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Cavafy in Berlin with the wings of cinematic poetry

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The festival first opened in 2002 and is internationally the first and largest of its kind to screen short films based on poetry.
Due to the pandemic, the festival will be held online, while taking advantage of Vimeo's video-on-demand capability and giving the public the opportunity to access its selected movies for a month (December).

It is worth mentioning that a total of 5 films from Greece are participating in this year's ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. As stated in the festival program: “CP Cavafy | The City (Wherever I Turn My Eyes To) Panagiotis Kountouras, Aristarchos Papadaniel (Nature Poetry section), “Thalassa Mou” Loucas Tsilas (Ocean Poetry section), “Ana” Georgia Cartharis (Mental Cinema section), “Kordelio Generation Camp” Yannis Karamitros, Zazra Khaleed (Internal and External Conflicts section) and “Argonautica” International Junior High School of Acharnes (section U21).

"K. P. Cavafy | The City (Where I Turn My Eye) "

Summary: As a funeral portrait of Fayoum, the look of the Poet who "acquired in Art" "something half-shaped, faces or lines" distinguishes with the blink of an eye the procession of souls in the hollow of the Eye. Audiovisual epigram in memory. To no avail.

 

The movie "K. P. Cavafy | The City (Where I Turn My Eye) " belongs to the genre of poetic documentary proposing the term audiovisual epigram. Its official premiere took place at the 14th Athens Animfest in March 2019, where it won the Audience Award for Greek films. An important milestone of the film was its official participation in the 24th International Environmental Film Festival "Green Vision" in November 2019 in St. Petersburg, which is the first and oldest film festival of environmental interest in Russia.

At the beginning of the year, the film was included by the Hellenic Film Academy in the 11 nominated short documentaries, from which the members of EAK were invited to select the 5 finalists for the Iris 2020 Award.

In November 2020 the film continues its journey to film festivals with stops at the 11th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival (Special Environmental Selection) in Amorgos, the 15th CYIFF Cyprus International Film Festival in Nicosia and the 14th Docfest in Chalkida.

Music - Performance: Aristarchus
Idea - Scenario: Aristarchos Papadaniel
Directed by: Panagiotis Kountouras, Aristarchos Papadaniel
Cinematography - Editing: Panagiotis Kountouras
Title design - Animation: Aristarchos Papadaniel
Visual effects: Panos Papadaniil
Sound Recording - Mixing: Thodoris Zefkilis SCA Studios
Bass: Thodoris Zefkilis
English version: Pierra Fotiadou | Cosmos Translations
Production execution: Aristarchos Papadaniel, Panagiotis Kountouras, Panos Papadaniil
Production: Syllipsis
Duration: 03 ': 25 ”
Greece 2019

MOVIE AWARDS:

- AUDIENCE AWARD (GREEK), 14th Athens Animfest 2019 (Athens, Greece)
- MUSIC VIDEO FINALIST, 13th London Greek Film Festival 2020 (London, United Kingdom)
- FINALIST, The Lift-Off Sessions 2019 (London, United Kingdom)
- HUMAN SPIRIT MERIT, Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2020 (Delaware, USA)
- ORIGINAL SCORE MERIT, Docs Without Borders Film Festival 2020 (Delaware, USA)

OFFICIAL FILM PARTICIPATIONS:

- 34th MIFA Annecy International Animation Festival 2019 (Annecy, France)
- 12th Animasyros 2019 (Syros, Greece)
- 17th Arouca International Film Festival 2019 (Arouca, Portugal)
- 5th Thessaloniki Animation Festival TAF 2019 (Thessaloniki, Greece)
- PRISMA Rome Independent Film Awards 2019 (Rome, Italy)
- 15th Athens Digital Arts Festival ADAF 2019 (Athens, Greece)
- 5th Animation Marathon 2019 (Athens, Greece)
- 24th International Environmental Film Festival “Green Vision” 2019 (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
- 9th Argo Film Festival (Volos, Greece)
- 11th Amorgos Tourism Film Festival (Amorgos, Greece)
- 15th CYIFF Cyprus International Film Festival 2020 (Nicosia, Cyprus)
- ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020 (Berlin, Germany)
- 14th Docfest (Chalkida, Greece)
- 11th PIFF Bridges International Film Festival (Corinth, Greece)

Currently, Panagiotis Kountouras and Aristarchos Papadaniel are collaborating in the context of the weekly TV show "Shots with a tail" (Saturday, 18:00, ERT2) which is directed by Panagiotis and for which Aristarchos created the visual identity (logo, , titles). The show is edited and presented by journalist Tassoula Eptakoili.

CURRICULUM VITAE

O Aristarchos Papadaniel is an award-winning director and animator. Author of the book "Greek Political Cartoon. The Serious Side of a "Funny" Art ", creator of the series" Pocket Cinema "and the poster book" A Bearer on TV "(Syllipsis). Co-creator, together with the author Sofia Mantouvalou, of the first Greek educational animated series "A Letter A History" (Educational Radio and Television | Ministry of Education, ERT1) for the Greek alphabet and language, which develops in an interactive learning environment A Highly com ).

His illustrations were published in magazines (Babel, Dance, 9, PC Magazine) and were shown on TV shows (The Apartment Building, One Month and

Something, The X Factor). Keynote speaker in the series of biographical documentaries "From the Small to the Big" (Association of Greek Screenwriters, Parliament Television) on the subject of great Greek cartoonists. Co-editor of the book "70 Years of Creating Greek Animations" (ASIFA Hellas - Greekanimation.com).

Co-founder of the award-winning creative office Syllipsis and founding member of the Hellenic Animation Association ASIFA Hellas. In 2020, under the Special Program for the Support of the Cinema Community, its proposal for the creation of a short animated film entitled "The Song of the Degrees" (production: Syllipsis) was selected to be funded by the Ministry of Culture and Sports (YPPOA) through Hellenic Cinema Center (EKK).

Ο Panagiotis Kountouras is an excellent graduate of the Department of Cinema (AUTh). His films "Invisible Heroes", "Wooden Box" and "Emoticon Man" have participated in dozens of festivals in Greece and abroad. His award-winning new film "IVAN", held its world premiere tat the Leeds Film Festival. He has directed more than 60 commercials, 120 TV episodes and music videos for renowned artists (Gus G., Dimitris Maramis).

He has directed the transnational EUFORIA program in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Film Festival, for which he has created 15 educational documentaries. With the documentary series "My Name is not Refugee" (TV100), he participated as a director in the World Conference on Public Television (Input 2017). He was in charge of film programs at Mantoulidis Schools and was one of the 6 finalists at the Medea Awards 2018 for global innovation in the use of video in education. Directs and presents the travel show "SELFIE" on ERT2. In August 2020, he participated in the Sarajevo Talents (by Berlinale Talents), in the directors summit program, mentored by the renowned Hungarian director Gula Gazdag.

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