8th SYROS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFF SEASON
SYROS, SEPTEMBER 2020
DAILY SCHEDULE

DAY 1

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pallas Outdoor Cinema, Hermoupolis

Opening Night

20:30

FEDORA
Billy Wilder, West Germany / France, 1978, 114′
In Billy Wilder’s penultimate film, he and William Holden reunite in an imagined sinister and melancholic Corfu, far from the drama and rot of the Hollywood hills. Holden plays an independent film producer in search of the elusive Fedora, faded and famed great actress from a previous era turned recluse in Greece. Exploring the inexorable gap between then and now, Fedorainvestigates memory, nostalgia, and cinema as it vies to stop time, steering the viewer into a mysterious – and decidedly off – season.

 

23:00

SHORTS PROGRAM
Three different takes on island life, a cinematic exploration of the power of the Aegean Sea to unite and separate through rituals of the everyday. 

FISHERS AND FISHING [PSARADES KE PSAREMATA]
Leon Loisios, Greece, 1961, 22′
Combining the rigor of the anthropological gaze and an ingenious poetic spontaneity, the fruit of the collaboration between some of the most prominent intellectual figures of Post-war Greece (playwright Dimitris Kehaidis, film writer Yannis Bakogiannopoulos, and directors Stavros Tornes and Roviros Manthoulis, among others) is a rare, invaluable document capturing fishing practices in the sea of Lesvos, and a way of life that has ceased to exist.

MERCIFUL, WONDERFUL
Loukia Alavanou, Greece / UK / Sweden, 2013, 5’
Taking as its starting point one of the most powerful symbols of the modern Greek state, this film runs the distance between rapture and ruptures. As montage tears apart the skin of the holy icon of Maria on the island of Tinos, it reveals the fragile face behind the layers of civilization.
Filmmaker in Attendance

GYRES 1–3
Ellie Ga, USA, 2020, 42′
In Gyres, the viewer encounters stories and objects from a range of experiences, including forced migrations across the Aegean Sea. We hear about rituals of launching messages in bottles and the offering of metal shoes to appease the Archangel Michael on these same Greek islands. People end up on far-away shores only to be told that they don’t belong. Objects that end up far from their origins are collected by beachcombers and put on display.

DAY 2

Friday, September 4, 2020

Tarsanas Shipyard, Hermoupolis

Performance Evening

21:00

HOUSES OFF, DESERTS, ETC.
Film Performance by Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, approx.25
“Ι see a caravan. The caravan crosses the desert. The desert reaches the cities. The sand enters the houses. We lived in houses that no longer exist. The house in Arago. In Psychiko. House number K40. The burnt down house. By the deserted house, animals are grazing. A snail got lost in the city. It slowly slides through the grass. Back in the day, people would come and fill the house. I see a caravan. The caravan comes to the house.” C.H.

Constantinos Hadzinikolaou is a filmmaker and writer. His work includes films shot in super 8 and video, film performances, lectures on cinema, installations, texts. He has published two poetry collections and one novel. He is a regular contributor to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.  

 

HOME TAPES
A/V Performance by Natasha Giannaraki and Lara Eidi, approx.30
A collection of takes from Super 8 films and mini DV tapes from another decade, which feels like a whole other universe, especially now: freedom of movement, cheap air travel, living out of a suitcase. A quilt made of different travels: Athens, London, remote Greek islands, San Francisco, New York, Mexico, Thailand, Australia.

Natasha Giannaraki is an artist whose work comprises moving image, performance and sound. She was the vocalist and lyricist of the band Berlin Brides and does sound design for films. She lives in Athens, Greece.

Lara Eidi, Athens born to Lebanese-Canadian parents, is an established singer-songwriter, recording artist and jazz vocalist based in London. Her music has gained her critical acclaim as a genre bending artist  (BBC Artist, 2020), described as “a singer with true gift of a voice, a kind soul, and a captivating presence.” (JazzUK)

 

22:30

HOTEL MONTEREY
Chantal Akerman, Belgium / USA, 1973, 63′
Film screening with live score by Christina Vantzou
Guiding us through the rooms, elevators, and corridors of a rundown hotel on New York’s Upper West Side, the Belgian auteur’s meditation on confinement and transience meets Christina Vantzou’s multilayered, ethereal compositions in an all-new commissioned live score.

