COSTA-GAVRAS: “I WAS IMPRESSED BY AGORA”

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COSTA-GAVRAS: “I WAS IMPRESSED BY AGORA”
(Interview at VIMAgazino)

“Cinema is valuable when it is national, when it comes from the soul of a country”. This was the key-phrase used by prominent Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras when asked about his views on Greek cinema in an interview at VIMAgazino.

“Recently I was not impressed by a film, but rather by the documentary film Agora”, said the director of Academy-awarded “Z” (Interview in Greek here).

This is not the first time that Costa-Gavras has referred to the documentary film AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos. He was actually one of the first to support it by acknowledging its contribution to collective memory and to the documentation of one of the most difficult periods in modern Greece’s post-war history: “I watched your film with great interest and often with intense emotion. It is a serious and important film, which depicts the terrible times that the Greek people are going through. Your film is a historical fact. I hope that change will come soon.”

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AGORA: UPCOMING SCREENINGS & BROADCASTS IN GREECE AND ABROAD

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FIRST TV BROADCAST IN BELGIUM
After its first TV broadcasts in Germany (WDR), the Arab world (Al Jazeera Arabic), Finland (YLE) and Spain (TVC), more and more TV networks program AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, in an effort to introduce their viewers to a revealing and thorough analysis of the effects caused by austerity policies in Greece at a time when such policies expand in Europe. Belgium comes next: AGORΑ will have shortly its Belgian premiere, with two TV broadcasts being scheduled by Public Television RTBF on Thursday 26 February at 21:15 and on Saturday 28 February at 22.50.

 

IN CINEMAS AND FILM SOCIETIES IN GREECE AND ABROAD
Now entering the 7th week of its national theatrical release, AGORΑ continues screening daily at AAVORA Cinema in Athens and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS Cinema in Thessaloniki. At the same time, the film travels all around Greece and abroad, hosted by film societies and cultural clubs.

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HAILING RESPONSES AFTER AGORA’S FIRST BROADCAST BY GERMAN PUBLIC TELEVISION WDR

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Particularly welcoming responses in the German Press followed the first broadcast of AGORΑ by German Public Television WDR whereas viewers shared their spontaneous praises and reflections in the social media.

“Perhaps #Varoufakis could invite #Schäuble to view @gavgero's @agorathedoc together @WDR” was suggested via Twitter on the very same day that the finance ministers of Greece and Germany met in Berlin; it was also the day of the German broadcast premiere of the film. A thorough overview by Diogenis Dimitrakopoulos at Deutsche Welle reflects on the impact of this first broadcast of the film in Germany and presents the views of director Yorgos Avgeropoulos and the head of the Documentary Film Department of WDR, Jutta Krug who stated: “By broadcasting AGORA we hope to contribute to a differentiated and multifaceted examination of the Greek problem, in other words to present a point of view coming from within, whose dynamics have a major historical dimension. We wanted to give an alternative dimension to a particularly complex topic and we have been rewarded. This is really what public television is meant for. What government politics think about it is a secondary issue”.

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AGORA ENTERS THE FOURTH WEEK OF ITS THEATRICAL RELEASE

AGORA ENTERS THE FOURTH WEEK OF ITS THEATRICAL RELEASE IN GREECE ON THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY | LAUNCHING OF SCREENINGS BY FILM SOCIETIES THROUGHOUT GREECE

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By virtue of a continuously welcoming response of audiences, AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos enters the fourth week of its theatrical release in Greece while its first broadcasts have already been programmed abroad. Mr. Notis Forsos, Head Manager of Olympion Cinema and of the Film Museum in Thessaloniki comments: “I do not know if the film’s success could be considered surprising but it surely is impressive, at a moment in which cinema, commercial films included, goes through a box office crisis. The theater reminded us of festival days. We had a double full house, which is quite rare for commercially released films”.

The film will continue screening at AAVORA and STUDIO theaters in Athens, OLYMPION and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS theaters in Thessaloniki and VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete. On February 5th it will start screening at ΑΤΤΙΚΟΝ in Chania, Crete and on February 12th at CINELAND PANTELIS in Rethymno, Crete.

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AGORA’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL TV BROADCASTS

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Just before entering the 4th week of its theatrical release in Greece, AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, will shortly reach wider audiences abroad. The first TV broadcasts of the film have been programmed by the film’s co-producers in the Arab world and in Germany whereas a national broadcast will follow in Finland.

AGORΑ will be broadcast by AL JAZEERA ARABIC in two parts of 48 minutes each (watch the trailer here). The first part will be broadcast on Wednesday 4 February at 17:05 and the second part on Wednesday 11 February at 17:05.

On Thursday 5 February at 23:15 the 90-minute version of the film will be broadcast by public German television WDR (detailed information here).

On Monday 9 February at 21:30, AGORΑ will be broadcast by public Finnish television YLE (detailed information here).

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AGORA’S GREEK THEATRICAL RELEASE SPREADS THROUGHOUT GREECE

AGORA ENTERS THE THIRD WEEK OF ITS THEATRICAL RELEASE IN GREECE ON THURSDAY 29 JANUARY

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After its French premiere at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes FIPA 2015 in Biarritz (23 January 2015) and just before entering the third week of its national theatrical release, AGORΑ, the film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, receives an overwhelming response by audiences throughout Greece. The film will continue screening at AAVORA, ALKYONIS and STUDIO theaters in Athens as well as at PAVLOS ZANNAS and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS theaters in Thessaloniki. It also screens at VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete while on January 29th it will start screening at CINE PALLAS in Arta, on February 5th at ATTIKON in Chania, Crete and on February 12th at CINELAND PANTELIS in Rethymno, Crete.

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