Romain Gavras – Athena, review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the action, thriller and drama film “ATHENA” for America’s Los Angeles based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.


Having made its premiere at the 79th Venice Film Festival, Athena was honored with the ARCA CinemaGiovani Award – Best Film of Venezia 79 and Leoncino d’Oro Award – Cinema for UNICEF. The movie, which was screened on Netflix, is directed by Romain Gavras, the son of the famous Greek-French master director Costa-Gavras. In the script of this third feature film of Gavras, There is a collaboration with French director Ladj Ly (The 2019 film Les misérables, which also deals with the suburbs of Paris), who won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA. Presenting a dramatic and chaotic narrative of social unrest in the Paris suburbs, the production tells a kind of story that frames street conflict as an archetypal Ancient Greek tragedy. Stating that the movie was designed like an opera and the choreography was arranged accordingly, the director says that before the shooting began, the cast and production team rehearsed outside the French capital (without CGI) for 52 days. In the film, which the director presents with a magnificent cinematographic narration, the action-packed long scenes shot in one shot, called the plan sequence, offer the audience an atmosphere full of tension that will remain under their influence for a long time.


After the tragic unexplained death of their youngest brother, the lives of the three siblings are thrown into chaos. The Street fighting turns into a civil war in the suburb of Paris.

Stars; Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti, Karim Lasmi, Mehdi Abdelhakmi and Birane Ba.


Blending action, drama and thriller genres, Athena is an unforgettable production of a rare kind that almost prevents the audience from breathing. Festival, Art film and adrenaline lovers should not miss it.


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