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Athens stages Before Midnight

- by Archimedes

Athens stages Before Midnight movie.

The latest movie in the 'Before' trilogy has opened the third Athens Open Air Festival. And the latest of the series of romantic comedies 'Before Midnight' is set at the end of an idyllic six-week holiday in Greece. The romantic drama is a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like the previous films Before Midnight was directed by Richard Linklater.

As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credits with the lead actors from the films, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

It is almost two decades since the couple's first meeting on a train bound for Vienna. Now they holiday in the mountains of Greece's southern Peloponnese.

This latest movie was shot last summer in Messenia, Greece and was produced by a Greek company.

Unfortunately the Greek premiere of the film was not screened at the outdoor movie theatre Cine Thisio as planned, but at the Pallas Theatre instead following forecasts of rain.

Hawke was in Greece with his family for the opening before leaving for a short holiday in the Peloponnese.

In August last year many reports emerged from Messenia that the film was in being shot there but the main actors insisted they were in Greece only to write the film.

However, the denial proved to be a ruse when the new movie was announced the following month, just before the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Richard Linklater said: "We love Greek sites, the people, contemporary as well as ancient Greece. We wrote the script in Greece. In this essence, it is a Greek film."

It has received limited screening in cinemas before going on general release this week. The Toronto Star dubbed it: "One of the best films of 2013 and the irresistible climax to Richard Linklater's trilogy of on-the-run amour."