Top names in the swim at Evia

3rd edition of Greek island green initiative has water as its theme

by Amber Wilkinson

Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey will be among the films showing at the 3rd Evia Film Project
Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey will be among the films showing at the 3rd Evia Film Project Photo: Courtesy of Thessaloniki Film Festival
Burning Days director Emin Alper will host a masterclass
Burning Days director Emin Alper will host a masterclass
The Evia Film Project will return for its third edition, from July 2nd to 6, in Edipsos, Limni, and Agia Anna, focusing on water as its core theme. This year's festival will be attended by Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper and director and animator Fokion Xenos among others.

The green initiative, launched by Thessaloniki Film Festival will see water resources take centrestage. Sustainability, screenings, children’s workshops, and open discussions are set to take place with all screenings and events free and open to the general public.

Burning Days director Alper will be among those giving a masterclass at this year's festival, which began as a rejuvenation response to the devastating wildfires which hit the island in 2021. Heatwave animator Xenos will also give a masterclass, as well as musician Kostis Maraveyas, interdisciplinary artist Yoland Markopoulou and scriptwriter Katerina Bei.

Evia Film Project poster
Evia Film Project poster
The film line-up is as follows

  • The Odyssey, Director: Jérôme Salle - Jaques Cousteau biopic.
  • Jaws, Director: Steven Spielberg - Midnight screening of the shark classic.
  • The Host, Director: Bong Joon-ho - Creature feature.
  • Burning Days, Director: Emin Alper - A young prosecutor becomes embroiled in political conflict.
  • The Weight of Water, Director: Kathryn Bigelow - A photographer finds her own life taking on parallels with a witness in a 100-year-old murder she's researching.
  • Finding Dory, Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane - A fish and her friends go on an adventure as they look for her family
  • Above Water, Director: Aïssa Maïga - Documentary portrait of survival in a village hit by drought.
  • Twice Colonized, Director: Lin Alluna - Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter has long fought for the rights of her people. When her son suddenly dies, Aaju embarks on a journey to reclaim her language and culture.
  • Winona, Director: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris) - Four young women gambol on a beach. A day of play for close
  • Underwonder (4th episode), Director: Kostas Karydas - Exploring the submarine caves of Greece

Shorts

  • Heatwave, Director: Fokion Xenos - An animated day at the beach.
  • Nothing Holier Than a Dolphin, Director: Isabella Margara - An ancient myth of a dolphin comes to life.
  • On Xerxes’ Throne - Consideration of a dystopian workplace.
  • Postcards From The End Of The World
  • Is There life After The Fire? - consideration of the aftermath of the devastating fire that hit Evia in August 2021.
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