχο / Sound Ελληνικά … Read more →

The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.