THE INVISIBLE HANDS

THE INVISIBLE HANDS (Greece/Egypt, 2017)






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English subtitles

Documentary

Duration 97min





Synopsis

Maverick underground American/Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies), lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band, The Invisible Hands. 
Structured around fly-on-the-wall scenes, archival ghost apparitions, absurd cameos, and poetic diary narrations by Bishop and unfolding between the two critical elections that marked the post "Arab Spring” period in Egypt, the film juxtaposes the tragicomedy of politics and art-making in a troubled periphery.

with ALAN BISHOP, AYA HEMEDA, CHERIF EL MASRI, ADHAM ZIDAN

Director MARINA GIOTI 
Poetry and Prose ALAN BISHOP
Co-director GEORGES SALAMEH 
Produced by MARINA GIOTI & GEORGES SALAMEH
Executive producer ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI

A VERTIGINOUS Production

Supported by DOCUMENTA 14 & THE GREEK FILM CENTRE









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THE INVISIBLE HANDS has been selected at FIDLAB, the co-production platform of Marseille International Film Festival

THE INVISIBLE HANDS has been selected at Docs In Progress, in the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

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Festival screenings & Exhibitions (selected)

documenta 14, Athens, Greece (World Premiere)

68th Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany (International Premiere)

Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan (Asian Premiere)

20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece

CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

22nd Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, USA (US Premiere)

Anatomy of Political Melancholy exhibition, curated by K. Gregos, Art Space Pythagorion, Samos, Greece

Anatomy of Political Melancholy II exhibition, Athens Conservatoire/ Goethe Institut, Athens, Greece

Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

12th DORF Music Documentary Festival, Primosten, Croatia

Kapittel 2018 Literature Festival, Stavanger, Norway

Womex 18-The World Music Expo, Film Programme, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Cinedays Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia

Signal, Centre for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden

Fire Museum Presents, The Rotunda, Philadelphia, USA

Hellas Fimbox Berlin, Germany

Greek Documentary Association: “Με τα Μάτια Ανοιχτά”, Focus on Greek Documentary, Greek Film Archives, Athens, Greece

Zawya Cinema, Cairo, Egypt

Saristra Festival, Cephalonia, Greece

Tusk Festival 2019, Newcastle, UK

Griechische Filmwoche München, Munich, Germany





Award

10th Giuseppe Becce Prize for Music (awarded by an independent critics jury at the Berlinale)





Press

Berlinale Film Review at Screenanarchy.com THE INVISIBLE HANDS, An Unlikely Meeting of Cultures Yields Strange and Beautiful Results

Berlinale Film review at moveitmag.gr (Greek)

Press mention in The Wire The Invisible Hands follows Alan Bishop and his band in Cairo

Interview for Kaput Magazin für Insolvenz & Pop, 2018 (English)

Interview and presentation (WOMEX) Scene Noise, Cairo (English)

Eleni Tzannatou in conversation with Marina Gioti, Popaganda, Greek Online Magazine, 2017 (Greek)

Publication: The Aleph of Athens by G. Missouridis (bilingual English-German). Excerpt from Culturescapes-Greece book, Merian Verlag, 2017

TRITO 909fm - National Greek Radio (March 2019)











Distribution & online screening

Arsenal-Institut for Film and Video Art, Berlin, Germany (9-29 May 2020)

Signal-Contemporary art space, Malmö, Sweeden (8–25 November 2018)

AFLAMUNA, Beirut, Lebanon (20-27 July 2022)