If there’s something Greeks everywhere can agree on (yes, amazing, I know!) it’s that almost nothing can beat enjoying a film outdoors on a warm summer night. Bonus points if it’s for free.
The Athens Open Air Film Festival, co-organised by Cinemag and Cinema Magazine, are here for their seventh iteration of their successful free-cinema-in-unexpected-locations series of projections. Each film is screened at another location; it could be well-known, symbolic, related to the film or a place seemingly chosen at complete random, but for each film, the place chosen is typically almost as important as the film played.
I remember watching the original Friday the 13th in 2012 in a basketball court in Petralona. I’m only guessing here, but I think the only reason they chose to play that film is because the date was actually Friday, July 13th, 2012.
Two of my personal highlights for this year are:
July 5th – Kotzia Sq (City Hall) – 21:30 – The Adventures of Prince Ahmed (1926), by Lotte Reiniger – one of the world’s first feature-length cut-out animation films. With live music by Larry Gus and Jay Glass Dubs.
July 7th – Agios Kosmas Beach (2nd Agios Kosmas Tram Stop) – 21:30 The Big Lebowski (1998) by Joel & Ethan Coen – the famous cult classic, followed by a beach party. DJ set by Giorgos Mouchtaridis of Pepper 96.6
View the complete schedule here.
Reminder: here in Greece we (almost) always subtitle movies, which means you should either be able to read Greek or understand the original language to get the most out of the movie.