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Dailies from the Thessaloniki international Film Festival

The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival was concluded with great success, receiving the audience’s love in every possible way. More than 80,000 viewers and movie industry professionals watched the films and attended the Festival’s online events, whereas a large number films of were sold out. Agora, the Festival’s development branch, also achieved a great attendance, offering support to Greek cinema through a series of new initiatives, actions, and awards.

The 61st Festival hosted a series of exhibitions and visual art events, within the framework of TIFF’s main concept, “Intimacy: a modern tyranny”. Works of art, video mapping, as well as The Glasshouse Project installation adorned the city streets and squares, as well as the Port of Thessaloniki, offering glimpses of joy and hope to the city’s residents, who had the chance to enjoy a touch of art during their scarce walks for exercise, groceries and the covering of basic needs, amidst these hard days we’re experiencing. The goal is for these exhibitions to remain in the city’s public space even after the Festival. 


 


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LOVERBOY at 52nd TIFF Interview with Daniel Mitulescu

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LOVERBOY at TIFF 2011               LOVERBOY (2011) is the newest film by the Mitulescu brothers, Catalin and Daniel. LOVERBOY opened at Cannes 2011 in ‘Un Certain Regard’ and has screened in competition in several festivals since, including Sarajevo at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival where the stunning lead actress, Ada Condeescu, won a merited Best Actress award, and most recently at the 52nd Thessalon...

TIFF in the eyes of journalist Ray Pride

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Stunning photo by journalist Ray Pride! Check out Ray Pride's site of Thessaloniki (TIFF) news, past and present, here: www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/11/portents-of-greek-crisis-in-images-from-thessaloniki-doc-fest/ ...

'PLAY' by Ruben Östlund at 52nd TIFF

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              photo still from 'PLAY'     In the 'Open Horizons' section of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Swedish film (co-production with France and Denmark) PLAY (2011) by director Ruben Östlund was screened to audiences. PLAY premiered at Cannes this year in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight)' section. This is a compelling account of theft by bullying which confr...

Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival News

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FAUST              film still of 'Faust' (2011)     Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its most recent festival round at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIF...

Twilight portrait surprize winner at 52nd TIFF 2011

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TWILIGHT PORTRAIT   Sergei Borisov (Andrei) Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina)  The proud winner of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Golden Alexander Award is the film that is taking the international festival world by storm this year, the Russian micro-budget indie film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) by newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina).   When I met Angelina and Olga at a dinner in Iceland, I had not...

THE AWARDS AT 52ND THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF)

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                                  The Golden Alexander Award Winner at 52nd TIFF  -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: The Awards (11/13/2011) 52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL November 4 -13, 2011   The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: La...

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

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The Agora Market Awards TIFF 2011 -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: Agora Awards (11/12/2011)AGORA AWARDS The Agora/Market section of the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival concluded on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, with the Works in Progress and Crossroads 7th Co-Production Forum awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in a festive atmosphere in the presence of TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. Mr. Eipides warmly thanked all Agora participants. Taking the floo...

52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference

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SARA DRIVER at TIFF AWARDS CEREMONY TIFF PRESS RELEASE 52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference (11/10/2011)SARA DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE American director, scriptwriter and producer Sara Driver gave a press conference on Thursday, November 10, at Warehouse C, in the framework of the Thessaloniki 52nd International Film Festival. Present at the panel was TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. The TIFF is hosting a tribute to the work of Sara Driver, who is the Jim Jarmusch’s partner in both filmm...

Ulrich Seidl Press Conference at 52ND TIFF

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Ulrich Seidl Press Conference at 52ND TIFF  TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Ulrich Seidl Press Conference (11/11/2011) ULRICH SEIDL PRESS CONFERENCE Austrian director Ulrich Zeidl gave a Press Conference on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, during the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival and in the presence of Festival Director Dimitri Eipides. This year’s edition is holding a broad tribute to Seidl’s work, screening documentaries and features that are repre...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Jury Press Conference

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd TIFF: International Jury press conference (11/8/2011)INTERNATIONAL JURY PRESS CONFERENCEThe Thessaloniki Film Festival International Competition jury gave a press conference on Tuesday, November 8, at Warehouse C. This year’s jury is presided by Lawrence Kardish (Senior curator at the Department for Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art, New York) and consists of Hisami Kuroiwa (producer and sales’ representative), Frédéric Boyer (Artistic Director at the European F...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Opening Ceremony

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Opening film at 52nd TIFF, The Descendants (2011) by Alexander Payne. TIFF PRESS RELEASE52nd TIFF: Opening ceremony (11/5/2011)52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4-13 November 2011 OPENING CEREMONYA modest ceremony raised the curtain on the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Friday, November 4th, 2011, at a packed Olympion theater. The event was accompanied by the music of the four-member Basement band. In his opening speech, TIFF director Dimitris Eipides did not fail ...

