BALKAN CAN KINO

film screenings & workshops

Upcoming events: A NIGHT ON EARTH | 12.01.2018 at 21.00 FILMMAKERS ON THE REFUGEE CRISIS | In collaboration with Perspectives | 19.01.18 at 21.00 GREEK EXPERIMENTAL | 26.01.18 at 20.00

About


(Gr)
Το  Balkan Can Kino  είναι ένα συνεργατικό κινηματογραφικό εγχείρημα που ξεκίνησε το 2017 στην Αθήνα και φιλοξενείται στο ισόγειο του Communitism.
Κάθε Παρασκευή, από τον Δεκέμβριο του 2017 μέχρι τον Απρίλιο του 2018, προβάλλονται ταινίες σύγχρονης, ανεξάρτητης παραγωγής του ελληνικού και παγκόσμιου κινηματογράφου.
Στο πρόγραμμά μας έχουν κατατεθεί πάνω από 3000 ταινίες. Ταινίες μυθοπλασίας, ντοκιμαντέρ και πειραματικές, -μικρού και μεγάλου μήκους, που δεν εστιάζουν τόσο στον Ευρωπαϊκό Κινηματογράφο αλλά παρουσιάζουν διαφορετικές κοινότητες και κουλτούρες.
Μετά τις προβολές του σύγχρονου ελληνικού κινηματογράφου, πραγματοποιείται Q&A, με τους συντελεστές των ταινιών.
Παράλληλα στον χώρο διοργανώνονται εκπαιδευτικά σεμινάρια, αναλύσεις ταινιών, συζητήσεις και εξωτερικά κινηματογραφικά φεστιβάλ.
Το εγχείρημα είναι ανοικτό σε όσες και όσους ενδιαφέρονται να μας γνωρίσουν και να συμμετέχουν ή θέλουν να συνεργαστούν μαζί μας, γι αυτό κάθε Παρασκευή, 18.30 - 20.00, πραγματοποιείται  Ανοιχτή Συνάντηση Κινηματογραφιστών.
Μέσω των συναντήσεων, όνειρό μας είναι να δημιουργήσουμε ένα δίκτυο αλληλεγγύης και υποστήριξης μεταξύ των καλλιτεχνών που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Αθήνα.

*O χώρος είναι προσβάσιμος σε αμαξίδια.

(Eng)
Balkan Can Kino is a space created to showcase new filmmakers and indie filmmaking, hosted at Communitism, an art project aiming to motivate community structures into activating abandoned cultural heritage buildings in Athens.
In a series of screenings and discussions we would like to bring the work of new filmmakers -local and international- to the audience of Athens.

Please read carefully before submitting:

How do we choose films?
Our programme wants to highlight diversity in cinema and showcase films from different communities. We want our films to represent different cultures, to move away from a focus solely on Hollywood or European cinema. We focus on socio political issues but we are open to all genres and we accept submissions all year long. Films that promote racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour will be rejected without any explanation given.

If your film is chosen.
Connecting filmmakers with the audience and the filmmakers of the local community is really important to us, so we would love to host you in Athens during the screening of your film. Unfortunately we cannot cover any travel costs.

How do we work?
Have in mind that this is a self organised project. Any film chosen, will be screened at least one month after selection. We are happy to answer to any question you have via email, which usually takes 2-5 working days. Screenings take place every Friday evening. Also if your film is chosen, it could be screened in one of our events.

What is our aim?

We would like to create a place for filmmakers to co-exist, co-create and share knowledge. Our goal is to screen a feature film or a collection of shorts following a Q&A, every Friday evening at our space and hold workshops, round tables, discussions and video art sessions on weekdays and weekends. In addition, we are in the first stages of creating the first self organised film school in Athens, following Berlin's filmArche.

To submit your film, please fill out the following form.

Film Submission or submit via FilmFreeway


Are you interested in collaborating with us to organise an event?
We are happy to hear your suggestions about events via email, you will get our response in a period of two weeks. We are open to fundraising events to support any stage of your film production. Have in mind that we are unable to host parties and last minute ideas, so please send your event suggestion at least one month earlier before the date that you want your event to happen.

