Greek Films Excel at International Film Festivals



chevalierGreek cinema has a long and rich history, even now with financial crisis that is plaguing the country, the film industry in Greece is dominating the domestic market, and has experienced international success on several occasions. In spite of small budgets for unique Greek films such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Dogtooth” and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg”, films such as these have received international acclaim.

This year, “Chevalier”, a Greek comedy film directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film featured six men going through the throes of a friendly competition that gives the viewer insight into the complexities of males and how they relate to each other. The film was also awarded Best Film at the London Film Festival in 2015.

“It is the first comedy which I have shot. It won’t be the last one. I am very interested in this genre and I think it is the most difficult, the most challenging. There is humour in all my films. I have developed my personal sense of humour and it is on some occasions underground humour, black or at other times less ironic,” Athena Rachel Tsangari told euronews.

“Interruption” by Yorgos Zois, was yet another film that garnered great success abroad and was screened at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. “The film is based on the ancient Greek tragedy, Oresteia. Thus it includes all the fundamental issues of the Greek play: violence, power, the relations between the different characters, catharsis, and justice”, explained the director to euronews.