modern ruins

June 24, 2021

In this mesmerizing short film, British documentary producer, Alex King shows us a very different Athens. Far from the charm, majesty and grandeur of Plaka, the Acropolis, and the National Garden, there is another Athens, one that speaks of ruin, abandonment and neglect. Former Greek National Opera Ballet dancer, Michael Doolan moves eloquently through the capital city’s forgotten relics; a hilltop mansion, an old drive-in cinema, and the Tatoi Palace to an hypnotic sound design created by Costis Kontos. “The stillness of these forgotten spaces seemed so surreal and alluring while the rest of the world continued on the rat race,” says King. “But now, we have become familiar with major cities around the world locked down and completely still. At times it has seemed like the whole world has become petrified and devoid of life, just like the ruins we shot in.”

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