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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-20

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  • [01] Media strike on Wed.
  • [02] Film director Ken Loach in Athens

  • [01] Media strike on Wed.

    The ANA-MPA will not disseminate any news items between 6 a.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday due to a nationwide strike called by journalists' unions in the country.

    [02] Film director Ken Loach in Athens

    Controversial UK film and TV director Ken Loach was in Athens on Monday, addressing an audience at the Ianos bookshop in central Athens. Known for provocative films of intense social realism like 'Sweet Sixteen' or 'Cathy Come Home' and a penchant for using unknown actors drawn from the environment he seeks to portray, Loach was in the city as the guest of the 21st Film Panorama organised by the Greek newspaper 'Eleftherotypia', which awarded him during the closing ceremony on Sunday night for his contribution to the art of film-making.

    "For many, if a film doesn't have an American accent, then it's not a film," was Loach's opening sally as he addressed the gathering, outlining the strongly political, left-wing views that have marked his films since the start of his career in the early '60s until his most recent successes like "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" in 2006, which came away with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, or the 2007 "It's a Free World".

    "A film must pose questions to those that rule us. It must ask exactly those things that the leaders do not want us to ask. The most important thing for me is not how a film is made but why," the 72-year-old Loach told his audience, stressing the need to have a "purpose" behind film-making but admitting that he had also "been guilty" of lapses on this score.

    At another point, he said that people had become used to not going to films about what is happening in the world and that there had to be variety in films, just there was in the books stocked by a library. More controversially, he suggested that cinema theatres should belong to local authorities, just like libraries, with people who knew cinema in charge of them rather than managers that were only interested in how much popcorn was selling during the interval.

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