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Director Yorgos Lanthimos & Emma Stone at World Premiere of Bleat in Athens

ATHENS – Internationally renowned Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and Oscar-winning American actress Emma Stone attended the media preview screening of their latest film, Bleat (‘Vlithi’ in Greek) at the Greek National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens on May 5.

Lanthimos’ highly anticipated new film, Bleat– the second work to be commissioned as part of the Greek National Opera (GNO) and NEON program The Artist on the Composer– is set to have its world premiere run accompanied by live music ensembles on May 6, 7, and 8 at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The GNO’s participation in the co-production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.

Left to right: Greek National Opera Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis, actress Emma Stone, director Yorgos Lanthimos, and NEON Director Elina Kountouri at the press conference on May 5 for the world premiere of Bleat at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. Photo: Giannis Panagopoulos /EUROKINISSI

The award-winning Greek filmmaker accepted the invitation extended by GNO Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis and NEON Director Elina Kountouri to produce, write, and direct the short film Bleat, shot on the Greek island of Tinos in February 2020, and starring Oscar-winner Stone and acclaimed French actor Damien Bonnard. Among those present at the preview screening was SNF Communications Director Panagiotis Pantelatos.

The Artist on the Composer program– run by the Greek National Opera and NEON [www.neon.org.gr/en]– connects pioneering contemporary artists and filmmakers/producers with orchestral music performed live. Through works that spring from the program’s new commissions, each artist responds to, and enters into dialogue with pieces by classical composers, free from every standard operatic convention, trope and storyline, in the hope of reaching audiences who may never have connected with opera before.

Emma Stone arrives for a press conference after the screening of her new short film “Bleat” (or “Vlihi” in Greek) of the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, right, at the Greek National Opera in Athens, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Following The Artist on the Composer’s first commission– a 2019 installation by Nikos Navridis– the gifted and internationally renowned Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos takes on the program’s second commission to create a new cinematic work that will always be presented with the live accompaniment of music ensembles. The work’s musical score consists of pieces by J.S. Bach, Knut Nystedt and Toshio Hosokawa, performed live inside the Stavros Niarchos Hall by the soloist Angelina Tkatcheva on cimbalom, GNO musicians, and the Chorus of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.

Emma Stone attends a press conference after the screening of her new short film “Bleat” (or “Vlihi” in Greek) with the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, right, at the Greek National Opera in Athens, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Emma Stone attends a press conference after the screening of her new short film “Bleat” (or “Vlihi” in Greek) of the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos at the Greek National Opera in Athens, Greece, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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