One from the heart…

Thessaloniki – Everytime I visit a film festival is a unique experience for me. I have been several times in Berlin, I have worked for Sundance and BFI, I digged out Leiden Festival while on holidays around the Netherlands. But Thessaloniki Festivals -whether the International every November or the Documentary that is on now- have…

2013 Open Air Cinemas in Athens

– The feeling of nostalgia that this travelogue to Athens Open Air Cinemas creates to the viewer! – However the film itself does not make any conclusion about the sustainability of these theaters and the question about their future remains undetermined. – The children’s reactions at the Nikaia Open Air Festival for kids. Gives a…

Our Children (À perdre la raison)

– The performance of Émilie Dequenne in the role of the tragic mother trapped in a non-functioning marriage. No wonder she won the Best Actress award at the Un Certain Regard section in the Cannes Film Festival. – The outworn characterization of the film as a modern Medea. You cannot base the resemblance of the…

Moonrise Kingdom

– The disappointment written all over the boy scouts’ faces when Scout Master Ward announces to them that no violence should be used during the rescue search for Sam. And the camera immediately cuts to a plan where all the boys get their weapons ready! – The unfortunate choice of Bruce Willis for the role…

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Extra points!

– The fact that watching it for a second time within one month, I enjoyed the film equally, if not more! – F. Murray Abraham’s voice-over, when he narrates to the young author, the story of how the hotel ended in his hands! – The unbelievably romantic love story between Zero and Agatha, played brilliantly…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

– All the imaginative sea creatures with inspiring names, such as Sugar Crabs, Golden Barracuda, Crayon Ponyfish, but above all the obscure object of revenge, the Jaguar Shark! – The opening and the closing sequences at the Loquasto Film Festival, where Steve Zissou respectively presents the first and second part of his latest film. –…

Caught between reality and the persona

A couple of hours after this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony, which I generally enjoyed despite the fact that we had no surprises at all, I was talking with a friend -who also happens to be an actor- about the acceptance speeches of the winning performances. Regardless our opinion difference in the character of each speech…