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The Weird Wave of Greek Cinema: a Movement or a Moment?

Public Lecture by Dr Marios Psaras

In this talk, Dr Psaras revisits landmark films that constitute the main corpus of the so-called “Greek Weird Wave”, such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011), Panos Koutras’s Strella (2009) and Athina-Rachel Tsangaris’s Attenberg (2010), reflecting on a reading of the “weird” as “queer” and identifying the thematic and formal disenchantment with traditional heteropatriarchal values and the representation that guided the national imaginary and experience. He then turns to later works, such as Tonia Mishialis’ Pause (2018), to evaluate the after-effects of the original wave.

Organised by The Anglo-Hellenic League.   

Places for this event will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve your place(s), contact by 14 September.

Dr Marios Psaras holds a Degree in Education & Philosophy (University of Cyprus), an MA and a PhD in Film Studies (Queen Mary University of London). He is the author of the first book-length study on contemporary Greek cinema, The Queer Greek Weird Wave: Ethics, Politics and the Crisis of Meaning  (London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Dr Psaras has taught film theory at UK universities and published articles, reviews and book chapters on contemporary Greek, European and global queer cinema. He is a member of the Hellenic Film Academy, artistic director of the annual festival Cyprus Short Film Day, London, a member of the pre-selection committee of the National Section of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus and a member of the editorial board of Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies. Since September 2018, he has been the Cultural Counsellor at the Cyprus High Commission in London.


September 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Hellenic Centre
18, 16 Paddington St
London, W1U 5AS United Kingdom
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