The film “Persephone, the red carpet’ created by Collectif MASI and JOSHUA OLSTHOORN screened at “Mystery 176: Cinema Days”

14.04.24 @ 20:00


The film Persephone, the red carpet brings to the screen Collectif MASI’s socio-mythological sculpture with and for the people of Elefsina, created in June 2023 as part of ELEVSIS 2023, European Capital of Culture. It is directed by the MASI Collective (Madlen Anipsitaki & Simon Riedler) and Joshua Olsthoorn, with financial support from the French Institutes of Greece and Paris.

Celebrated in ancient times during the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone, goddess of the underworld and the cycle of the seasons, is revived as a red carpet. Persephone, the red carpet appears, disappears, unfurls and wanders through contemporary Eleusis. In collective performances, to the sound of Andreas Polizogopoulos’s trumpet, she passes from foot to hand to head, from neighborhood to neighborhood. Through ritual gestures, residents from different neighborhoods and backgrounds rewrite the myth of Persephone; and the red carpet, originally an aristocratic symbol reserved for gods, becomes a symbol of equality and unity.

The Premiere of the film will take place on April 14th at 8pm at Cine ELEUSIS, Eleftheriou Venizelou 45 in Elefsina. The film, in Greek, will have English subtitles. Duration 70’.

The screening is part of the “Mystery 176: Cinema Days” in the official ELEUSIS2023 European Capital of Culture program.


* Μadlen Anipsitaki is SNF ARTWORKS Fellow 2020