Greek government to investigate movie with Acropolis sex scene

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The creators of the film say that the project is about “the desire and the need to live as we want.”

Posted on Jan 07, 2022

The Greek Ministry of Culture has opened an investigation into a film featuring sex scenes shot at the Acropolis in Athens.

According to the Associated Press, the 36-minute film Departhenon, which was released in December, features “several explicit scenes” with male and female actors whose identities are hidden.

In a statement, the Ministry of Culture said it had been alerted to Departhenon by journalists inquiring about the material shot in the old citadel. AP reports that the Acropolis scene shows two men having sex in the middle of a circle formed by the other actors, while site visitors can be seen in the shot walking nearby.

“The Acropolis archaeological site is not suitable for any type of activism or other activity that could offend and disrespect the monument,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it had not authorized the filmmakers to shoot on the location.

DeparthenonThe creators of, who have remained anonymous, explain in a statement that their film is “a work of art which is also a political action”, written of sexual expression, “We will live eros and sexuality as we wish and we will defend the public existence and coexistence of all sexualities that do not violate the self-determination of our body. “

From their chosen filming location, they write, “the choice of the Parthenon as their location is no accident. It is for many a movement of nationalism, of worship of antiquity, of patriarchy, of commercialization, mass culture and social adequacy among others, “adding:” It would be wrong … if anyone believed that the main focus of this film is reaction. It is more about desire and desire. need to live as we wish. “

“We don’t see anything strange or abnormal in what we are doing. For us, it is the natural development of our occasional flow,” they continue. “Sensuality – let’s not forget the sensuality and ecstasy of ancient Greece, the statues were not white, they had many vivid colors and designs – contact, correlation between human bodies, whatever their different characteristics, whether in private or in public. We seek these things. Especially since we live a period of isolation, alienation of human relations, relocation of our relations towards virtual and noetic worlds behind screens depriving us of sensual realization, substantial communication and coexistence in the totality. “

Spyros Bibilas, the president of the Greek Actors Association, described the film to Antenna TV channel [via AP] as ashamed, sharing, “You can’t do everything in the name of activism. In fact, I don’t consider it activism. As a Greek, I’m ashamed.”

Departhenon can be viewed and downloaded here.

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