Alexander Payne at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival

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Alexander Payne at TIFF 2011 TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd TIFF: Alexander Payne Press Conference (11/5/2011)ALEXANDER PAYNE PRESS CONFERENCE On Saturday, November 5th, a Press Conference was given by the Greek-American director Alexander Payne during the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, at Warehouse C. Present were the Festival’s Director, Dimitri Eipides and Mr. Payne’s director of photography Phedon Papamichael, also a Greek-American. Alexander Payne’s new film The Descendants ...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Lineup

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 - 13 NOVEMBER, 2011 FILM LIST OPENING FILM – November 4th, 2011 - The Descendants by Alexander Payne, 2011, USA CLOSING FILM - November 12th, 2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, USA, 2011  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  • ALOIS NEBEL, Tomas LUNAK, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 2011, 84’ • BEHOLD THE LAMB, John MCILDUFF, United Kingdom, 2011, 83’ • BURROS/D...

INTERVIEW WITH ZEINA DURRA

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Interview with director Zeina Durra     Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Zeina Durra in Thessaloniki, Greece about her feature film debut, ‘The Imperialists Are Still Alive' (2010). We had a fun conversation about imperialism and proletariat, conventions, nonconformists, clothes, getting naked... and just everything about film in general.   Zeina is a spirited and passionate young woman and once you get her goin...

GREEK FILMS PARTICIPATING IN THE BERLIN AND ROTTERDAM IFF

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  Athens, Jan. 17, 2011  PRESS RELEASE – GREEK FILMS PARTICIPATING IN THE BERLINAND ROTTERDAM IFFAmnesty, the first feature by Bujar Alimani,an Albanian, Greek and French co-production, will hold its world premiere in the Forum of the 2011 Berlin IFF. The announcement follows the second one in a period of exceptional news for local filmmaking, as Greek production Wasted Youth by Argiris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel will screen in the competition section of the 2011 Rotterdam IFF...

RELEASE jafar-panahi

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  MOHAMMED RASULOFThe Thessaloniki International Film Festival denounces the sentences conferred upon Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammed Rasulof.  The recent accusations against them, as well as the excessive penalty imposed on them for spreading “propaganda against the system”, for participation in the protests that ensued after Ahmadinejad’s re-election and for their socially focused work, is a direct and unabashed violation of civil liberties. Thessaloniki Film Festival...

DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA – HONORARY CEREMONY

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Film still from 'Time to Die' 51st TIFF: Dorota Kedzierzawska honorary ceremony (12/10/2010)DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA – HONORARY CEREMONY Polish director Dorota Kedzierzawska was awarded the Golden Alexander for the entire body of her wok at a special honorary ceremony held on Thursday, December 9th at Olympion Theater, in the presence of the Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival. “The Festival, this feast of independe...

Closing night at TIFF

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 The film 'Black Swan' closed the night. 51st TIFF: Closing ceremony (12/12/2010)The closing ceremony of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film FestivalThe curtains came down on the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Saturday, December 11th, with a closing ceremony that took place at Olympion Theater. Snapshots, faces and clips of the city during this 10-day cinematic feast were depicted in the short film of Emmanouil Papadopoulos entitled Stereosis, which welcomed the audience ...

TIFF press conference of the Jury with director Scandar Copti

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         51st TIFF: Press conference of the Jury (12/7/2010)PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE JURY The 51st TIFF jury held a press conference on Tuesday December 7th . The director of the festival, Dimitris Eipides, was present at the conference. Members of the jury this year are Michel Demopoulos –its president- , Martin Schweighofer, CEO of the Austrian Film Commission, film directors Scandar Copti and Mohamed Al-Daradji, and producer Behrooz Hashemian. M...

Apnea director Aris Bafaloukas

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 'Apnea' by Greek director Aris Bafaloukas ran in competition for Greece during 51st TIFF. "Dimitri, a 23 year-old swimmer, dives into the water of a dark pool after achieving success in the European Championships. As his body floats in the water, memories from the past come flooding into his mind, reminding him about his relationship with Elsa, an environmental activist who has mysteriously disappeared."  FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS For a film in the International Competition sectio...

Interview with Romain Gavras

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  Notre Jour Viendra synopsis: "What do you do when you're a red-haired teenage loser with no friends except for an older guy, your shrink? When everyone hates you, especially your family? When all your peers make fun of you and kick you around? "   Well, check out RG's teaser, a veritable kick in the head: http://vimeo.com/11900359   Daring, passionate, visionary and unapologetic filmmaker Romain Gavras made his cinematic debut ...

Interviews with Dorota Kedzierzawska, Zeina Durra and more to come!

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STAY TUNED FOR Interviews with Dorota Kedzierzawska, Zeina Durra and more to come! from TIFF 2010! ...

Greek Film Attenberg wins Silver

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Cutting edge Greek film 'Attenberg' wins Silver Alexander at TIFF 2010  Attenberg (2010) Greek film by Athina Rachel Tsangari Summary: "Marina has grown up with her architect father in a small industrial community, almost cut off from the reality of the rest of the world. With the exception of her bizarre friendship with Bella and the companionship she shares with her ill father, Marina observes human behaviors from afar, almost with repugnance. Her guides in this world of humans are...

Marian Crisan's 'Morgen'

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Marian Crisan's Morgen (2010) - Romania-France-Hungary Summary: “Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds a Turk; he takes him home, providing him with clothing, food and a bed. The men don’t speak each other’s languages, but communicate h...

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Industry: CROSSROADS Co-Production Forum,AGORA, script-development BALKAN FUND. Competition for directors with 1st or 2nd films. Golden Alexander Prize 37.000 €

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