AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos received the Best Documentary award at the 9th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival! The Orpheus Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday night June 7th at the fully packed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
At the ceremony, director Yorgos Avgeropoulos sent his warmest greetings from Athens with a brief but significant speech: "I would like to thank you and the organizers of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival for the hospitality of the film and their warm hearts. I hope AGORA contributes in a deeper understanding of Greece and Europe's financial and social crisis. I think time has come to ask ourselves: What is the biggest achievement of Europe? Is it Market's Economy? Or Democracy? I believe the biggest achievement of Europe is Democracy and we now have to defend it, day by day."
This year’s festival Jury were Gary Mairs, Associate Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts, Anastas Michos, ASC, Director of Photography, John Sideropoulos, Founder of 3 Ring Circus and Mark Roybal, Executive Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox.
"Documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos has for the past 13 years been reporting back to Greece on world problems, but he now turns the camera back to the birthplace of democracy. Here he finds homeless people, soup kitchens, unemployment, poverty, violence, fascism and solidarity movements, and examines what the economic crisis has meant to the ordinary Greek citizen".
"After years of documenting worldwide issues, the director urgently turns his camera towards his homeland. He records the development of the Greek crisis from its early stage, while tracing its impact on the lives of simple people from all social classes. He witnesses popular protests in the streets, the development of solidarity movements as well as the rise of fascism, while at the same time he seeks answers from his country's significant insiders, analysts and key decision makers."
After a rather successful national theatrical release and while screening events and broadcasts continue both in Greece and abroad, AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, will participate in Greece’s most important documentary film event, the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (13-22 March 2015). The film will screen at the Greek Panorama section twice, on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
AGORΑ will have its German festival premiere at the 30th International Documentary Film Festival DOK.FEST in Munich (May 7-15, 2015), one of the major documentary film festivals in Germany and Europe. 146 films from 37 countries have been selected, AGORΑ being the only Greek production featuring in this year’s programme. The documentary film-arc of the Greek Crisis has been officially selected for the DOK.Money section, a film programme focusing on various aspects of today’s global economy. Film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will attend the premiere on May 14th and will hold a Q&A session with the audience. Two more screenings on May 15th and 17th will follow.
AGORΑ will also have its Latin American premiere at the end of this month in Argentina’s capital. The film will premiere at the 16th Buenos Aires International Human Rights Film Festival (17-24 June 2015) and will screen on Tuesday 23 June, 20:30 and Wednesday 24 June, 22:30 as part of the International Feature Film Competition together with 15 films representing 14 countries.
AGORΑ will have its Italian premiere at the 10th Festival of Economics in Trento (29 May – 2 June 2015). The film will screen on Saturday 30 May at 19:00 at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento. The screening will be preceded by a debate on the policy followed by the EU in Greece coordinated by sociologist Mario Diani. Film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will be available after the screening for debate with the audience.
AGORΑ will have its Canadian premiere at Cinéma sous les étoiles (26 June – 8 September), a summer festival which showcases a rich selection of international social documentaries in Montreal’s public parks. Screenings are scheduled on July 20 and August 19.
AGORΑ will have its Asian premiere at EBS International Documentary Festival (24–30 August 2015) hosted in Seoul, South Korea, renowned as one of Asia’s most prestigious documentary festivals. The documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis is one of the 10 documentaries featuring in this year’s competition. The film will screen twice on August 27 at 18:40 and August 29 at 12:00. It will also be broadcasted by South Korea’s National Television EBS on August 25 at 21:30.
“From 2010 to 2014, the Greek population had to bear the brunt of austerity measures implemented by the European troika. Popular mobilizations against austerity policies escalated whilst racism rose. Why did the Greek public choose to put Syriza in power instead of the Golden Dawn? This documentary is essential to have a better grasp of the current events in Greece.”
AGORΑ travels to California to participate in the International Documentary Competition of the United Nations Association Film Festival. AGORΑ is the only Greek production selected for this year’s festival, which will present 60 films from 52 countries. Screening on Tuesday, October 20 at 19:00 at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
AGORΑ participates in the 22nd Greek Film Festival of Australia (October 14 – November 29) which showcases the most recent Greek films in 5 cities. Screenings on Sunday, October 18 in Sidney (Palace Norton Street, 13:45) and on Saturday, October 31 in Melbourne (Palace Cinema Como, 14:00).
Scottish premiere for AGORA at Document - International Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, October 17 at Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts.
AGORΑ travels to Latin America to participate in the 7th International Film Festival Memoria Verdad Justicia in Guatemala. The film screens on Thursday, November 5 at 18:30 at Cine Lux in Guatemala City.
