The Kings of the World (Los reyes del mundo, 2022)

Rá, a teenager boy that lives in the streets of Medellin, discovers a newfound sense of hope upon learning about the government’s decision, spurred by reinstitution decrees, to return his grandmother’s seized land to him. As Ra needs to travel to the countryside where the plot of land stands, he doesn’t just bring along his brother but also three other young boys he has befriended and looked after in the streets of Medellin.  Laura Mora’s compelling road movie captures the five boys’ perilous odyssey as they traverse contemporary Colombia.

Director: Laura Mora Ortega
Cast: Carlos Andrés Castañeda, Davison Florez, Brahian Acevedo, Cristian Campaña, Cristian David Duque
Spanish (The film is screened with Greek subtitles)
IMDB rating: 7.0/10

Production countries: International production based in Colombia
Where to watch: Ellin cinema, Karmen cinema (open-air), Diana cinema, Cinema Stella (open air), Cine Daphne (open-air), Lampros Konstantaras Movie Theatre

Asphalt City (2023)

Ollie Cross (Tye Sheridan) is a rookie paramedic assigned to the NYC night shift along with the uncompromising veteran, Gene Rutkowsky (Sean Penn). As the two of them grapple with stressful patrols, facing life-or-death situations, director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire depicts the two paramedics’ psyche and struggle juxtaposed against Brownsville’s (Brooklyn) urban “inferno.”

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Cast: Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Raquel Nave, Kali Reis
IMDB rating: 6.1/10
Production country: United States
Where to watch: Cine War Museum (open-air), Athinaion cinema, Ellinis Cinemax (open-air), Aigli 3D digital cinema, Village cinemas (The Mall, Rentis), Tria Asteria 3D digital cinema, Cinemax (Aello, Nana), Attikon Grove cinema (open-air), Philip Open Air Cinema, Anoixi Art cinema, Lampros Konstantaras Movie Theatre, Foivos digital cinema, Maria – Elena Onar cinema, Options cinemas ( Ilion, Glyfada)

Blessing in Disguise

As Melina begins her journey of self-discovery, she is drawn to the raw, unfiltered beauty of the natural world, where the naked body becomes a metaphor for authenticity and liberation. The freedom of sexual exploration is intertwined with the quest for personal liberation as she explores relationships, experiences that challenge conventional rules and expectations.

Director: Kostas Mazanis
Cast: Sofia Kourou, Myrto Naum, Fanis Milleounis, Yannis Tirovolas, Katerina Christaki
Greek (The film is screened with English subtitles)
IMDB rating: N/A
Production country: Greece
Where to watch: Studio New Star Art Cinema

Boy Kills World (2023)

Set in a dystopian future ruled by the bloodthirsty empire of the Van Der Koy family, Boy loses his mother and sister Mina as Hilda Van Der Joy kills them. Soon a mysterious shaman finds and trains the Boy into a very skillful avenger, now focused at trying to get his payback. Moritz Mohr’s first feature has drawn inspiration by video games and graphic novels, “The Hunger Games”, “The Purge,” and “John Wick” film series.

Director: Moritz Mohr
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Brett Gelman, Isaiah Mustafa, Yayan Ruhian
IMDB rating: 6.7/10
Production countries: United States, Germany, South Africa
Where to watch: Danaos cinema, Village cinemas (The Mall, Pangrati, Rentis), Cinemax (Aello, Nana), Options cinemas ( Ilion, Glyfada)

Damaged (2024)

Following a killing rampage with female victims, local Scottish authorities call upon Dan Lawson, a Chicago detective who conveniently moves to the U.K. Lawson soon observes a common pattern between the latest mysterious killings and another mass murder he had investigated five years ago.

Director: Terry McDonough
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Vincent Cassel, Gianni Capaldi, Laura Haddock
IMDB rating: 4.6/10
Production countries: United Kingdom, United States
Where to watch: Danaos cinema, Village cinemas (The Mall, Pangrati, Rentis), Cinemax (Aello, Nana), Options cinemas ( Ilion, Glyfada)

The Strangers: Chapter 1 (2024)

Directed by Renny Harlin (known for ‘The Exorcist: The Beginning’), The Strangers: Chapter 1 follows a plot similar to the film series it’s based on, ‘The Strangers,’ created by Bryan Bertino. In this storyline, masked psycho-sociopathic home invaders target innocent homeowners. Marking the first film of a new standalone Lionsgate trilogy, The Strangers: Chapter 1 follows Maya and Ryan, a young couple whose car breaks down in a creepy small town in Oregon, leaving them no choice but to spend the night in a remote cabin. Panic ensues as they come under attack by three murderous masked strangers.

Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Madelaine Petsch, Froy Gutierrez, Gabriel Basso, Ema Horvath
IMDB rating: 5.4/10
Production country: United States
Where to watch: Galaxias cinema, Village cinemas (The Mall, Pangrati, Rentis), Cinemax (Aello, Nana), Sporting Digital cinema (open-air), Lampros Konstantaras Movie Theatre, Options cinemas ( Ilion, Glyfada)


Down By Law (1986)

As the weather warms, open-air cinemas have commenced their seasonal operations, providing audiences with the chance to enjoy films amidst the soothing summer breeze and the fragrances of the evening air.

Among the offerings of three such venues is Jim Jarmusch’s acclaimed film Down By Law. DJ Zack (Tom Waits) and pimp Jack (John Lurie) find themselves incarcerated without having committed the crime for which they’ve been accused. In their cell, they encounter Bob (Roberto Benigni), an Italian tourist with limited English skills, who devises an escape plan.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin
English, Italian
IMDB rating: 7.7/10
Production country: United States
Where to watch: Flery cinema, Alexandra cinema (Chalandri), Cine Paris