Festival of Japanese Cinema 2024

For aficionados of Japanese cinema seeking more after the recent release of Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron”, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation presents a program featuring contemporary Japanese films. In collaboration with the Japan Foundation, the festival runs from Friday, February 16, to Sunday, February 18. It showcases Japanese films produced between 2018 and 2019 with English and Greek subtitles available. Each screening costs three euros, and visitors can find detailed information about the schedule and purchase tickets on the event’s official page.

‘WHO I AM NOT’ Documentary

The documentary Who I am not premiered at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2023, where it received three awards. After screenings at various documentary and film festivals worldwide, it will be shown this Sunday, February 18, at 4 p.m. at the Danaos Cinema, in collaboration with Cinedoc and Intersex Greece. Tünde Skovrán shares an emotional and intimate exploration through the stories of two intersex individuals and their struggles for acceptance in the South African reality.

Still frame from Tünde Skovrán’s documentary ‘Who I am not’

‘What Dreams May Come’

With an Academy Award for visual effects, What Dreams May Come, which premiered in 1998, will be screened this Sunday, February 18, at Asty Cinema, as part of an initiative by “Wake Up Cinema” association. Drawing inspiration from Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be”, the film follows the story of Chris Nielsen, portrayed by Robin Williams, who enters heaven after a car accident. Soon he embarks on an after-life adventure to reconnect with his wife, Annie.

The BREEDER Art Gallery

Emerging from The Breeder magazine in 2000, the BREEDER Gallery, aims to foster an artistic dialogue between Athens and the world and has played a pivotal role in the development of Athens’ contemporary art scene. Both of the following exhibitions hosted at the gallery offer free admission.

The Breeder Open Studio, Ireland Wisdom

As part of an artistic initiative to bridge the gap between the artist and the viewer, young American artist Ireland Wisdom engages with the public every Saturday, until March 2, between 3-5 p.m. In this context visitors have the opportunity to witness Wisdom’s creative process which centers around the tradition of live and in most cases nude models. Wisdom has received classical training in figure painting at the Florence Academy of Art while her influences range from Boticelli, Albrecht Dürer and Velazquez to Dorothea Tanning.

‘Mocking Game’, Lyn Liu

Lyn Liun, an upcoming New York-based and Chinese-born painter, presents her first solo exhibition in Greece, Mocking Game. Inspired by her personal experience of dislocation, Liu creates a symbolic universe of paintings reflecting on everyday situations, seen through a cinematic lens. Her works often depict the “inner psychological landscape of the individual” juxtaposed with “the social realm, emphasizing the tensions between the two.”

Her exhibited paintings are organized into nine pairs, exploring dual concepts such as individual and collective, subject and object, alienation and assimilation. Within each pair, her artworks interact, one perceived as the subject (the entity capable of generating experiences) while the other evolves around the idea of the object (the entity influenced by the subject). The exhibition is open this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as during the gallery’s weekday opening hours (Tuesday – Friday, 11-7 p.m.)

Lyn Liu, Conversation – wood talk, 2023, oil on linen

Lyn Liu, Uncertainty – under the table, 2023, oil on linen

Double-themed Photo Exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery

Blank Wall Gallery inaugurates two photo exhibitions this evening, open to the public throughout this weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. “The Beauty of Earth” showcases a photographic collection centered around the beauty and majesty of the Earth, while the second exhibition, titled “Solo-Single Subject,” features photos with a single subject at the center of the frame. These exhibitions, placed side by side, relate and interact, presenting a plethora of frames in digital and printed formats, shot around the world by international photographers. The event offers free admission to the public.

Photo by Fateen Younis # Pakistan

Photo by Edith Ehm # Austria