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IN SITU REALITIES Eleusis Documentary Festival


IN SITU REALITIES Eleusis Documentary Festival

The 1st In Situ Realities – Eleusis Documentary Festival, a legacy project of 2023 Eleusis, is inaugurated with 12 premieres of documentary films, inspired by Elefsina and the surrounding areas, and with important collaborations from the world of cinema.

Information:

Admission to the main screenings is by ticket. Tickets: 3€ – 5€

For the workshops for teenagers, please book your seat here: https://form.jotform.com/233383349464362

Find out the Catalogue of the Festival here.

The programme is complemented by a series of masterclasses with renowned Greek directors, as well as educational programmes and screenings for children.

Inviting us to turn our gaze to Elefsina and immerse ourselves in what the city always offers generously, the stories of people and the identities of places and landscapes, the 1st In Situ Realities – Eleusis Documentary Festival opens on Friday 15 December with the iconic work Mystery 31 The Eleusinians by Filippos Koutsaftis, produced by 2023 Eleusis, with the parallel opening of another venue, that of cine Eleusis, and marks the beginning of celebrations for the Closing Ceremony of 2023 Eleusis, Mystery 1 CLOSING: OPENING, A ceremony.

For five days until Tuesday 19 December, more than 12 short and feature-length documentaries, produced or co-produced by 2023 Eleusis, will be screened in a nationwide premiere, including the new documentary by Filippos Koutsaftis titled Mystery 31 The Eleusinians (23 years after Agelastos Petra [Mourning Rock]), Mystery 69 Greekies by Menelaos Karamaghiolis, dedicated to abandoned and stray animals of all kinds, and Marianna Economou’s Dark Waters, which explores the city’s relationship with the sea. The programme also includes six documentaries focusing on West Attica under the general title Mystery 23 The Western Towns, created by six young filmmakers after a year spent wandering in the region: Pavlos Kosmidis, Giorgos Kravvaritis, Katerina Markoulaki, Fani Bitou, Panagiotis Papafragkos and Christiana Chiranagnostaki. The main programme of the Festival could not be without the cinematic approach to music. Short musical journeys inspired by Elefsina, from Greek tradition to contemporary electronic sound: Mystery 96 Chóres – The Kafkos (traditional Cretan rizitiko song) by Harry Koushos, Stereo Nova Video Club by Spyros Skandalos, and finally, Mystery 0 Mysteries of Transition – Opening Ceremony.

Among several important collaborations is the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, which presents a series of exquisite films including the recently awarded short film by Syllas Tzoumerkas My Mother is a Saint and the film Mother of Daughters by Elke Lehrenkrauss and Gioula Boudali, both co-produced by 2023 Eleusis. The recently awarded documentaries Under the Sky of Damascus by Talal Derki, Heba Khaled & Ali Wajeeh and The Voice by Dominika Montean-Pańków will also be screened. The Peloponnisos International Documentary Film Festival selects the film Kapr Code by Lucie Králová, while a documentary dedicated to the history of Panelefsiniakos, The Wheat on the Shirt by Yiannis Kanakis, Yiannis Panayiotarakos and Anna Psarra, produced in collaboration with the Public Benefit Enterprise of the Municipality of Elefsina, reveals the long history of the sports club and its impact on the local community.

The heart of the festival is set in the historic and recently restored space of cine Eleusis, 35 years after it ceased to operate. The main screenings and masterclasses with Filippos Koutsaftis, Eva Stefani, Menelaos Karamaghiolis and Syllas Tzoumerkas will take place in the main hall, while in the specially designed lounge area, Small Screens, the audience will be able to watch documentation from the activities of 2023 Eleusis.

Moreover, 2023 Eleusis in collaboration with the Peloponnisos International Documentary Film Festival and the Exile Room will transform the Canteen art hub into a hotbed of cinematic creativity for teenagers and children through workshops and screenings, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December.

Finally, Mystery 110 ORFEAS, a special site-specific video installation by Eva Stefani, brings the old Orfeas cinema back to life.

