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In the International Competition we have selected 9 feature films from independent film directors, almost from all over the world. Our selection was inspired by the cinephiliac passions of the directors, their accomplished experimentation with cinematic form and the politics of visibility.

In Cat Sticks, Ronny Sen shades Calcutta’s drug-addicts in an atmospheric chiaroscuro, while Brian Welsh, in Beats, pays tribute to the British rave sub-culture. Between observational documentary and fiction, Hassen Ferhani in 143 Sahara street, portrays Malika, the “gate- keeper of the void”, and the people passing by from her remote road-cafe. Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza, from the ritual and ethnographic field of indigenous Indians of Brazil, connect with the harsh reality of social exclusions, in The dead and the others, Klaudia Reynicke, in Love me tender, sharply tells the story of a young woman with psychosocial disorders, while Romina Paula, in Again once again, using the cinematic image as a mirror, plays with what it means to grow up, to be a woman and a mother. Ryusuke Hamaguchi also plays with the cinematic reflections in his lyrical love story of Asako I & II. Cinephilia, both as means and vocation, is also expressed in the documentary Our defeats, in which Jean-Gabriel Périot uses the tools of political cinema of the 1960s to awaken his students and us to new challenges in the present. Filmfarsi by Ehsan Khoshbakht, allows us to reconsider our image of Iranian cinema, since the documentary offers a cinephiliac experience into the pre-revolutionary popular Iranian cinema.

Nov 2019
Thursday / 20:00

143 Sahara street

143 rue du désert / 143 Sahara street Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Αλγερία, Γαλλία, Κατάρ/Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019, … Read more →

Nov 2019
Friday / 20:00


Beats Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο/United Kingdom, 2019, 96 ́, DCP, Έγχρ./Color, Αγγλικά/English Best mates, since childhood, … Read more →

Nov 2019
Saturday / 20:00

Cat sticks

Cat sticks Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ινδία/India, 2019, 94 ́, DCP, α/μ./b&w, Ινδικά/Bengali On a rainy night in … Read more →

Nov 2019
Sunday / 20:00

The dead and the others

Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos / The dead and the others Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Πορτογαλία, Βραζιλία/Portugal, Brazil 2018, 114 ́, … Read more →

Nov 2019
Monday / 20:00

Again once Again

De nuevo otra vez / Again once again Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Αργεντινή/ Argentina, 2019, 84 ́, DCP, … Read more →

Nov 2019
Tuesday / 20:00

Asako I & II

Netemo sametemo / Asako I & II Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction Ιαπωνία, Γαλλία/Japan, France, 2018, 119 ́, DCP, … Read more →

Nov 2019
Wednesday / 20:00

Our defeats

Nos défaites / Our defeats Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Ντοκιμαντέρ/Documentary, Γαλλία/ France, 2019, 96 ́, DCP, Έγχρ-α/μ./ Color-b&w, Γαλλικά/French … Read more →

Nov 2019
Thursday / 20:00


Filmfarsi Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Ντοκιμαντέρ/Documentary, Ιράν, Ηνωμ. Βασίλειο/Iran, U.K., 2019, 84 ́, DCP, Έγχρ-α/μ./Color-b&w, Γαλλικά/ French This documentary … Read more →

Nov 2019
Friday / 20:00

Love me tender

Love me tender Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα / Greek Premiere Μυθοπλασία/Fiction, Ελβετία/ Switzerland, 2019, 83 ́, DCP, Έγχρ./ Color, Ιταλικά/Italian Seconda is … Read more →

The 10th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.