The start of the 8th Syros International Film Festival’s slate of summer activities is signaled by a collaboration with the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo and with the support of Goethe-Institut Athen, involving a two-day screening program on 8 & 9 July at the atrium of the Goethe-Institut Athen (Omirou 14–16).

Specifically, on Wednesday, July 8, the SIFF team in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Athen, presents the work of two leading German directors: Harun Farocki’s short film Filmbücher (1986) and Wim Wenders’ medium-length Room 666 (1982). In the midst of the Cannes Film Festival, Wenders invites some of his colleagues to his room at the Croisette, including Werner Herzog, Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard, and other giants of cinema to discuss the future of seventh art; today, these two documentaries – made at a turning point in the history of cinema, in which the whole industry was anxious about the future of the medium – come to recall the value of cinema as a collective viewing experience.

The following day, On Thursday, July 9, a tribute selected by the Cimatheque will be shown at the same venue, dedicated to the work of Atteyat Al Abnoudy (1939–2018), an iconic Egyptian journalist and filmmaker, and one of the first women to shoot films in the Arab world. The program will include the following documentaries: Horse of Mud (1971), The Sandwich (1975) and Seas of Thirst (1981), three rare films that reveal aspects of the Mediterranean landscape and lifestyle, as if that they seem to be in a permanent “Off Season.”


The films in the program will be screened with English subtitles.

Address: Atrium of the Goethe-Institut Athen (Omirou 14-16, 100 33 Athens)

Start time: 21:00

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