Leicester Docfilm Festival in association with the Media & Democracy Research Group, University of Leicester organizes a screening of AGORΑ in the context of the Documentary Media Month hosted at the Documentary Media Centre in Leicester. The screening of AGORΑ is scheduled on Friday, November 20 at 18:00 and will be followed by a Q&A session via Skype with film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
AGORΑ will screen at the 29th Munich Greek Film Week (November 12-22). This year’s event will showcase 13 recent Greek fiction and documentary feature films as well a selection of short films. AGORΑ will screen on Sunday November 22 at 17:00 at the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich.
AGORΑ has been selected to participate in the International Competition of HumanDoc International Film Festival (November 20-22) in Warsaw. This year’s festival presents 17 films recently produced in 31 countries all over the world. AGORΑ screens on Sunday, November 22 at 12:00 at Kinoteka.
AGORΑ participates in the International Competition of the 19th International Film Festival of Mediterranean Film & Reportage PriMed (5-12 December 2015) in Marseille, France.
This year’s festival competition features 24 films representing 18 countries, among which 3 films from Greece. AGORΑ has been programmed in the competition category “Mediterranean Challenges”. The film screens on Thursday 10 December at 17:30 at Villa Méditerrannée.
AGORΑ participates in Hellas Filmbox Berlin (January 21-24), the first Greek Film Festival in Berlin. A new festival established in 2015 which wishes to highlight the current, highly artistic Greek film scene and present it to a German audience, offering through the eyes of its filmmakers images of the Greek reality that is impossible to access through the mainstream German media. AGORΑ will screen in the Documentary Competition section together with 11 Greek documentary films. The screenings will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 15:30 at Babylon Cinema.
AGORΑ participates in Peloponnese International Documentary Film Festival (January 20-31). Organized by Kalamata’s Creative Documentary Centre, the festival expands in four cities and presents a panorama of 76 Greek and foreign documentary films produced in the last five years. AGORΑ will screen on Saturday, January 23 at 21:30 at Cine Cinema in Amaliada.
AGORΑ participates in Globale Film Festival (January 22 – February 4) which will take place in eight cities of Hesse, Central Germany. The film will screen on Monday, January 25 in Marburg (Capitol Cinema, 18:00) and Giessen (Jokus, 20:30). Screenings will be followed by discussions with academic researcher Fabian Georgi (University of Marburg).
AGORA participates in the 20th Sofia International Film Festival (March 10-31), the leading festival in Bulgaria and one of the key film events in Central and Eastern Europe. The film will screen as part of a special program of independent documentaries curated by Cinema Politica Network. Τhe screening will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 18:00 at Goethe-Institut and will be followed by a Q&A session via Skype with filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos.
AGORA participates in the 2nd Dublin Greek Film Festival (April 21-24) that takes place in the heart of the Irish capital aiming to promote Greek culture through a variety of films and events and show links between Ireland and Greece. The Festival will showcase the latest films by both internationally established directors and emerging filmmakers, who are currently producing many of the most dynamic, innovative and provocative films in the world. The screening of AGORA is scheduled on Friday, April 22 at 18:00 at Filmbase.
AGORA travels to Latin America to participate in the 5th Ecofalante Film Festival (June 15-29) in São Paulo, Brazil. The festival features more than 100 films representing 23 countries, AGORA being the only Greek production featuring in this year’s programme. The film has been selected for the “Economy” category.
AGORA will be screened twice at Reserva Cultural cinema, on Wednesday June 22 at 18:30 and on Monday June 27 at 16:30. A third screening is scheduled on Friday June 24 at 19:00 at the São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP).
AGORA participates at Urban Stories Festival (March 13-16), a festival about urban journalism, storytelling, future cities and technology.
The Urban Stories Festival, which is organized in Amsterdam by Pakhuis de Zwijger , shares the most important stories the city accommodates. This four-day festival takes a look at urban journalism as a tool to address urban issues and provides a stage for innovative city stories.
AGORA will be screened on Wednesday March 15, at 17:30, at Studio, Pakhuis De Zwijger.
AGORA participates at the 9ème Panorama du Cinéma Grec Contemporain (March 22-27), a very popular institution in the French capital that aims to present to the audience an eclectic array of Greek films produced the last two years.
This year's Panorama is organized by the Centre Culturel Hellénique with the support of the Greek Film Center, and showcases 7 feature films, 6 documentaries and 1 short film that stood out from the Greek movie production, acting as ambassadors for Greek cinema in Paris.
AGORA will be screened on Friday March 24, at 15:30, and Saturday March 25 at 16:30 at the Cinéma Le Balzac.