The Soft Power Lectures (4/6): Constantinos Hadzinikolaou on Sunsets, Acharnes, and Greek Cinema

Copyright: Michael Pappas Kaspar Wimberley of ACTOPOLIS Oberhausen, Copyright: Michael Pappas Elpida Karaba and Despoina Zefkili in the train to Acharnes , Copyright: Michael Pappas  Historical and Folklore Museum of Acharnes, Copyright: Michael PappasDark Room, Copyright: Michael Pappas Red curtain, Copyright: Michael Pappas  Constantinos Hadzinikolaou's lecture performance, Copyright: Michael Pappas
Constantinos Hadzinikolaou reflecting on his lecture performance that traced the relevance of Acharnes for the history of Greek cinema by linking a number of cinematic classics to the local museum’s collection of historical artefacts.
“I thought about Duras, the first scene of «India Song», a slow-moving sunset that I see over and over without ever having seen the whole movie. Duras was a writer and a director and said that it is best for a filmmaker not to stray too much from her home. The lecture would take place in Menidi however, away from Athens, away from places I know, but at the place, one of the most emblematic films in Greek filmography has been shot, Evdokia, a film that is dry and rough. A month ago, I visited the Historical and Folklore Museum of Acharnes. In the museum’s collection I saw two, three exhibits that made an impression on me. I will not elaborate further. I resumed writing the lecture from the beginning. People will come to Menidi by train, will walk through the museum, will arrive at the church’s cafe and this is where I will be waiting.”

For the fourth edition of «The Soft Power Lectures» on Saturday, 23rd of April, the Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) invited Constantinos Hadzinikolaou to give a lecture on cinema. The program started with a train ride to Menidi and was followed by a visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum of Acharnes. Hadzinikolaou's lecture «From sunset to sunrise» took place at the Kallitechneio of Acharnes. As part of the ACTOPOLIS microresidencies, Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley, participants of the ACTOPOLIS Oberhausen programme joined the event.

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