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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-19

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  • [01] President Papoulias at Thessaloniki Film Festival

  • [01] President Papoulias at Thessaloniki Film Festival

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Sunday attended the premiere of the motion picture "Mon Colonel" (The Colonel), co-written and produced by Costas Gavras and directed by Laurent Herbiet, which was screened in the context of the 47th Thessaloiniki Film Festival.

    Papoulias was greeted at the Olympion cinema by culture minister George Voulgarakis, the Festival leadership, and Gavras himself.

    The film is placed in 1956, during the war for Algerian independence, and reveals the psychological and legal procedures that turned a young officer into a torturer.

    As Gavras said in his introduction at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, this film is less about history than a metaphor for the present

    The film brings to the surface the war crimes commited in the past, with the silent approval of the state authorities, in the name of a "war against terrorism".

    Speaking before the premiere, for Greece, of his film earlier on Sunday, Gavras said the film was a commentary on the contradictory way in which terrorism is faced.

    Critics have noted the frightening parallels to the recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.

    After the screening, Papoulias was to be presented with an honourary plaque by the Festival administration.

    The President was due to return to Athens late Sunday night.

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