Glances and bodies, emotions and space, a cinematic world
Dimitri Athanitis is an outstanding Greek film director, member of the European Film Academy, founding member and first secretary of the Greek Film Academy. Born in Athens, he studied cinema and architecture.
His last film Invisible (2016) gained 15 Awards at more than 40 festivals, playing for 17 weeks at Athens theaters and in more than 35 Greek cities, making an incredible record.
"For innovating Greek cinema" with his debut Addio Berlin (1994) he gained the Jury’s Special Prize at Thessaloniki IFF. This low budget indepedent film became cult at once, while Athinorama noticed "maybe the next big name in Greek cinema".
His second feature, the provocative and classic now, No Sympathy For The Devil (1997), shot also in black and white, created a scandal in TIFF and gained the Best Actress Award, representing Greece at the International Competition, honored also by a Ministry of Culture Distinction.
2000+1 Shots (2001), Athanitis's film on millenium, a mosaic of a city and a mosaic of a planet as well, gained international recognition and in the cine bible Senses of Cinema, Bill Mousoulis chose it among the 10 best films in the world for 2001.
An Athens Summer Night’s Dream (1999), a modern adaptation of the theatrical play, was included in Shakespeare and World Cinema by Mark Burnette, while Planet Athens (2005), a film on the Athens Olympics, is the one and only fiction ever shot in real time during the Games.
Three Days Happiness (2012) gained 4 awards, had a high critical perception and was selected by the TIFF among the 100 all time top Greek films.
Athanitis's short films are also extraordinary; Philosophy (1993) prophets the Greek bail out, Mister X (1994) is a silent story about a clerk living in his suitcase while Madonna Calls Fassbinder (2008) is actually what the title promises.
Athens Underground (2011-2018), a reconstruction of the city's image based on 6+1 films of his, is a video installation in continuous progress. It was included in the world review for visual arts by the Italian Cultura Universale, 2/2012, the only Greek reference.
His first book Secret Encounters(2017), a cinematic voyage through meetings with stars, directors, writers and even underground figures, had a special first presentation at the Athens Book Festival and later in Thessaloniki Film Festival, Drama FF and many Greek cities.
A trully indepedent filmmaker, Dimitri Athanitis is also writer and producer of his films and allways the sound designer and music curator. As an actor he has appeared in films like Radio Moscow, Strangers in a Strangeland, Vengos A Man for all Seasons, Addio Berlin, No Sympathy For The Devil, Vox, a.o.
2019 Labyrinth (documentary)
2012 Three Days Happiness
2011 Athens Underground (short)
2009 Madonna calls Fassbinder (short)
2005 Planet Athens
2000 2000+1 Shots
1999 An Athens Summer Night’s Dream
1997 No Sympathy for the Devil
1996 Vox (telefilm)
1994 Addio Berlin
1994 Mister X (short)
1993 Philosopphy (short)