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The Athens International Film Festival gears up for its 23rd edition

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- French directors Robin Campillo and Claire Denis will enjoy eclectic retrospectives at a festival featuring a Euro-heavy competition

The Athens International Film Festival gears up for its 23rd edition
The Other Side of Hope by Aki Kaurismäki

Featuring a wide selection of the festival circuit’s finest findings alongside a rich array of box-office darlings and red-carpet favourites, the Athens International Film Festival is gearing up for its 23rd edition (20 September-1 October). With Todd Haynes' majestic Palme d’Or contender Wonderstruck and Aki Kaurismäki's bittersweet Silver Bear winner The Other Side of Hope [+see also:
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bookending its eclectic programme, this year's festival will turn its spotlight on French directors Robin Campillo and Claire Denis, while John Huston's unique vision will also be highlighted via a selection of 11 titles from the virtuoso's filmography.

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Heavyweight titles such as Michael Haneke's Happy End [+see also:
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(France/Austria/Germany), Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
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(Italy/France/Brazil/USA), Darren Aronofsky's Mother! (USA) and Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless [+see also:
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(Russia/France) will be screened alongside festival sensations like Sean Baker's The Florida Project (USA) and Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here [+see also:
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(UK), while the gathering’s Special Screenings section will feature cult favourites like Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko, and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus in glorious restored versions.

In what shines as a Euro-heavy main competition programme, the Sundance-awarded Axolotl Overkill [+see also:
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(Germany) and Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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making of
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(Italy/France/Switzerland), Cannes-screened Ava [+see also:
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interview: Léa Mysius
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(France), Venice contender Foxtrot [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Maoz
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(Israel/Germany/France), Berlinale Forum participant My Happy Family [+see also:
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(Germany/Georgia/France) and Locarno winner Three Peaks [+see also:
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(Italy/Germany) will be pitted against films from the USA and Japan vying for the Golden Athena (accompanied by a €2,000 award), a prize previously awarded to such films as Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides and Yann Demange's '71 [+see also:
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Meanwhile, local talent will have its chance to shine via the Best Newcomer Awards, handed out annually to acting and directorial debuts, as well as the Short Film Awards for Best Picture (accompanied by €2,000), Best Directing, Best Script and Best Acting.

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