20th Athens Panorama of European Cinema
Greece, October 11 - October 21 2007
“Panorama of European Cinema” is the eldest film festival in Athens. It has been twenty years since the Greek daily newspaper “Eleftherotypia” first organized it. Presently, “Eleftherotypia” manages the festival with the assistance of our college Ninos Feneck Mikelides. It is the place where audiences have the opportunity to watch rare and interesting film retrospectives as well as recent European cinema.
The festival took place in the middle of October with an excellent program. It presented retrospectives — of the films by Ken Loach, Monte Hellman and Orson Welles; “Make Love, Not War” — a collection of works by Robert Altman, Arthur Penn, Michelangelo Antonioni and others; “Cult Movies” — Josef von Sternberg, Tod Browning, Donald J. Cammell, David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino; “Avant Premiere” — the latest films from Ang Lee, Michael Verhoeven, Emir Kusturica and Cristian Mungiu.
The festival hosted two honorary guests: Italian actress Valeria Golino and director Emir Kusturica who received a special trophy from the festival. The winner of the FIPRESCI prize was African film director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, for his recent film Dry Season (Daratt). (Salome Kikaleishvili)