The longest-running film festival in Athens, the Panorama of European Cinema (PEC), starts today, November 22 and will run until December 5.
At the heart of this year’s 31st edition, curated by film critic Ninos Fenek-Mikelidis, is the rich, multiform and often unexpected world of women. The festival opens with “Euphoria”, directed by the internationally acclaimed actress Valeria Golino. The festival’s closing film is “Ayka” by Kazakh director Sergey Dvortsevoy, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The festival also features retrospectives on Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Like every year, the festival’s international competition section features the latest European productions that are competing for the Panorama Award. This year’s awards will be given out by the FIPRESCI, the Pan-Hellenic Film Critics Association and the festival’s film directors committee, while the audience award will be given out by the magazine “Athinorama” readers’ committee.
The film screenings take place at the Trianon cinema in the center of Athens.