The Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights, in its 21st edition, brings to the Greek audience, through 10 separate sections, some of the world cinema best films, introducing the great upcoming directors and presenting cinema’s modern trends, through not only fiction, but also documentaries.

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Timbuktu is the most important film of 2015 so far and will most likely remain so. A heart-breaking commentary on one of our most terrifying global issues and injustices…

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  • Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    Poker Night: A Tough Market for Indies

    For writer and director Greg Francis, the bulk of his work has been in television, working on shows like Outrageous 911, FBI: Criminal Pursuit and Wicked Attraction. However, recently Francis made his first steps into film. Taking on a lot…

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  • The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line

    The magic of the films of Errol Morris partly can be found in his ability to truly and honestly interview his subjects; at times it seems that his talents as an interviewer know no bounds – by observing each interview…

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  • A Sinner in Mecca

    A Sinner in Mecca

    Sexuality, religion, barbarity and spirituality all come under discussion in A Sinner in Mecca – Parvez Sharma’s follow up to his début A Jihad for Love. Being both a homosexual man and devout Muslim, Sharma explores the supposed contradictions of his sexuality…

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    The clue’s in the title. Documenting the rise of the National Lampoon magazine and its prominence within outrageous humour and American pop-culture, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is the tale of one of contemporary American comedies most…

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  • The Madness of Sincerity

    The Madness of Sincerity

    In the first scene, two boys rush up a rocky hill and thrust two dry branches into the air with their backs to the wind. They are challenged to hold the branch up, in spite of the fierce winds, until…

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  • Sunshine Superman

    Sunshine Superman

    Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man meets James Marsh’s Man on Wire in this triumphant documentary about one man with one intense passion for throwing himself off of cliffs; the art of BASE jumping. For Carl Boenish, sky-diving just wasn’t enough of a thrill. His…

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  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    There are always two sides to every story. Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary explores the rise and fall of The Black Panthers during the civil rights movement; the tyranny they faced, the controversy they caused and the fires they equally stifled…

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  • Scrum


    The Olympics, the Paralympics, Wimbledon; we all recognise that sport unites. In a thick haze of testosterone and adrenaline, Poppy Stockell’s Scrum documents sportsmanship and unity in a whole new light. Meet the Sydney Convicts, rugby champions and devotees. The film’s USP? Well,…

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  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies

    On several occasions in 1968, two profound intellectuals came together to debate and discuss the social and political issues of the time. Televised nationally, these ferocious encounters quickly became explosive verbal battles. In one corner, Gore Vidal – prolific American…

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Reel Insights

Don’t forget to check out our partner film blog,
Hannah McHaffie’s Reel Insights

 The documentary’s intense focus on The Battle of Chile makes it, in some sense, a political film. But it is also a filmmaker’s film; its audience is given an opportunity to watch as an expert filmmaker lets us into his craft, sharing his vision, discussing all of his documentaries, new and old, while for parts of the documentary, the camera focuses on the filmmaking process itself, as Guzman works as though nobody were sitting in his workspace. Read more


  • Marshland


    (original Title: La Isla Mínima) Southern Spain, 1980. The violent murders of two adolescent girls in a distant and forgotten town brings two detectives with different characters together: the violent and insecure Juan (often seen in comic roles, Javier Gutiérrez…

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  • Jamaica Inn

    Jamaica Inn

    Who calls the shots on and off screen at Jamaica Inn? Whose film is this anyway? Is it the great Hitchcock’s? Or Charles Laughton’s? Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Jamaica Inn was the last…

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  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    Our introduction of Don Siegel’s series of cop thrillers is an effortless piece of work that possesses an exciting confidence in itself, moving over new cinematic realms, pushing itself over a new fetish for placing focus on the smallest details…

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  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

     Greg is in his final year of high school. His mother keeps thrusting college guide books under his nose whilst he avoids applying. Greg spends his spare time with Earl – an unlikely companion who he likens to a co-worker…

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  • Learning to Drive

    Learning to Drive

    When her 20 years of marriage comes to an abrupt and painful end, Wendy finds herself heartbroken and unable to move forward – in more ways than one. The process of beginning to move on from her failed marriage is…

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  • The Girl in the Woods

    The Girl in the Woods

    The Girl in the Woods, directed by Tofiq Rzayev who also directed the simple yet affecting Aftermath, is a well-paced and gentle tale of a person’s disappearance and the subsequent uncovering of what happened. In Aftermath, a girl suffers the…

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  • Manglehorn


    An unsettling study of one man’s loneliness, in the wake of his many mistakes, Manglehorn is the uncertain but occasionally gripping new Al Pacino movie. Director David Gordon Green doesn’t manage to maintain the tenacity or conviction he showed at last year’s…

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  • A Brand New You

    A Brand New You

    A Brand New You revolves around three characters, all vastly different, all who are struggling in one form or another. At the centre of the drama is Santiago, a widower who isn’t taking his recent loss very gracefully – writers…

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  • Malady


    While watching Jack James’s Malady, one feels a growing sureness that it possesses the qualities that make up an enduring piece of work; a kind of confidence in itself, and ability to take itself exactly where it wants to be…

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Rarely does a debut feature reach the ambitious heights of Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe. With its bleak aesthetic and harrowing themes of abuse, sexual exploitation, violence and manipulation, this Ukrainian horror drama portrays the cruel happenings in a boarding school for deaf students.

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The two most important qualities in a person, according to 93-year-old fashion icon Iris, are a sense of humour and curiosity. That’s what still keeps her alive and kicking, working and dressing like mad, in love with her 100-year-old witty husband Carl. He calls her child and cheers for his “young wife”…

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Unsung Cult


Aside from cinematography and special effects, The Birds is a remarkable feat of storytelling; like many great novels, the central theme often takes the backseat, as the author, or in this case the filmmaker, plays around with additional little details involving the story’s characters and their personal lives…

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Unsung 90s


What a wistful, loving and heartrending portrayal of a young man; what a poignant story of an impoverished Glasgow neighbourhood during a dustman’s strike in the early seventies. The very talented Lynne Ramsay merges the gritty realism of British cinema with a strange sense of the unreal…

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Unsung Travel


It’s the kind of premise that lets you know a great story is on the way. Though the odds are never quite out of sight, Ride Report maintains an upbeat tempo that brings us along with Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall as they sail over their obstacles in a kind of majestic cocksureness…

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