** Wheelchair accessible space.


About

Programme


A NIGHT ON EARTH
12.01.18 | 21.00 Balkan Can Kino
Doors open at 20.00
Keramikou 28

* Όλες οι ταινίες είναι με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους / All films are with English subtitles
** Είσοδος με ελεύθερη συνεισφορά / Entrance: Donation

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Nhà Ba Hoa
Σκην. / dir. Mala Reinhardt
8 min.
Γερμανία / Germany

Mai-Phuong Kollath recounts her memories of the arson attack of Rostock-Lichtenhagen in 1992. She thereby also reflects her own position as Vietnamese contract worker in the GDR.

H Mai-Phuong Kollath θυμάται την εμπρηστική επίθεση στο Ρόστοκ - Λίχτενχαγκεν το 1992 και το τι σήμαινε να είσαι εργάτρια από το Βιετνάμ στη ΛΓΔ.
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Nobady dies here
Σκην. /  dir. Simon Panay
23 min.
Γαλλία-  Μπενίν / France-Benin

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

Χρυσωρυχείο Πέρμα,  Mπενίν.
Κάποιοι ονειρεύονται να βρουν κάτι, άλλοι αντιλαμβάνονται ότι δεν υπάρχει κάτι να βρουν. Κάποιοι σκάβουν, ελπίζοντας να γίνουν πλούσιοι και άλλοι πεθαίνουν στην προσπάθεια.  Και μόνο λίγοι λεν ότι κανείς δεν πεθαίνει εδώ.
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arteSana
Σκην. / dir.  Antonella Cavallone10 min.
Αργεντινή / Argentina

A mother struggles and achieves the wellbeing of her children through the use of the cannabis oil she performs.

Mία μητέρα παλεύει για την υγεία και ηρεμία των παιδιών της και το επιτυγχάνει μέσω της χρήσης λαδιού κάνναβης που καλλιεργεί.
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Fireflies
Σκην. /  dir.  Johnson Rajkumar 6 min.
 νδία / India
In 1980s, when Manipur was inflicted with insurgency and armed violence, a group of women came out to the streets to uphold peace in the valley. Meira Paibis are loosely structured groups of women from each locality who volunteered to vigil through the night as a peace-building effort.

Στη δεκαετία του 1980, όταν στο  Mανιπούρ υπήρχαν εξεγέρσεις και ένοπλη βία, μια ομάδα γυναικών βγήκε στους δρόμους για να υποστηρίξει την ειρήνη στην κοιλάδα. Οι Meira Paibis είναι χαλαρά δομημένες ομάδες γυναικών, από διάφορες κοινότητες, που εθελοντικά παρελαύνουν τη νύχτα, σε μία προσπάθεια οικοδόμησης της ειρήνης.
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Disenchanted Cinema
Σκην. / dir. Eva Pivač & Matjaž Pinter
20 min.
Σλοβενία -  Νεπάλ / Slovenia - Nepal

In three remote mountainous villages in Mid-Western Nepal, the German anthropologist Michael Oppitz shot his legendary ethnographic film Shamans of the Blind Country (1981). A mobile cinema brings the film back to the places where it was filmed and gives the new generations an opportunity to revisit their own history through the ‘’magic’’ of cinema.

Σε τρία απομακρυσμένα ορεινά χωριά του μεσανατολικού  Νεπάλ, ο Γερμανός ανθρωπολόγος Michael Oppitz κατέγραψε τη θρυλική εθνογραφική του ταινία Shamans of the Blind Country (1981). Ένας κινητός κινηματογράφος φέρνει την ταινία πίσω στους χώρους όπου γυρίστηκε και δίνει στις νέες γενιές την ευκαιρία να ξαναβρεθούν με την δική τους ιστορία μέσω της «μαγείας» του κινηματογράφου.
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Paper, Horse and Birds
Σκην. / dir. Zoran Tairović
30 min.
Σερβία / Serbia

A day in the life of a Roma family, who collect secondary raw materials and live in Crvena zvezda, a part of the city of Niš. The film follows their activities – collection and division of scrap metal and waste paper, a family lunch and their everyday discussions. Despite the de facto difficult financial situation, we see a complex family with solidarity and warm interpersonal relations.

