[MGSA-L] Invitation to film screenings at NYU in November

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Fri Nov 9 16:09:53 PST 2012

Invitation to Film Screenings
From:"Anastasia M Diakaki" <anastasia.diakaki at nyu.edu>

The A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies at NYU presents:
Kinship, Desire and Crisis in Contemporary Greek Film

Three screenings with introduction by Dimitris Papanikolaou
University Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies, University of Oxford

Visiting Fellow, Remarque Institute, NYU

November 15, 6:30 pm - Homeland by Syllas Tzoumerkas
November 26, 6:30 pm - Strella by Panos Koutras
November 29, 6:30 pm - Attenberg by Athina Tsangari

All Screenings are free and open to the public. 

Room 305, 194 Mercer Street

For more information, please contact amd424 at nyu.edu

There Is Something About the Family
Kinship, Desire, and Crisis in Contemporary Greek Film

The recent sociopolitical and economic crisis in Greece is provoking a dramatic reconsideration of institutions and cultural narratives in the country. One of the most prominent examples is the new critical approach to institutions of kinship, especially the Greek family, which is now being presented as a claustrophobic and problematic social agent. This is exactly the starting point of the most interesting contemporary films that have come out of Greece in the last four years, such as Homeland, by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Attenberg, by Athina Rachel Tsangaris, Strella, by Panos Koutras, and Dogtooth, by Yorgos Lanthimos. All these films reconsider the ideas of kinship and national belonging, while also offering a very complex view on situations of precarity and social disjuncture that relate to the current Crisis. Sexual identity, non-normative desire, and affect, are used in these films as strategies that, among other things, explore novel familial
 arrangements, historical poetics, and political possibilities.

There will be three screenings, of Homeland (Thursday 11/15), Strella (Monday 11/26), and Attenberg (Thursday 11/29), with introduction and discussion led by Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou, and, on Thursday December 13th, an illustrated talk titled 'The Anxiety of Allegory: A Reading of Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth and Alps'.

Dr. Dimitris Papanikolaou is University Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies/Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow at the Remarque Institute, NYU. A well-known cultural critic for the Greek press and author of the monograph Singing Poets: Popular Music and Literature in France and Greece, he is currently completing a book on the representation of the Greek family in contemporary literature, film, and theater. 

All screenings are free and open to the public
Room 305, 194 Mercer Street
For more information, contact Anastasia Diakaki at 212.998.3990
or amd424 at nyu.edu

Anastasia Diakaki
Academic Administrator
A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies
285 Mercer Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6653
Tel: (212) 998 3979

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