New Finnish Cinema

Still frame from the featured movie ” The Woodcutter Story”

Scandinavian cinema aficionados have a chance to explore “New Finnish” cinema with ten fiction films and three documentaries from young directors who offer their fresh perspective on challenging social issues. While Finnish cinema has been attracting interest at major film festivals over the last decade, a diverse film lineup featuring English and Greek subtitles, roundtable discussions, and screenings with directors’ attendance will run from March 21 to 27 at the Greek Film Archive. The event is a collaboration between the Greek Film Archive, the Finnish Institute of Athens, and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Tickets and more information can be found on the event’s official page.

Neo-Impressionism in the Colours of the Mediterranean, Goulandris Foundation

Since January 7, the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation has been hosting a spotlight on the Neo-Impressionism art movement, considered the first of its kind in Greece. Aimed at displaying the Neo-Impressionism art movement within the Mediterranean context, the groundbreaking exhibition titled “Neo-Impressionism in the Colours of the Mediterranean” will run until April 7.

Théo Van Rysselberghe, Neo-Impressionism in the Colours of the Mediterranean

Partnering with major European museums and organizations such as the Musée d’Orsay, the National Gallery in London, and Centre Pompidou, as well as private European collectors, the Goulandris Foundation features works by renowned artists including Paul Signac, Henri-Edmond Cross, Maximilien Luce, Théo van Rysselberghe, and Henri Matisse, among others. As many of the exhibited masterpieces are displayed for the first time in Greece, visitors have a unique opportunity to explore the rich artistic legacy of Neo-Impressionism.

Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionism in the Colours of the Mediterranean

Neo-Impressionism in the Colours of the Mediterranean, The Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation

“Goodbye, Lindita”, National Theatre of Greece

What needs to be done to complete the final farewell? How can life continue? What does this death mean? Mario Banushi, a young, multifaceted artist, prompts us to ponder these questions in his wordless, highly sought-after theatrical play “Goodbye, Lindita”. Inspired by his own personal experience of family loss, Banushi invites us to reflect on the meaning of loss, what lies beyond, how individuals can move forward, and how mourning can intertwine with a new beginning.

National Theatre of Greece, photos by © Theofilos Tsimas

National Theatre of Greece, photos by © Theofilos Tsimas

Influenced by the Balkans’ past, funeral customs, and traditions, Banushi creates a handmade visual theatrical universe depicting the story of a family. A series of paradoxical events occurring in the house bring to the surface a hidden world of dreams and nightmares, an inverted reality with its own rules.

Banushi’s performance, acclaimed by The Guardian and BBC, takes center stage at Greece’s National Theater for a second season after completing consecutive sold-out shows and touring in Belgrade, Dresden, Amsterdam, Adelaide (Australia), and Munich. The performance runs on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday at 18:00 & 21:00 and Thursday & Saturday at 21:00. Tickets can be purchased here.

National Theatre of Greece, photos by © Theofilos Tsimas