 Mια μέρα στη ζωή μιας οικογένειας Ρομά, που συλλέγει δευτερογενείς πρώτες ύλες και ζει στην Crvena zvezda, ένα μέρος της πόλης  Nις. Η ταινία ακολουθεί τις δραστηριότητές τους - συλλογή και διαίρεση παλιοσίδερων και απορριμμάτων, το οικογενειακό γεύμα και τις καθημερινές συζητήσεις τους. Παρά την de facto δύσκολη οικονομική κατάσταση, βλέπουμε μια πολύπλοκη οικογένεια με αλληλεγγύη και ζεστές διαπροσωπικές σχέσεις.

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THE UNSEEN MOVIES FESTIVAL
21.12.17 | 18.00-23.00
Pugnant Film Series
Balkan Can Kino
Doors open at 17.00

18.00 Parable of the Return του Juan Soto
18.50 Muito Romântico της Melissa Dullius και του Gustavo Jahn
20.10 Oscuro Animal του Felipe Guerrero
22.15 Dead Slow Ahead του Mauro Herce

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BALKAN  VOX
15.12.17 | 21.00
Balkan Can Kino
Opens at 20.00
Keramikou 28


The All Seeing Blind | Σκην. / Dir. Nuri Cihan Ozdogan
2017 / 17 min.
Με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους / With English Subtitles
Μυθοπλασία / Fiction
Τουρκία / Turkey

O χρυσός του Σαντάμ εισέρχεται λαθραία στην Τουρκία, κρυμμένος σε βαμβάκι. Τυφλοί εργαζόμενοι χρησιμοποιούνται για να πάρουν το χρυσό από το βαμβάκι, αλλά οι λαθρέμποροι προσπαθούν να αποτρέψουν τυχόν κλοπές. Δεν γνωρίζουν ότι ανάμεσα τους υπάρχει κάποιος που βλέπει.

The gold of Saddam is smuggled into Turkey hidden in cotton. Blind workers are used to pick the gold from the cotton but the smugglers try to prevent. They don’t know that there’s a seeing eye among the blind workers.


A Part of me | Σκην. / Dir. Lucija Pigl
2017 / 13 min.
Με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους  / With English Subtitles
Ντοκιμαντέρ / Documentary
Κροατία / Croatia

Η Romana, μια τρανς γυναίκα, λέει μια ιστορία για ένα μέρος που έχει αφήσει πίσω της και πώς είναι να είσαι διαφορετική σε μια μικρή πόλη στην Κροατία.

Romana, a transgender woman, tells a story about a part of her that she has left behind and what it's like to be different in a small place in Croatia.

The Son | Σκην. / Dir. Hristo Simeonov
2016 / 29 min.
Με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους / With English Subtitles
Μυθοπλασία / Fiction
Βουλγαρία / Bulgaria

Ένας εντεκάχρονος Ρομά ζει μαζί με τους γονείς του στη βουλγαρική ενδοχώρα. Ο πατέρας διδάσκει τον γιο ό,τι χρειάζεται να κάνει ένας άνθρωπος, για να κρατήσει την οικογένεια ζωντανή. Όταν ο πατέρας του δεν επιστρέφει ο γιος γίνετε επικεφαλής της οικογένειας.

An eleven-year-old gypsy boy lives together with his parents in the Bulgarian hinterlands. The father teaches the son everything a man should be able to do to keep the family alive. When his father doesn't return, the son becomes the head of the family.


Conversation on life | Σκην. / Dir. Agim Abdula
2016 / 15 min.
Με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους / With English Subtitles
Μυθοπλασία / Fiction
Μακεδονία / Macedonia

Η ταινία ανακατασκευάζει ένα γεγονός που συνέβη στον ήρωα της ταινίας, Vulnet, τον ίδιο τον συγγραφέα, όταν ήταν νέος.

