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Wednesday 04:45 (Alexis Alexiou, 2015)

Issue 4, December 2017

Old Games, New Rules: Rethinking Genre in Greek Cinema from the 1970s to the Present

edited by Afroditi Nikolaidou, Anna Poupou, Maria Chalkou


Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies is a bilingual (English and Greek), peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal edited primarily by independent scholars and published by ‘Eurasia Publications’, Athens. More


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Following on the second International Conference on Balkan Cinema that took place in Belgrade in 2017, The Great War(s): Our Story aims to explore how the Great War and other conflicts in the region have been narrated through cinema. The 3rd International Conference on Balkan cinema will focus on moving images made by filmmakers both from within and outside the Balkans in order to highlight the connections and differences between these war narratives that have at times coalesced into “our story”. The term “our” can refer self-reflexively to a view from the Balkans as both a unified but also more dispersed space, but also to a range of identities: victims or perpetrators, civilians or soldiers, women and children in devastated cities and in the wasteland of the countryside, or men on the front, the generations of participants or the post-generations. [...]


The Study Day, under the title “Greece in the Cinematic Turmoil. In Search of the Political Gaze in Times of Crisis?”, is organised by Evgenia Giannouri (Paris 3, IRCAV), Mélisande Leventopoulos (Paris 8, ESTCA) and Achilleas Papakonstantis (University of Lausanne). It focuses on contemporary Greek films and their regard to issues of politics. Despite the country’s current situation of economic precariousness and social unrest, the Greek political film seems to constitute an impossible genre. Yet, it used to be a major part of the New Greek Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, whereas it represents one of the most prevalent expressions in the field of documentary. [...]

International Conference “Balkan Cinema on the Crossroads: From Nitrate to Digital”, organised by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, takes place from 11th to 13th of June, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia in Yugoslav Cinematheque during Nitrate Film Festival .

The conference is organized with the support of: Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia; Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia; Secretariat for Culture, City of Belgrade; Yugoslav Cinematheque; Film Centre Serbia and Filmkultura.

50 scholars and researchers from 17 countries (Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, UK, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Germany, USA, FYROM, Bulgaria) explore the trajectory of Balkan cinema from the early nitrate days to the contemporary digital era, by highlighting connections, similarities and comparable patterns across the cinemas of the region. As keynote speakers papers will present Giovanna Fossati, Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam and the Chief Curator of EYE Filmmuseum; and Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Liverpool John Moores University. [...]

After the meetings in London (2013) and Seattle (2015), the 3rd Conference on Contemporary Greek Film Cultures addresses the diverse aesthetic, historical, medial, and theoretical connections between moving images and all possible aspects of the ‘documentary.’ In light of the many facets of this key term, the conference does not confine itself to practices or traditions of documentary cinema in Greece. It rather explores the multiple cinematic acts and modes of registering, representing, evidencing, authenticating, certifying, and instructing; it discusses the indexical nature of photography and the digital image, the factual as well as fictional functions of audio-visual recording, the archival status of documentary film in Greece, its ideologies, deceptions, and omissions, the filmic depiction of documentation processes, the documents presented on-screen or lost in the Mediterranean Sea. This thematic focus responds to three interrelated circumstances: [...]