Christina Vantzou is a Kansas City, Missouri native of Greek descent who resides in Brussels, Belgium. A composer and experimental filmmaker, she works with space, sound, and image on a level of curiosity and refinement; over the course of fifteen years she has built an audiovisual language very much her own.

DAY 3

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Dellagrazia Drive-In Cinema, Posidonia

Double Feature #1

20:30

LIFE AFTER LOVE
Zachary Epcar, USA, 2018, 8′
Stuck in a parking lot somewhere in the USA, a group of would-be-lovers serenade one another with their windows rolled up. A road movie that never gets its start.

BRIGADOON
Vincente Minnelli, USA, 1954, 118′
A jaded Gene Kelly flees from the rat race of New York City to the Scottish Highlands, for a highly improbable hunting trip. Without realizing it, he enters into the magical town of Brigadoon, a medieval Scottish town frozen in time that appears out of the Hollywood studio mist for one day a year. At first charmed by this town that encapsulates the radical break he needed from his “civilized” life, he comes to understand that the inhabitants of Brigadoon share his desire to escape their own claustrophobic milieu… A classic tale of fantasy, reality, and the perverse and wonderful escapism inherent to cinema.

 

23:00

POSTCARDS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD
Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Greece, 2019, 23′
Trapped in a seemingly dull vacation, a “perfect” family will have to find a way out of a secluded island in the Mediterranean, when confronted with the unexpected end of the world. A post-apocalyptic (or quasi-prophetic) dark satire set under the orange sun of Syros.
Filmmaker in Attendance

DEAD MOUNTAINEER’S HOTEL [HUKKUNUD ALPINISTI]
Grigory Kromanov, USSR, 1979, 93′
A psychedelic vacation in a remote Estonian ski lodge turns from classic whodunit to metaphysical sci-fi. Radical and frenetic cinematography frame the stark white of the slopes and the decadently mod halls of the châlet; a killer Moog riff haunts the proceedings; our gruff cop protagonist leads us through this mess, delightful and eerie, all the way to the top of the mountain.

DAY 4

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Dellagrazia Drive-In Cinema, Posidonia

Double Feature #2

20:30

WAYWARD FRONDS
Fern Silva, USA, 2014, 13′
Mermaids flip a tale of twin detriments, domiciles cradle morph invaders, crocodile trails swallow two-legged twigs in a fecund mash of nature’s outlaws, down in the Everglades National Park in Florida. In this powerful meditation that captures the “Off-Season” of the Anthropocene, nature begins to take over, en-gulfs and tames civilization after centuries of attack.
Filmmaker in Attendance

THE CRAZY RAY [PARIS QUI DORT]
René Clair, France, 1924, 60′
One morning, the groundskeeper of the Eiffel tower discovers a mad scientist has frozen everything and everyone in the city of Paris – everyone except for him. A group of new-found friends arrive on a plane, and together they romp about the sleeping metropolis, experiencing it with a childlike glee they have found within themselves. A positive foil for our times – out of a crisis that radically alters public space and life, a new understanding of what we always had and couldn’t see.

 

22:30

ECONOMY CLASS TO CALDERA
Arion Kalogeras, Greece, 2019, 8′
The caldera of Santorini island was formed around 1610 BC. Today, it provides a beautiful landscape for sunset selfies, fostering overtourismand a significant risk of natural disaster. A woman travels there, in economy class, and we follow her through an eruption of the senses, snapshots of memories, and flickering desires.
Filmmaker in Attendance

HONEYMOON [TAXIDI TOU MELITOS]
Yorgos Panoussopoulos, Greece, 1979, 112′
Following their annual family tradition, an elderly couple visits a provincial spa town in the Peloponnese. As their newly wedded daughter isn’t joining this time, the couple returns to a time of desire and fear. Getting old was never more fearful and photogenic as in this movie, which, in the words of its director, “was shot as a fantasy film… an exploration in a world… [where] less is needed and everything is missing.” 

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See the English program / map here.

See the Greek program / map here.