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Cinema In The Village

Pathenon Film Festival returns for its fourth edition,
taking place between 6 - 8 July 2018.
The Parthenón Film Festival means a 3-day lasting
annual cinematic art-house open-air experience
in the historic environment
of the panoramic situated village
Parthenonas in Sithonia



The Event


The Parthenon Film Festival
celebrates the art of cinematography;
providing an ambitious selection
of classic films from all over the world,
presented at a unique location.
It is an extraordinary experience
for every movie aficionado.

The screening takes place
on the central square of Parthenonas.

Because best things in life should be free,
the admission is free for everyone.
Let’s get together

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The Program


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Limbo (2016)
Directed by: Konstantina Kotzamani | Greece - France | 30'

"With the little kid, the leopard will lie down.
The wolves with the lambs will stay together.
And the little boy will lead them."

A group of children finding themselves on a shore,
confronted in a situation with a whale
washed on the beach.

The cinematographer Konstantina Kotzamani and
the photographer Giorgos Karvelas,
portray a place of religious parables and folk.

"Limbo" participated in the 55th Criticism Week
of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Film,
Direction and Photography Awards
in the Greek Short Film Competition
of the 22nd Athens International Film Festival
"Premiere Nights". [ &]

6 July

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Ταξίδι στη Χώρα των Θαυμάτων | Spirited Away (2001)
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki | Japan | 125'

The 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents
are heading for their new home in the suburbs
when her father decides to cut her way through
a deserted alley.
The family is taking a wrong turn and enters
unknowingly a deserted, magical town
where Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs.
With the help of Haku, a strange child from the town,
Chihoro tries to solve the situation by treating witches,
spirits and all kinds of wonders.

"Disney movies touch the heart,
but Studio Ghibli's films touch the soul."
It's definitely one of the reasons that anime fans
around the world assure that "Journey to the Wonderland"
is the best cartoon movie of all time.
Spirited Away was met with universal critical acclaim.
"Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously
drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more
curious and fascinated by our world [Rotten Tomatoes].
The film was awarded in 2002 with the Best Animated Film
Academy and Golden Ark at the Berlin International Film
Festival in the same year.



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Donnie Darko (2001)
Directed by: Richard Kelly | USA | 134'

Donny Darko is a troubled and antisocial
but brilliant teenager with a vivid.
One night Donnie sleepwalks out of his house
to meet a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank,
who tells him the world will end in 28 days

This unique cinematic amalgam of teenage science fiction
and 80s nostalgia became a worthy reference film.
Andrew Johnson cited the film in Us Weekly,
as one of the outstanding films at Sundance in 2001,
describing it as "a heady blend of science fiction,
spirituality, and teen angst."

Accompanied by an evocative soundtrack and an avid idea,
"Donnie Darko" was a filthy distillate of anxiety,
obsessions and tenderness of teen years.
An inverted "revolutionary without cause"
dared to follow the Horn in the hole of adulthood
and found, not in a Wonderland,
but in that of doubt. []

Saturday 7 July

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L'Année dernière à Marienbad | Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Directed by: Alain Resnais | France - Italy 94'

Last Year in Marienbad is a 1961 French-Italian
Left Bank film directed by Alain Resnais
from a screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet

In a luxury hotel in the countryside,
a man (X) uses all the legitimate means to persuade
a married woman (A) to leave with him.
The woman barely recalls the erotic story she had,
or perhaps not, the previous year at Marienbad.
The husband or escort (M) remains firmly
and discreetly at her side, asking her every minute
about her health, unaware of her feelings.

The film is famous for its enigmatic narrative structure,
in which time and space are fluid,
with no certainty over what is happening
to the characters, what they are remembering,
and what they are imagining.
Last Year in Marienbad was nominated for the
1963 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay
Alain Robbe-Grillet and it was also nominated
for a Hugo Award as Best Dramatic Presentation


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Un Chien Andalou | An Andalusian Dog (1929)
Directed by: Luis Bunuel | France | 16'

Co-written by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali,
this silent film was completely composed
on surrealistic principles and includes
some of the most searing and memorable images
ever filmed

The black and white film consists of a series of surrealistic images and absurd scenes
which do not belong to any discernible plot -
but show the same two persons -
are roughly separated by subtitles
("Eight years later", "Around three o'clock
in the morning", "Sixteen years ago",
"In the spring").

The ambitions of the two associates were
obviously shocking. Stunning, terrifying scenes
unfold without any coherent consistency,
mounted in a way that causes the viewer to get upset.
It is an innovative movie poem for sex and death,
where two non-conformist artists challenge
the audience with a film exploring the possibilities
of cinematic recording
of the unconscious. [Journal "TO VIMA"]

Sunday  8 July

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Spellbound (1945)
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock | USA | 111'

Spellbound is a 1945 American film noir
psychological mystery thriller film directed
by Alfred Hitchcock, considered one of the most
interesting works of his filmography

Dr. Edward arrives at the ‘The Green Manors’ psychiatric
clinic to replace the retired manager.
But he quickly finds out that he is an unknown patient
suffering from amnesia and has taken
the position of Dr. Edwards.
Together they try to find the truth
in the mystery of the disappearance
of true Dr Edwards.

One of the most striking features of the film
is the still impressive scene of the dream,
designed by Salvador Dali
for Alfred Hitchcock [Kathimerini newspaper].
Spellbound placed fifth on Film Daily's annual poll of
559 critics across the United States
naming the best films of the year.





Context Works


In the context of the parallel actions of the Festival,
the 4th "Parthenon Film Festival - Cinema in Village"
will host this year the Sculpture Laboratory
of the School of Fine Arts
of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
During the Festival, 17 students of the School
will let their dreams become transubstantiated
by exposing their works
in the traditional Parthenon settlement.

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The location


Parthenonas is a traditional village, nested on the mount Itamos at an altitude of 350m, near the western coast close to the town Nea Marmaras. According to historical scripts, this place is inhabited since 9th century BC as the city of Parthenopolis. 10th century AC, during the Byzantine Empire the city was called Partheni or Parthenionas. The village as we know it was supposed to be found during the Ottoman Empire. Although the historic town and the today’s Pathenonas are not located at the same place.
After the revolution of 1821 the settlement was invaded and plundered two times by the Turks. At the time of the liberation of Makedonia in the year 1912, the population of Parthenonas consisted out of 400 residents. In the 70tees the population left from the elevated Parthenonas to settle down in the nearby and bigger coastal city Neos Marmaras due better economical opportunities. In the 80tees the village was finally abandoned.
Few years later Parthenonas was rediscovered and populated. Old houses were affectionately restored in traditional manner. Today Parthenonas is famous for its picturesque architecture and one of the most popular places in Halkidiki
1985 former residents of Parthenonas founded the cultural association ‘Parthenon’, dedicated to preserve cultural heritage and environment. The association also is responsible for the restoration of local landmarks. Latest initiatives were the restoration of the church of Saint Stephen, constructed in 1837 it is one of the oldest churches in Halkidiki as well as the restoration of the old school Parthenon, which finally was converted into a folk-museum.

Parthenonas is listed as a place of cultural heritage, protected by state and the European Union.






The History


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1st Parthenón Film Festival 2015!

A new film festival makes its first steps! Three special movie nights with great classic films!

2nd Parthenώn Film Festival 2016!

Three summer open-air cinema nights in the wonderful traditional square of Parthenonas!

3rd Parthenώn Film Festival 2017!

Three special open-air cinema nights in Halkidiki, under the starry sky of Parthenonas!




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