Self-Exoticism, the Iconography of Crisis and the Greek Weird Wave

  • Afroditi Nikolaidou
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


This chapter discusses the “Greek Weird Wave” through the lens of exoticism and self-exoticism. Such a discussion has to take into consideration the Greek Wave’s formation by the press, the academic discourse around it and its participation in the festival circuit. Moreover, this chapter discusses the labelling “weird” as a creative, aesthetic and critical strategy of one’s position into the world. It presents the “weird” iconography of the crisis consisting of standardised bleak images of austerity and of places devoid of historicity and locality. Finally, this chapter suggests considering contemporary Greek art-cinema as an “accented cinema”, since it foregrounds the filmmakers’ complicated relationship with their homeland and the possibility of agency in the interstices of the European film market.


Cinema Greek Weird Wave Lanthimos Self-exoticism Accented cinema Culture 


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  • Afroditi Nikolaidou
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  1. 1.Panteion UniversityAthensGreece

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