The Salesman (2016)

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A couple of months ago (before all hell broke loose and I almost forgot that I’m supposed to be a blogger of some sort), I went to the cinema and watched Asghar Farhadi’s Salesman. I remember it being a cold, winter night, and me leaving the building in awe, thinking how much people are missing when they keep on watching meaningless blockbusters. Then the Oscars came and, even if I consider their results to be highly predictable, I was really happy that a great film won an award (the best foreign language film one, in case you were wondering) so that it gained some of the popularity it deserved.

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Event: “The small world effect and the Art Worlds” @ Panteion

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Thursday, February 23d at 18h, opening night!

Panteion University and the Cultural Management MA class of 2016-2017 welcomes you to an art exhibition about the visualization of cultural social networks, a theatrical performance by Fabrica Athens and a music performance by Hesperia Guitar Ensemble, followed by a discussion about the Greek Cultural Industry and the rigours it’s facing nowadays.

Free admission!

For reservations please call: 6976 66 49 16

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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We watched I, Daniel Blake, a 2016 British-French production, on New Year’s Eve afternoon. It was awarded in various international film festivals (e.g. Cannes Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival) and a couple nominations are still pending (for example the British Independent Film Awards). We couldn’t have chosen a better way to end 2016 cinema-wise…

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La Tortue Rouge (2016)

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I watched The Red Turtle a few days before 2016 ended (and still this wasn’t the last film that I watched, since we also went to “I, Daniel Blake” on New Year’s Eve, but we’ll talk about that another time). It was sweetjaneeyre who advised me to go and I’m more than thankful to her for doing so!

A co-production of Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch and Why Not Productions, this French-Belgian-Japanese animation by Dutch-British director Michael Dudok de Wit was awarded the Prix spécial Un Certain Regard, at the Cannes’ Festival 2016. It doesn’t come as a shock since this film, multicultural as it is, can “speak” in a universal language, without saying a word.

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2016 + 1

A little treat before we begin.

I really dislike to-do lists and new year’s resolutions, so I consciously avoid them. Especially when it comes to things that I enjoy doing in my free time, such as reading and watching films, I cannot and I don’t want to limit myself. When everything else in my everyday life is full of deadlines, time schedules and restrictions, I find considering pleasures as chores almost a barbaric way of thinking. So today, not having set any particular resolutions for 2016, I can reminisce this year light-heartedly, without worrying whether I “managed what I had to”, or not.

Since I really enjoyed last year’s post, I decided to keep the same format. The basic difference is that, this year, there are also photographs to enhance my 2016 highlights:

  • The DOME, Experience «Traces» installation which I visited in March.
  • My trip to florescent and always nostalgic Corfu, in May.
  • My camping days at Kato Samiko, in August.
  • My succeeding in my MA’s entrance exams, in September.
  • Our trip to Sofia, in mid November.
  • A job that, if nothing changes, will start soon.

I shall keep the same ending phrase as last year, since it still expresses how I feel: “I do have certain resolutions for the year to come but they can be summed up to this: create as many beautiful memories as possible.”

I wish you all a very, very happy 2017!