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The Guardian: We have to get rid of the Acropolis film

By Indiewire | Indiewire November 18, 2005 at 10:22AM

Forget Turkish film - there is a deeper, richer revolution on the other side of the Aegean. On the eve of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Fiachra Gibbons spotlights the burgeoning Greek new wave. Only a few years ago Greek cinema was the preserve of arid intellectual epics choked with philosophical allusion and cloying nostalgiac melodramas on the manifold historical misfortunes of the Greeks. No longer. Not only have mainstream directors found a formula that has Greeks returning in their millions to cinemas to see big, well-made films like "Brides" and "A Touch of Spice," but a new wave of young filmmakers has emerged to rewrite the rules and create a very particular extreme humanist style of their own.
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Forget Turkish film - there is a deeper, richer revolution on the other side of the Aegean. On the eve of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Fiachra Gibbons spotlights the burgeoning Greek new wave. Only a few years ago Greek cinema was the preserve of arid intellectual epics choked with philosophical allusion and cloying nostalgiac melodramas on the manifold historical misfortunes of the Greeks. No longer. Not only have mainstream directors found a formula that has Greeks returning in their millions to cinemas to see big, well-made films like "Brides" and "A Touch of Spice," but a new wave of young filmmakers has emerged to rewrite the rules and create a very particular extreme humanist style of their own.







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