American Film Institute Festival (AFI FEST) will present two Greek films in Novemeber: ATTENBERG, which is also this year’s official Greek candidate for the Academy Awards, and ALPS.
Starting October 27th tickets for AFI FEST are free and available online and at the Box Office located at Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Ste. 219. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Screenings will take place at the Mann Chinese Theatre.
Monday, November 7, 10:00 PM, Mann Chinese
Wednesday, November 9, 4:45 PM, Mann Chinese
Greece’s Official Foreign Oscar Submission
Synopsis: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s ATTENBERG is a unique spin on the coming-of-age-film. In a stark white crumbling town by the sea, 23-year-old Marina has grown up an outsider to human interaction, splitting her time between caring for her dying father and receiving lessons in human intimacy from her only friend Bella. Finding the human species almost alien, Marina observes life through the lens of her hero, Sir David Attenborough and the music of Suicide. In the midst of preparing for her father’s impending death, Marina meets Spyros, a visiting engineer with whom she explores her newly awakened sexuality. In her second feature film, Tsangari makes her mark as a defining voice among the new wave of Greek cinema, with a film that defies convention and injects humor and sincerity into what are truly the defining moments in life.
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cast: Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Wednesday, November 9, 7:15 PM, Mann Chinese
Synopsis: Acclaimed Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos makes his first appearance at AFI FEST with his newest film, ALPS. A paramedic, a nurse, a gymnast and her coach have formed a group they call Alps. They provide a most unusual service for families coping with the loss of a loved one: They inhabit the role of the dearly departed to alleviate grieving. Their leader, the paramedic who calls himself Mont Blanc, enforces a strict code of conduct which is broken when Monte Rosa, the nurse, decides to take on her own client. Reteaming with his DOGTOOTH co-writer Efthymis Filippou and star Aggeliki Papoulia, Lanthimos offers his unique vision of how society deals with death and how the roles we play in life can end up defining us.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Ariane Labed, Johnny Vekris
For more information visit: AFI.com/AFIFEST