Fantastic news for Greek independent cinema.
It was announced today that Dogtooth will be compete for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Attenberg is currently screening at the Sundance Film Festival, and is the first Greek film to be invited to the program.
In a matter of hours, Wasted Youth will open the Rotterdam Film Festival. In February, Amnesty, an Albanian/Greek/French co-production will world premiere in the Forum of the Berlin Film Festival. Amnesty and Wasted Youth are alumnae of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival's Agora/Market Works-in-Progress industry section.
According to A. O. Scott in a New York Times travel piece, "...The cutting-edge festival is to be found in Thessaloniki, Greece....The festival has programs devoted to new films from Greece and the Balkans, both sites of cinematic resurgence in recent years."
In my coverage of last year's edition of the festival, I discussed the burgeoning national cinema. The festival's new director, Dimitris Eipides, told me, “The next hotspot? It could be Greece.”