Mystery 31 The Eleusinians by Filippos Koutsaftis is implemented in the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan Greece 2.0 with funding from the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

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FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2023

CANTEEN ART HUB

18:00-20:00
MYSTERY 156
ELEFSINA STORIES
ELEFSINA 2083
Educational Programme for Teenagers

CINE ELEUSIS
Central Hall

21:00
THE ELEUSINIANS
FILIPPOS KOUTSAFTIS
Premiere
(2023, 99΄)
With parallel screenings in PUBLIC SPACE
[Old Oil Mill Factory Αmphitheatre, Iroon Square & Laou Square]

Lounge – Small Screens

20:00-00:00
SMALL SCREEN 1 | MYSTERIES: ONE YEAR IN ONE HOUR
SMALL SCREEN 2 | MYSTAE: THE ELEFSINIANS PARTICIPATE
SMALL SCREEN 3 | DEMYSTIFICATIONS: THE CREATORS IN THE LIGHT

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2023

CANTEEN ART HUB

11:00-15:00
MYSTERY 156
ELEFSINA STORIES
ELEFSINA 2083
Educational Programme for Teenagers

17:00
QUEEN WITHOUT LAND
ASGEIR HELGESTAD
(2018, 95΄)

Mystery 149
TRANSITION TO A CLIMATE-NEUTRAL FUTURE
MARIA LEONIDA
(2023, 17΄)

CINE ELEUSIS

Central Hall

15:00-17:00
Masterclass
MENELAOS KARAMAGHIOLIS
“The moving image as a starting point for actions with social impact”

17:00
MYSTERY 69 GREEKIES
MENELAOS KARAMAGHIOLIS – DØCUMATISM
Premiere
(2023, 90΄)

After the screening of the films there will be a discussion between the director and the filmmaker and visual artist Eva Stefani, and the viewers and participants of the project.

20:00
THE WHEAT ON THE SHIRT
YIANNIS KANAKIS, YIANNIS PANAYIOTARAKOS & ANNA PSARRA
(2023, 48΄)

21:00
THE ELEUSINIANS
FILIPPOS KOUTSAFTIS
(2023, 99΄)

Lounge – Small Screens

15:00-23:00
SMALL SCREEN 1 | MYSTERIES: ONE YEAR IN ONE HOUR
SMALL SCREEN 2 | MYSTAE: THE ELEFSINIANS PARTICIPATE
SMALL SCREEN 3 | DEMYSTIFICATIONS: THE CREATORS IN THE LIGHT

OLD ORFEAS MOVIE THEATRE

17:00-21:00
MYSTERY 110 ORFEAS
EVA STEFANI
(art installation)

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2023

CANTEEN ART HUB

11:00-15:00
MYSTERY 156
ELEFSINA STORIES
ELEFSINA 2083
Educational Programme for Teenagers

17:00
BIKE BIRD
KARI KLYVE-SKAUG, ODVEIG KLYVE
(2018, 15΄)

LOUIS AND LUCA – MISSION TO THE MOON
RASMUS A. SIVERTSEN
(2018, 80’)

CINE ELEUSIS
Central Hall

15:00-17:00
Masterclass
FILIPPOS KOUTSAFTIS
“Approaching the subject matter in documentary”

17:00
DARK WATERS
MARIANNA EKONOMOU
Premiere
(2023, 30΄)

SPORTZAL
PAVLOS KOSMIDIS
Premiere
(2023, 60΄)

Discussion with the directors will follow.

20:00
ALIENATION
VANGELIS GKINIS
(2023, 8΄)

THE ELEUSINIANS
FILIPPOS KOUTSAFTIS
(2023, 99΄)

Lounge – Small Screens

15:00-23:00
SMALL SCREEN 1 | MYSTERIES: ONE YEAR IN ONE HOUR
SMALL SCREEN 2 | MYSTAE: THE ELEFSINIANS PARTICIPATE
SMALL SCREEN 3 | DEMYSTIFICATIONS: THE CREATORS IN THE LIGHT

OLD ORFEAS MOVIE THEATRE

17:00-21:00
MYSTERY 110 ORFEAS
EVA STEFANI
(art installation)

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER 2023

CINE ELEUSIS
Central Hall

15:00-17:00
Masterclass
EVA STEFANI
“Reality as a mystery”

17:00
BIG DAYS
FANI MPITOU
Premiere
(2023, 51΄)

THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECT THINGS
GIORGOS KRAVVARITIS
Premiere
(2023, 46΄)

Discussion with the directors will follow.

