New film makes case for Parthenon Mar­bles’ re­turn

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Two lawyers fight for the re­turn of the Parthenon Mar­bles from the Bri­tish Mu­seum to Greece in a film pro­duced by brothers Co­erte and John Voorhees, due to open at the­aters on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27.

The brothers were in the Greek cap­i­tal last week to pro­mote “Pro­makhos,” which they have also writ­ten and di­rected, and spoke to the press about the project and what they hope it can achieve. John and Co­erte are the sons of a US-based lawyer who has been an ac­tive cam­paigner for the re­turn of the Parthenon Mar­bles to Athens. Co­erte stud­ied his­tory and clas­sics at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity. “Pro­makhos” is their first film.

In­spired by the statue of Athena Pro­ma­chos, pro­tec­tor of the Parthenon in an­tiq­uity, they tell the fic­tional tale of two Athe­nian at­tor­neys (played by Pan­telis Kodogian­nis and Kas­san­dra Voy­agis) han­dling a suit against the Bri­tish Mu­seum for the re­turn of the an­cient sculp­tures re­moved from the ci­tadel by Lord El­gin in the early 1800s. The film stars Gian­carlo Gian­nini, Paul Free­man and Michael Byrne, as well as Greek ac­tors Ge­orges Cor­raface, Yorgo Vo­giatzis, Pyg­malion Dadakaridis, Irene Kat­sarou and Kelly Eleft­he­riou, among oth­ers.

The film is be­ing shown in Greece un­der the aegis of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and has also drawn the support of the Al­liance for Athens ini­tia­tive, the Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum, the GreekBri­tish, Greek-Ger­man, Greek-Span­ish and Greek-Ital­ian cham­bers of com­merce, as well as the groups “Re­turn, Re­store, Restart,” “Bring Them Back,” “Mar­bles Re­united” and “In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the Pan­theon Sculp­tures.”

“Pro­makhos” was first shown at an ex­clu­sive screen­ing in London in July at­tended by im­por­tant fig­ures in the arts and let­ters, in­clud­ing award-win­ning ac­tor and Mar­bles ad­vo­cate Stephen Fry.

Here in Greece, the screen­ings will be­gin on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27, though an avant-premiere is sched­uled at Vil­lage at The Mall in Maroussi to­day.

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