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Contemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present

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Tonia Kazakopoulou and Mikela Fotiou

This collection of new writing on contemporary Greek cinema builds and expands on existing work in the field, providing a coherent analysis of films which, despite their international importance, have so far received limited critical attention. The volume maps key trends in Greek cinema since the 1990s within the wider context of production and consumption at both national and international levels. It offers a wide range of critical analyses of documentary and avant-garde filmmaking, art house and popular cinema, and the work of established and new directors as well as deliberations on teaching methodologies and marketing strategies. The book seeks to highlight the continuities, mutual influences and common contexts that inform, shape and inspire filmmaking in Greece today.

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Figure 1.1: Sweetgrass (Barbash and Castaing-Taylor, 2009). Press image, courtesy of Dogwoof distribu- tors, UK, 2013 . 13 Figure 1.2: Sto Lyko (Hughes and Koutsospyrou, 2013). Screenshot, HD video file, courtesy of the authors and Linel Films, 2013 . 17 Figure 1.3: Sweetgrass (Barbash and Castaing-Taylor, 2009). DVD screenshot, courtesy of the authors and Dogwoof distributors, UK, 2013. 20 Figure 1.4: Sto Lyko (Hughes and Koutsospyrou, 2013). Screenshot, HD video file, courtesy of the authors and Linel Films, 2013 . 23 Figure 2.1: Shot-by-shot analysis of the scene at the old port of Thessaloniki in Voyage to Cythera (Theo Angelopoulos, 1984). Arrows indicate camera movement. Red squares suggest interior shots. Sketch by the author. 46 Figure 2.2: The plan of Theo Angelopoulos’s film set ‘hill with the sheets’ for Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004). Yellow: Upper West District (10 adobes); light blue: Lower West District (23 adobes); purple: Central District (21 adobes); orange: Upper East District I (12 adobes); pink: Upper East District II (16 adobes); blue: Lower East District I (18 adobes); green: Lower East District II (20 adobes). Total: 118 adobes. Sketch by the author. 52 viii Figures Figure 2.3: The plan of Theo Angelopoulos’s film set ‘hill with the sheets’ for Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004). Diagrammatic representation of Kevin Lynch’s analysis of the urban form mapped onto Angelopoulos’s film set. Sketch by the author. 54 Figure 3.1: Idées Fixes/Dies Irae (Antoinetta Angelidi, 1977). Reproduced with permission from Antoinetta Angelidi. 87 Figure 3.2: Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2010). Reproduced...

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