The Athens International Film Festival - "Opening Nights" (AIFF for short) opens its doors tomorrow (all four of them!) for the 16th year in a row, with movie screenings in four Athens movie theatres. The festival features a competition part (like every self-respecting festival does), Greek films, international films (independent and Hollywood), international premieres, special thematic sections (last year the theme word was "space"; this year it is "hole"), discussions with movie people, after-midnight screenings and -what makes AIFF really stand out in my view- a permanent special section / focus on "films and music", showcasing music documentaries and/or music-related films.
This year the festival runs from 15 to 26 September 2010.
The movie theatres where the screenings take place are: Danaos I and Danaos II (Panormou Metro Station) and Attikon Cinemax Class and Apollon Cinemax Class (Panepistimiou Metro Station). Tickets cost 6€ while morning screenings (at 11:00am and 1:00pm) are only 4€.
Full schedule can be downloaded from the festival's website (.pdf).
Feel free to contact me for any further info.
P.S. And something I only remembered to write about after I went to my first projection this year. The people! There's just something different about going to a festival screening than to an ordinary movie show. You can see all shorts of people, but they all seem to have one thing in common. A sparkle in their face and the eagerness / happiness to be part of something out of the ordinary! A small touch or spice and (movie-) magic when this city needs it the most. Enjoy the show everybody!
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