3rd Athens Open Air Film Festival
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Hollywood stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy will be in Athens to attend the premiere of their film “Before Midnight” that will open the 3rd Athens Open Air Film Festival in the Greek capital.

The premiere will be held on Tuesday, 11 June, at Cine Thisio, the best movie theater in the world, according to a past CNN survey.

It is reminded that Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight” was filmed in the unique natural setting of Messinia in the Peloponnese. (For more, see here.)

3rd Athens Open Air Film Festival

The festival returns for a third year with outdoor film screenings and cultural events, all set against the backdrop of Attica’s most distinctive monuments.

From June to September, events will be held in the city’s summer cinemas, in open spaces around the Acropolis (Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway), museums and courtyard spaces, the park at Plato’s AcademyAgias Irinis Square and Avdi Square in Metaxourghio.

The festival’s program includes selections from world, classic and modern cinema, concerts and interactive parallel events.

This premiere of the 3rd Athens Open Air Film Festival is supported by the Greek National Tourism Organization.



More than any other month, July known how to put the f in fun with the following screenings:
Wednesday July 10, it’s back to downtown Athens for “A Foolish Love” by Yorgos Panousopoulos(1981), to be screened at Avissinias Square, a hedonistic look at urban Athenian lifestyle circa 1980. “A Foolish Love” is considered a benchmark for Greek cinema, capturing the sweaty inertia of long city summers with a poignancy that’s rarely seen on the big screen.

Friday July 12
 we are entering midsummer territory with “Animal House” (1978) by John Landis at the Petralona Park. Don’t miss out on this all-American classic, an essential guide to the wildest parties, the most effective pick-up lines and a crash course on John Beluschi’s devil-may-care attitude! The film is screening with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens.
Sunday July 14, the party picks up where it left off in honor of Bastille Day (also known as French National Day) with another all-time-classic, straight from the city of lights. “Zazie dans le Métro” by Louis Malle (1960) is one of the quirkiest and most affectionate films to have sprung out of the Nouvelle Vague. The screening will take place at the “secret garden” of the Numismatic Museum with the support of the Embassy of France in Greece, the French Institute of Athens and TV5 Monde.
Thursday, July 18, we’ll be heading uptown to the refreshingly leafy  October 28th Square at Nea Erithrea to watch “The Photograph” by Nikos Papatakis (1986). His next-to-last film is part of the Greek movie pantheon and despite the fact most of it actually takes place in Paris, it is considered one of the most insightful cinephile takes on the history of modern Greece.
Monday July 22, the beautiful garden of the Byzantine and Christian Museum is set to welcome audiences to a summer screening of “Zelig” (1983), a rare Woody Allen film that many believe to be the funniest and most melancholic moment in our favorite  New Yorker’s career!
Thursday July 25 we’re switching gears for a nail-biting dose of French mystery with Jean Becker’s“One Deadly Summer” (1983). The screening will take place at Agias Irinis Square, a popular late-night hang-out, where the sensuous Isabelle Adjani is expected to arouse audiences with her provocative performance.
Tuesday July 30 we’re bidding a full month of screenings adieu with a musical intervention on a silent era masterpiece. Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” (1928) will be accompanied by the contemporary sounds of His Majesty The King of Spain. The screening will take place at the Greek Film Arhive’s summer theater Lais.

Entrance to all screenings is free of charge.
All screenings start at 9pm (subject to last-minute changes)

Get full info at 

With the support of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO):
Supporters: The Municipality of Athens, The Greek Film Center, The U.S. Embassy in Athens, The French Embassy in Athens, The French Institute of Athens, The Embassy of Canada to Greece

2 Responses to “3rd Athens Open Air Film Festival”

  1. admin says:

    The film program will be announced in the coming days, but it is already known that little “diamonds” will be included, such us Nikos Panagiotopoulos’, I dream of my friends (1993), and Megan Griffiths’, Eden (2012) a film on human trafficking

  2. Michele Rokkos says:

    Where can I find the program for the 3rd Athens Open Air FIlm Festival?

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