19:00
KAPR CODE
LUCIE KRÁLOVÁ
(2022, 90΄)

20:45
THE LANDSHIP
TIMECIRCUS COLLECTIVE
(2023, 15΄)

25km
ELIANE ROUMIÉ
(2022, 10΄)

PERSEPHONE STREET
KLEOPATRA HARITOU
(2023, 30΄)

CHAMOMILE – TRANSIT
PANOS OIKONOMOU
(2023, 3΄)

(SACRED)* SEA ROUTE
MENELAOS KARAMAGHIOLIS
(2023, 5΄)

AFTER THE PERFORMANCE:
PERSIANS – A Journey in the Array of Souls
DIMITRIS KAMAROTOS
(2023, 12΄)

22:30
CHÓRES
Kafkos [Traditional Cretan rizitiko song]
HARIS KOUSIOS
(2023, 5΄)

STEREO NOVA VIDEO CLUB
SPYROS SKANDALOS
(2023, 7΄)

MYSTERY 0
Mysteries of Transition – Opening Ceremony
VASSILIS KOTRONAROS
(2023, 63΄)

Lounge – Small Screens

15:00-23:00
SMALL SCREEN 1 | MYSTERIES: ONE YEAR IN ONE HOUR
SMALL SCREEN 2 | MYSTAE: THE ELEFSINIANS PARTICIPATE
SMALL SCREEN 3 | DEMYSTIFICATIONS: THE CREATORS IN THE LIGHT

OLD ORFEAS MOVIE THEATRE

17:00-21:00
MYSTERY 110 ORFEAS
EVA STEFANI
(art installation)

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2023

CINE ELEUSIS
Central Hall

15:00-17:00
Masterclass
SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS
“The experience of live filming”

17:00
KEVEZOU
KATERINA MARKOULAKI
Premiere
(2023, 33΄)

HERE AGAIN
CHRISTIANA CHIRANAGNOSTAKI
Premiere
(2023, 32΄)

FIRST MILK
PANAGIOTIS PAPAFRAGKOS
Premiere
(2023, 33’)

Discussion with the directors will follow.

19:30
MY MOTHER IS A SAINT
SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS
(2023, 8΄)

ΤΗΕ VOICE
DOMINIKA MONTEAN-PAŃKÓW
(2022, 73΄)

21:30
MOTHER OF DAUGHTERS
ELKE LEHRENKRAUSS & YOULA BOUDALI
(2023, 17΄)

UNDER THE SKY OF DAMASCUS
TALAL DERKI, HEBA KHALED, ALI WAJEEH
(2023, 88΄)

Lounge – Small Screens

15:00-23:00
SMALL SCREEN 1 | MYSTERIES: ONE YEAR IN ONE HOUR
SMALL SCREEN 2 | MYSTAE: THE ELEFSINIANS PARTICIPATE
SMALL SCREEN 3 | DEMYSTIFICATIONS: THE CREATORS IN THE LIGHT

OLD ORFEAS MOVIE THEATRE

17:00-21:00
MYSTERY 110 ORFEAS
EVA STEFANI
(art installation)

Further Info

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Mystery 112: Maria Papadimitriou Dual Theatre, Or On Friendship

Mystery 112: Dual Theatre, Or On Friendship, a work by the distinguished artist Maria Papadimitriou, which includes a series of open fiction art workshops for – and with – the residents of Elefsina, will be presented from 22 January to 29 February.


Mystery 137 Transition Towards Professional Solidarity

A series of discussions, workshops and events will be organised from 6 to 10 March by 2023 Eleusis, in collaboration with the Culture for Change network, regarding the future and the development of collective initiatives by professionals in the cultural sector.


Mystery 176 Cinema Days

2023 Eleusis organizes screenings of documentary works related to its artistic program, the city, as well as contemporary reflections on key and timeless issues. Always with a hidden ambition to transform Eleusis into a landmark of a unique cinematic experience.


Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology

2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture organises for the first time on 29 and 30 March, at the Elefsina Old Oil Mill Factory, the conference “Narrative Archaeology | Performance in archaeological sites and excavation of human experience.” This two-day meeting takes place in the framework of the composite art activity Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology, with the aim of promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue between Arts and Archaeology.

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