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Constantine Giannaris Τribute

1.  3 Steps to Heaven / Constantine Giannaris, UK
2.  A Desperate Vitality – The Films by Pier Paolo Pasolini / Constantine Giannaris, UK
3.  A Matter of Life and Death / Constantine Giannaris, UK
4.  A Place in the Sun / Constantine Giannaris, Greece-UK
5.  Albania / Constantine Giannaris
6.  America Homage: Contagion / Constantine Giannaris
7.  America I / Constantine Giannaris
8.  America II / Constantine Giannaris
9.  Amorgos / Constantine Giannaris
10.  Andreu in Paris / Constantine Giannaris
11.  Barcelonetta / Constantine Giannaris
12.  Black Derek Boy / Constantine Giannaris
13.  Blue Eyes 2 / Constantine Giannaris
14.  Bombardment / Constantine Giannaris
15.  Caught Looking / Constantine Giannaris, UK
16.  Disco’s Revenge / Constantine Giannaris, UK
17.  Egypt / Constantine Giannaris
18.  Eleni’s Funeral Day / Constantine Giannaris
19.  European Son: Queer Demonstration / Constantine Giannaris
20.  From the Edge of the City / Constantine Giannaris, Greece
21.  Gender Pop / Constantine Giannaris, Greece
22.  Greeks (Greek Love and Sapphic Sophistication) / Constantine Giannaris, UK
23.  Grigoris / Constantine Giannaris
24.  Hostage / Constantine Giannaris, Greece-Turkey
25.  Jean Genet is Dead / Constantine Giannaris, UK-Greece
26.  Jerusalem / Constantine Giannaris
27.  Life and Death in the Athens Metro / Constantine Giannaris
28.  London / Constantine Giannaris
29.  London Garden / Constantine Giannaris
30.  Man at Sea / Constantine Giannaris, Greece
31.  Maurizio Siciliano / Constantine Giannaris
32.  Me as a soldier / Constantine Giannaris
33.  Monemvasia / Constantine Giannaris
34.  Mystras and Geraki / Constantine Giannaris
35.  New York Club / Constantine Giannaris
36.  North of Vortex / Constantine Giannaris, UK
37.  One Day in August / Constantine Giannaris, Greece
38.  Pireos Street / Constantine Giannaris
39.  Rock Globe, Rock Globe I, Rock Globe III / Constantine Giannaris
40.  Rooms / Constantine Giannaris
41.  Silences / Constantine Giannaris, UK-Greece
42.  Spin Me Round / Constantine Giannaris
43.  Tears of the Excavator / Constantine Giannaris
44.  Thai Box / Constantine Giannaris
45.  The Blue Sea / Constantine Giannaris
46.  The Kiss / Constantine Giannaris
47.  The Reading / Constantine Giannaris
48.  Trojans / Constantine Giannaris, Greece-UK
49.  Visions of Europe: Room for All / Constantine Giannaris, Denmark-Greece-France-Germany
50.  You Ripped It Out of Me: Eduardo I Love you / Constantine Giannaris
51.  Ηomeland / Constantine Giannaris

It’s no secret that in Greece – but not only here – we like to pigeonhole everything, putting it into tidy, but often thoughtless categories. We like to group things together in a way that makes them easy to classify, to compare, to disparage, to reject. Cinema is no exception, especially in the awkard nineties, when Constantine Giannaris burst in on the scene “from the edge of the city,”with a talent and a cinematic language that refused to be labeled, other than as really exciting cinema. That may not have stopped some people from trying to fit him into the dusty cupboard of their narrow minded logic, but Constantine Giannaris, his films and his mind were always one step ahead: The “auteur of the fringe” could make a film that would drew the wider public to the movie theaters and would have a guaranteed spot on TV, almost every August. It would take a filmmaker “imported”from Britain to read the reality of this country better than any Greek. This “audacious fellow” would win respect and acclaim at the world’s greatest film festivals. Giannaris has always overturned stereotypes and preconceived opinions; has always disproved malevolent expectations in the most meaningful way – that of cinema.
At the tribute to his oeuvre held by this year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Giannaris has done it again. He is presenting a director’s cut of his new film, Man at Sea, completely different to the version that screened a few months ago at the Berlin Film Festival, in a brave move – worthy of his film – that not many would have the guts to make. And that’s not all. Alongside the first ever presentation of his complete body of work, from his early experimental films and his TV documentaries to his latest feature film, Giannaris has a wonderful surprise in store for the Festival’s audiences. Delving into his kaleidoscopic collection of images, moments, and sensations, Giannaris offers us film footage which, up until now, was strictly private. Journeys to places and people, seasons, feelings, ideas – concentrated in small, addictive doses that reveal another, “secret” aspect of his work. Films like pages of a personal journal, which, however, absolutely concern us and reveal to us the lyricism, humor, tenderness, immediacy, and power that characterize Giannaris’ cinema in their most primary and essential form.

Yorgos Krassakopoulos

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