Dystopia

Play about fascism divides audience

"Upset" is perhaps the most apt and mild description of the emotion evoked by Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues' play "Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists: in the few days it has been staged in Athens by the Onassis Foundation. The controversial work, set in a dystopian future, raises the question of whether it is right to break the laws of democracy in order to defend it.

From inaction to panic

Can we get accustomed to the unpredictable? Can we prepare ourselves for something that wreaks havoc with plans and daily rituals? The truth is that we have to start coming to terms with the fact that extreme weather phenomena will not be an occasional occurrence from now on, that it will hit us with increasing intensity and that its impact will become all the harder to calculate.

Brazil | Athens | August 28

"Brazil," a dystopian science-fiction drama about a low-level bureaucrat's attempt to correct an administrative error directed in 1985 by Terry Gilliam, rounds out this year's Athens Open Air Film Festival. Starring Jonathan Pryce and nominated for two Academy Awards (Original Screenplay and Art Direction), the cult classic inspired a host of futuristic films that followed.