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Fellini’s spirit revives in Athens for ten days

29 October 2013 / 19:10:15  GRReporter
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20 years after legendary film director Federico Fellini passed away, the Italian Educational Institute of Athens and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation are paying tribute to the great master of cinema. They are organizing a series of events related to his work, including a retrospection of some of Fellini’s most famous films, a photographic exhibition and a show of documentaries.

The events are taking place in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, the cultural association Cinemazero (Pordenone) and the Italian film studio Cinecittà Luce.

The events will show some of Fellini's most important films like "Dolce Vita", "Viteloni", "The White Sheik", "Rome", "Ginger and Fred", "The Clowns", "Juliet of the Spirits" and "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio". The film preserves the memory of the director who, being inspired from his inner voice, has created a new way of presenting reality while, at the same time, giving life to poetic, fantastic and fabulous films.

The film retrospection will take place at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation from 18 to 24 November. The opening will be held on 18 November, featuring film critic and journalist Yiannis Zoumboulakis and co-founder of Cinemazero Cultural Association Andrea Krozoli.

An exhibition entitled "8 1/2: Fellini’s Journey" will take place at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation again, from 13 to 24 November. Photographer and journalist Gideon Bachman will present the director while working on the film and behind the scenes.

The exhibition in Athens will include 96 photographs taken by Bachman while Federico Fellini was filming "8 1/2". The photographs have been provided by the photographic archive of Cinemazero Images.

For 40 years, Gideon Bachman was closely following and interviewing the great director both during filming and during their meetings, recording their lengthy discussions. Interviews with Fellini’s family members, friends and colleagues will be presented as well.

The documentary "L'ultima sequenza" directed by Mario Sesto will be shown in the days of the exhibition (13 to 24 November) too. It recreates one of the two finales filmed by Fellini for "8 1/2". The action takes place in a luxurious dining car, where all participants in the film gather. Fellini had however replaced this frame with a dance in a circle, which is the end of the film.

"L'ultima sequenza" is realized with the help of the people who attended its filming by the great director and had the good fortune to see it on the big screen. Today, just Bachman’s photographs and his records of his conversation with Fellini, in Italian and English, which have never been used before, present that mysterious frame.

Tags: CinemaFederico FelliniFilm retrospectionPhotographic exhibitionMichael Cacoyannis Foundation
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