The Greek film Archive presents a comprehensive tribute to the Greek queer cinema, with a selection of 38 short and feature films dating from the late 1960s to the present day, that showcase a lesser-known chapter in the history of Greek cinema. The tribute, which was first presented at the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will take place from December 13 to 19.
The line-up is comprised of rare films that laid the foundations of the genre, others that were unable to reach the public in conservative times, but also films that contributed in people coming out of the closet, as well as the works that established the New Greek queer cinema and introduced it to audiences abroad.
The tribute is curated by Konstantinos Kyriakos, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film Studies at the Department of Theatre Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Patras, Greece. As he notes: “What is even more important is the radical gesture to organize a retrospective tribute to queer/gay Greek cinema. A tribute that, on the basis of selective criteria features a combination of films that are undoubtedly part of the gay/queer trend of the Greek cinema: some pioneering and unique, others justifiably honoured and awarded in Greece and abroad, and others unfairly unappreciated; all, however, representative”.
The tribute will open with Konstantinos Giannaris’ films Trojans (1990) and A place in the Sun (1994) in the presence of the film director, followed by a Q&A session.
A limited number of tickets will be available.
On Saturday, December 15th at 16:45 don’t miss a discussion titled The Image and Social Rights, with the participation of film director and academic Antoinetta Angelidi, the president of the Greek Transgendered Support Association Marina Galanou, the director-screenwriter Panagiotis Evangelidis, the film director Iris Zachmanidis, the Greek Film Archive General Secretary of the Board of Directors Maria Komninou, the University of Patras professor, Konstantinos Kyriakos, and the film director Takis Spetsiotis. The discussion will address the General Secretary for Human Rights, Maria Υannakaki. The event takes place under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Human Rights.
Tickets: 5 euros. A weekly card at 40 and 20 euros (reduced) will also be available.
Greek Film Archive (48 Iera Odos & Megalou Alexandrou, metro station Kerameikos, tel. 210 3612046).