A.T.H.E.N.S. (As The Human Endless Nothingness Survives)
Athens, humans, animals, everyday life, coexist with the desperate and furious voice of Panagiotis, and the disregarded gentle speech of Apostolis.
Runtime:1 hour 4 minutes 40 seconds
Completion Date:March 1, 2022
Production Budget:9,500 EUR
Country of Origin:Greece
Country of Filming:Greece
Language:Modern Greek (1453-)
Shooting Format:full hd
November 23, 2022
May 13, 2023
Christos PitharasCountry: Greece
George Danopoulos studied sound theory and film history. From 2001 to 2013 he worked at the Greek National Opera as sound engineer and videographer. At the same time, he became involved in photography and very soon collaborated professionally with various publications, such as Lifo, on social reporting.
In 2010, on his own initiative, he made his first directorial attempt with the documentary "Operetta your inner world", which aimed to highlight the excellent operetta performances of the Greek National Opera’s second stage, at the Acropole Theatre.
Since then he has worked in film and television productions as a photographer and videographer, has created video clips and theatrical trailers, has collaborated with foreign agencies such as Sipa Press for productions in Greece, and participated in the training programs of the Caravan Project.
In 2018, he completed the short documentary "Rita", a film that approaches the character of a prostitute in a brothel located in Athens. So far "Rita" has had 25 participations in festivals in Greece and abroad, has been awarded in 7 of them, and among the most important are: the award for best documentary at the Unfiltered Cinema in Minsk, Belarus, the first prize at the 13th Documentary International Film Festival of Chalkida in 2019, and the grand prize of the committee at the 4th IPAS International Independent Film Festival in Athens, in which George Danopoulos has been nominated member of the jury for the year 2021. "Rita" has been screened three times on the Greek public television channels ERT 2 and ERT 3.
In 2019-20, he signed as the Director of Photography for the short documentary film “BadLand” directed by Christos Pitharas. This is an artistic approach
on the subject of the fire disaster in Mati, a coastal urban area east of Athens. BadLand has won the Best Director Award at the 14th PRVI KADAR International Film Festival in Sarajevo.
In 2021, he collaborated with mAPs - migrating Artists Project as the Director of Photography for the dance film “36 MONTHS - Fighting for Zak”. The project was supported by Creative Europe program and presented as a case study during the conference of Clermont-Ferrand International Shorth Film Festival in 2022.
In March of 2022 he completed the observation feature documentary film, titled “A.T.H.E.N.S.”, which has been shot during the past three years. The film’s subject is the city of Athens, through stories of its inhabitants, as an experiential approach to observing moments of their daily activity.
At the begging of 2023 he finished the short documentary film “Exit Within” as part of the co-production of the Peloponnese International Documentary Film Festival of Greece and the ZINEBI International Documentary Film Festival of Bilbao, Spain.
The film links art, confinement in adult and juvenile prisons, and life after incarceration, and forms part of a modular feature length documentary film titled "Claiming freedom'.
I hope this film will draw viewers into an observation journey of Athens in the same way that I was carried away during filming, exploring its layers from a different perspective. And by different, I mean the personal way each of us regards and comprehends when letting ourselves be carried away by space, time, people, and animals that live and breathe among us.
Eventually the viewer may find that human activity in a big city creates a vicious circle of snapshots that run an unexpectedly anticipated, though highly interesting, social trajectory.