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Athens: French Film Festival

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Photograph by Initiales JB
Photograph by Initiales JB

Beginning today, March 22, 2007, the Institut Français d’Athenes is hosting its eighth annual French Film Festival.

From today through April 1, the festival set up shop Athens, at the Attikon Cinema (Stadiou 19, metro station: Panepistimiou, tel: +30-210-322-8821, tickets €8, €6 for children and students (Monday through Thursday). Tickets can be purchased from Chad to Canada to Switzerland—along with a collection of classic works from important French directors, shorts, animation, and children’s films.

Right now, everybody is talking about something intriguing on the festival’s program: “Five films you must see before you die.” The films assigned to this category are free to moviegoers with student IDs.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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