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LUX Audience Award Programme at

International Independent Film Festival of Athens - KINOATHENS 

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International Independent Film Festival of Athens - KINOATHENS in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Athens is showcasing - 4 - films participating in LUX AUCIENCE AWARD Voting. We are delighted to partner with European Parliament Liaison Office in Athens to present free admission films for the LUX Audience Award 2024. 

The LUX Audience Award aims to strengthen ties between politics and the people by inviting European audiences to become active and rate their favourite films.

The audience will have the opportunity to watch the award-nominated films at the Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation with free admission on the following days:

Monday, 4th March 2024





On the Adamant


Directed by Nicolas Philibert (France, Japan | 109 min | 2022)

The Adamant is a unique day care centre: it is a floating structure. Located on the Seine in the heart of Paris, it welcomes adults suffering from mental disorders, offering them care that grounds them in time and space, and helps them to recover or keep up their spirits. The team running it is one of those that try to resist the deterioration and dehumanization of psychiatry as best it can. The film invites us to board it and meet the patients and caregivers who invent its life day to day.

7.00pm in Michael Cacoyannis Foundation 


Tuesday, 5th March 2024










The Teachers' Lounge


Directed by Ilker Çatak (Germany | 98 min | 2023)


Carla Nowak, a young high school gym and math teacher, reports for her first class at her new high school. What mainly distinguishes Carla from her new colleagues is her idealism. But a series of unsolved thefts sours the atmosphere among the teaching staff. When a Turkish student is accused and humiliatingly summoned before the principal, Carla decides to investigate. With the help of a hidden camera and to everyone’s surprise, she exposes the thief: the inconspicuous staff secretary, Friederike Kuhn. But her revelation presents Carla with an unsolvable dilemma: Friederike Kuhn is the mother of her most talented pupil, Oskar Kuhn. For Carla, the forces she has unleashed slide steadily out of control. On the one hand, she is increasingly isolated from her colleagues. On the other hand, Carla has to face up to the psychological strain she has caused Oskar, as the other kids start calling him “son of a thief”. The school administration has an uncomplicated solution for such cases: Oskar is to be transferred to another school. Oskar, unintimidated as his suspended mother, contacts the school newspaper, to publicize his mother’s perspective which sparks a heated debate over truth and justice.

7.00pm in Michael Cacoyannis Foundation 

Wednesday, 6th March 2024




Fallen Leaves


Directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland, Germany | 81 min | 2023)


Fallen Leaves tells the story of two lonely people (Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen) who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honourable goal is clouded by the man's alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other's names or addresses, and life's general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness. This gentle tragicomedy, previously thought to be lost, is the fourth part of Aki Kaurismäki's working-class trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl).

7.00pm in Michael Cacoyannis Foundation 

Thursday, 7th March 2024


Smoke Sauna Sisterhood


Directed by Anna Hints (Estonia, France, Iceland | 89 min | 2023)


Tucked in a lush green forest in southern Estonia, a group of women gather in the safe darkness of a smoke sauna to share their innermost thoughts and secrets. Enveloped by a warm, dense heat, they bare all to expel fears and shame trapped in their bodies and regain their strength.

7.00pm in Michael Cacoyannis Foundation 

Proudly presented by International Independent Film Festival of Athens - KINOATHENS in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Athens.

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