Stars, sea and cinema at Greek island of Syros Film Festival

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Stars, sea and cinema at Greek island of Syros Film FestivalThis year the festival will also be catering to younger viewers with a screening series aimed at children and teenagers

The Greek island of Syros is offering fans of film, artisanal beer and the salty sea breeze a little piece of paradise this summer, as the Syros International Film Festival returns for a sixth year, with another cracking program. With events taking place across the island – venues include a quarry and a shipyard – the festival invites audiences and filmmakers on a new type of cinematic adventure.

This year’s SIFF will present a wide selection of genres, ranging from archival footage to documentaries. The festival will also feature master classes, discussions and live shows, all centered on the question: “Is it real?” – an investigation into the construction of reality.

Highlights include the screening of “Betrogen” by German filmmaker Harun Farocki, which is being projected outside of Germany for the first time. The organizers have also put together a tribute to the late Greek filmmaker Nikos Panayotopoulos. Directors Angelos Frantzis and Eva Stefani, who were both close to Panayotopoulos, will be presenting his 1974 work “The Color of Iris,” along with Frantzis’s short film “Nineteen.”

Those attending the festival will also have the opportunity to take part in master classes with award-winning Portuguese director Miguel Gomes and German experimental filmmaker Jurgen Reble, who will open the 2018 festival on July 17 with a live cinema-performance at central Miaouli Square in the island capital, Ermoupoli.

This year the festival will also be catering to younger viewers with a screening series aimed at children and teenagers made in cooperation with production company Anemos.

Kathimerini newspaper English Edition met with the festival founders, Jacob Moe and Cassandra Celestin, to discuss this year’s SIFF highlights, their hopes for the festival and its relationship with Greece.

Read the full interview at ekathimerini.com

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