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14th Athens Open Air Film Festival- THE SHELTERING SKY (NEW DATE)
Screenings25 July 2024


The Railway Carriage Theater to Treno sto Rouf participates in the 14th edition of the Athens Open Air Film Festival with an open-air screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's excellent film TEA IN THE SAHARA in the cool area of ​​the Apovathra on Thursday, July 25. The entrance for the public is free.


Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: John Malkovich, Debra Winger, Campbell Scott, Timothy Spall
Display with digitally restored copy


When three well-to-do New Yorkers set foot on the thick sands of South Africa, a few years after the end of World War II, each can't wait to encounter something different there. When the journey begins, each of the three still carries on him the metropolitan air he used to breathe, the unwrinkled clothes of the city, the cultural arrogance. When the journey is over, no one will be the same and no one is guaranteed to return. The clothes will have worn out, the skin will have taken on the color and dust of the steppe, the eyes will express confusion and anguish, the destination will no longer seem vague, the rift between the tourist and the visitor will have been violent and deep. Because no one can be a mere observer in the desert. And no one there can escape himself. Bernardo Bertolucci attempted to adapt Paul Bowles' shocking novel for the screen, necessarily skipping over some of its charming mysteries. But behind the mystifying landscapes of otherworldly beauty photographed by Vittorio Storaro, the emotional score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, the lazy narration, Debra Winger and John Malkovich beautiful in their attractive self-destruction, there is the raw and desperate existential adventure that Bowles captured for brave leavers and ignorant tourists alike. Loukas Katsikas



The Athens Open Air Film Festival, the much-loved summer film institution organized by the Athens International Film Festival Premiere Nights and the Organization for Culture, Sports and Youth of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA) returns to the city, bright and full of energy!


The 14th Athens Open Air Film Festival is very happy to announce the start of its collaboration with DEI, thanks to which it will offer a renewed, dynamic and rich film program to the residents and visitors of the city, lighting up our summer nights with great cinema.


With the support of DEI, this year's event, the 14th Athens Open Air Film Festival powered by DEI, fills all of Athens with brilliant cinematic light, highlighting classic but also unexpected parts of the city and turning them into the most beautiful and exciting outdoor cinemas, with more of 20 free screenings from June to September.


The President of the Film Society of Athens, Mrs. Maria Bombola, states: "I express my joy for the cooperation of the Film Society of Athens with PPC. I hope that together we can light up the city's summer evenings with brilliant cinema and culture that takes us on a journey to open, free horizons."


14th Athens Open Air Film Festival- THE SHELTERING SKY (NEW DATE)