The film reconstructs an event that happened to the hero, Vulnet, the writer himself, during his youth.


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Opening | Balkan Can Kino
8 December 2017 at 20.00
Keramikou 28, Athens
Ground floor


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Retrospective I Women of Greek Filmography
31 March - 2 April 2017
Communitism, Kerameikou 28


The retrospective is curated by director, writer & visual artist Dimitra Mitsaki

Friday, 31.03 

20.30 | Ursa Minor
Direction: Elissavet Chronopoulou
Duration: 86 min.
Year: 2015

Why does a polar bear feel sleepy come fall? Why does she loose her appetite?
Why does she avoid fights?
It' 's not easy to find out the secrets of the polar bear.

*After the screening, there will be a Q&A, with the director of the film Elissavet Chronopoulou


Saturday, 01.04  

17.00 | Αthene
Direction: Eva Stefani
Duration: 37min.
Year: 1995

The film depicts the life at the Larissa Railway station in Athens in the spring of 1995. The camera
focuses on the station’s ‘tenants’, Antonia, Florakis and George …

*After the screening, there will be a Q&A, with the director of the film Eva Stefani

18.30 | The Aegean or the anus of death
Direction: Eleni Gioti
Duration: 7min.
Year: 2014

A mysterious man appears at locations in Athens where racist attacks have taken place. Why is he giving life
jacket instructions? Who is he trying to save from the anus of death? Since 2000 more than 23.000 people from
Africa, the Middle East and beyond –war refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants– have lost their lives
while trying to cross the borders to Europe. Hundreds of them have drowned in the Aegean Sea JazraKhaleed’s
poetry assault is set at five locations in Athens where racist attacks have been reported during the last three years.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A, with crew members of the film.

20.30 | Burning from the inside
Direction: Marsia Tzivara
Duration: 64 min.
Year: 2015

Burning from the Inside focuses on the rise of the Greek Nazis Golden Dawn,
from the perspective of the Greek immigrants in Germany.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A, with crew members of the film.


Sunday, 01.04 

17.00 | No Budget - No Bullshit
Discussion - Open Call

Are film studies accessible to everyone?  
Berlin, 2001: A small group of filmmakers, funded the first self-organized film school in Europe.
Today, 16 years later, the school hosted over 1500 filmmakers.filmArche offers an extensive three-year
 training program in five departments: script, direction, photography, editing and production.
At the same time, it is a network with the outside world, maintaining a wide range of contacts in
the film industry, to cultural sectors at local and international level. filmArche is funded almost exclusively
by the low contributions of its members. Members, over the years, created a safe space for people
regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation and race and made clear that its premises
be no room for racist, sexist and fascist ideologies and behaviours. filmArche not only managed
to remain active and grow but helped a similar film school in Bamenda, Cameroon in 2015.
Having as an example filmArche, we invite professionals of all film departments, amateurs and
whoever loves the art of cinema, to join the first meeting in order to launch a dialogue, for setting
up a self-organized film school in Athens.

20.00 | Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair
Direction: Angelique Kourounis
Duration: 90'
Year: 2016

A journalist is delving for years into the organisation of the Greek neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn”.
The financial collapse, the political instability and the family relations are placed into the spotlight
as the documentary is trying to discover “what’s in the head of Golden Dawners, who pose as victims”
of the system.
Golden Dawn “never hid” its ideology. Its influence in the polls might have been almost nonexistent
 previously, but the compatibility of this ideology with unshakeable beliefs in Greece – cultivated by
many clergymen and most of the Media and political system – is the fertile ground on which
the organisation flourishes.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A, with crew members of the film.

Workshops


Are you interested in organising a workshop at Balkan Can Kino?
Send us an email with your idea at balkancankino@gmail.com

Contact


  • Kerameikou 28, Athens, Greece

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