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Periferic (Outbound) wins the Golden Alexander!

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  Last night on December 11, 2010, the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival awarded its prizes for audience and jury awards to their pick for the best films in competition at the festival. And Romania took most of the awards. Between Bogdan George Apretri's 'Periferic' and Marian Crisan's 'Morgen', they took so many awards home their hands weren't enough to hold them all! Find the list of the winners below: STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES AND INTERVIEWS LATER COMING SOON!!! 51st Thessaloniki Internatio...

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

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 MASTERCLASS APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expres...

Mohamed Al-Daradji and the Press

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  51st TIFF: Mohamed Al-Daradji press conference (12/9/2010) MOHAMED AL-DARADJI PRESS CONFERENCE Mohamed Al-Daradji, a member of the International Jury, as well as a guest of honour of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival, gave a press conference on Thursday, December 9th. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the awarded director. “The greatest satisfaction one can receive from holdi...

Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki

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This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expressed his joy over the filmmaker's presenc...

Thessaloniki is ready to open...film, guests, no snow

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51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will kick off Friday, December 3rd with 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, and close December 11th, 2010 with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky. INTERNATIONAL JURY The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film cri...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival spotlights

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51st THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010Three diverse and distinctive directors are being celebrated this year in the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival:Polish filmmaker Dorota Kedzierzawska and Danish director Susanne Bier, who will both attend the Festival to present and discuss their films, and the late Werner Schröter. DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA SPOTLIGHTDorota Kędzierzawska was born in 1957 in the Polish city of Łódż, home to th...

Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), appointed by Greek minister of culture Pavlos Geroulanos, following the resignation of previous Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki. Eipides' first step as TIFF director is to change this year's event dates to a December 3-11 slot as additional time for the Festival preparations will be necessary, a move already approved by FIAPF. Certain to remain for this year are core sections of the Fes...

Thessaloniki Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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  On the occasion of the selection of his latest film for the 2010 Cannes IFF Competition section, the 51st TIFF would like to announce a complete Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, organized by the Independence Days section with the invaluable help of the director himself.  The Thessaloniki Film Festival has long been a promoter of Weerasethakul's work, having previously screened several of his films.   The Thai film director's newest, Uncle Boonmee wh...

Thessaloniki Film Festival wrapped and delivered its awards.

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The jury of the International Competition Section of the 50th Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Theo Angelopoulos, Director (Greece), President Lissy Bellaiche, Sales agent for the I/S Danish Film Producers (Denmark) Mirjana Karanovic, Actress (Serbia) Eugenio Caballero, Production designer (Mexico) Lav Diaz, Director (Philippines) Gyorgi Palfi, Director (Hungary) and Amos Poe, Director (USA) THE AWARDS Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (40.000...

The 2nd Experimental Forum at Thessaliniki

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival, committed to discovering and showcasing unique works and to providing exceptional and exclusive cinematic experiences, introduced during the 49th TIFF the Experimental Forum, which was extremely well received by critics and audiences alike. For the 50th edition of the TIFF, the Experimental Forum, which grants emphasis on experimental and avant-garde film and is programmed by Vassilis Bourikas, will present a wide variety of film programs and paralle...

Oliver Stone and Emir Kusturica at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (11/19/2008)

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      The unexpected duet of Stone and Kusturica at the No Smoking Band concert, held on Tuesday night at Warehouse C, in the context of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, thrilled the crowd of the event. The renowned film director went on stage and marked this unique concert. ...

Opening of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film festival

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The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) started yesterday, with the opening ceremony being held at the Olympion Theater. This year's opening ceremony has been based on the idea of a journey throughout the history of cinema. Three large screens carried the audience in an exciting trip starting from the Lumière brothers' first images. Konstantinos Kontovrakis, host of the opening ceremony directed by Angelos Frantzis, welcomed the audience and the 49th TIFF's honored guests...

49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicked off with the Wrestler

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Faithful to its annual date with cinephiles, the 49th Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece's grandest and most prestigious event for the 7th art, opens its doors on November the 14th, 2008, bringing about the transformation of the city of Thessaloniki to a youthful hive of life and creative association. Multi-awarded Belgian auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, heretical Japanese actor and director Takeshi Kitano, unconventional English director Terence Davies, internationally renowned and ...

firts titles at Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival announces the first seven titles selected to participate in the 14-film strong International Competition section, catering to first or second features by emerging filmmakers and programmed by Festival Director Despina Mouzaki. Three features from Asia will hold their European premieres in this year’s Festival, following last year’s success of The Red Awn by Shangjun Cai (China, 2007), the winner of the Golden Alexander Award. Cell (Selda, Phi...

Thessaloniki Film Festival Balkan Fund awards

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48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival These are the results of the 5th Balkan Fund, Thessaloniki’s International Film Festival Script Development Fund. 13 projects from 6 different countries participated in the event. The following projects received awards and special mentions: 2 SPECIAL MENTIONS: 1. METASTASES - Director: Branko Schmidt - Producer: Stanislav Babic 2. SOME OTHER STORIES - Writers/ Directors: Ana Maria Rossi / Ines Tanovic / Maria Dzizeva / Hanna Slak / Ivona Juka - Pr...

Jiri Menzel will preside over Thessaloniki Festival

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With less than ten days to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you again with the latest news from this year’s 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday November 16th. A number of two hundred and thirty films (features and shorts), representing 40 nations, compose this year’s festival program. A complete list of this year’s line up is attached at the end of this press release. Nearly one thousand guests are expected to be present, ...

Independence Days and other sections at Thessalonik

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INDEPENDENCE DAYS The Independence Days Section, now in its third year as part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, remains committed to showcasing independent and unique works and to discovering new filmmakers from all over the world. The section’s core program, a selection of films under the title ID-07, identifies this year’s aesthetic, political, geographical, political and thematic landscape of worldwide independent, decidedly non-mainstream film production. ID-07 is compris...

Focus contempory wars at Thessaloniki

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Focus is the first thematic section to be presented at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, building its program around a topic that changes annually. It was inaugurated in the 47th TIFF with the “Teenage Lust/Teenage Angst” theme, while for the 48th TIFF it deals with the significant and always modern subject of Contemporary Wars. Through a selection of productions made in the years 2006 and 2007, the Focus section, curated by film critic Konstantinos Kontovrakis, investigates the ...

Thessaloniki Film Fest will focus on new spanish cinema

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48TH INTERNATIONAL THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVALNovember 16-25, 2007 The main homage of the 48th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival will focus on New Spanish Cinema, showcasing films that have been produced from the period between 2003 and 2007. “It is now the ideal time for the Thessaloniki Film Festival to present the new wave of Spanish filmmaking. This new generation of filmmakers represents the direct continuation of a long and weighty cinematic tradition that has transl...

Images of the 21st Century will screen 236 docus

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Presents:The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)From the moment the Lumiere brothers filmed a train arriving at a station right up to today, the documentary remains the oldest, yet most current and timeless film genre. The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, as part of the year round activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its ninth ...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival awards

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47th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALNOVEMBER 17-26, 2006The jury of the International Competition Section of the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of, Christine Vachon, Producer, (USA) PresidentPierre Rissient, Film director, distributor, film consultant (France)Katia Lund, Film director, screenwriter, producer (Brazil)Diego Galán, Film critic, film director (Spain)Mogens Rukov, Screenwriter, professor (Denmark)Xu Jinglei, Film director, screenwriter, producer, ac...

Brides to open the Greek Film Festival of Sydney

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Greek box office blitzer to open the Greek Film FestivalThe Greek Film Festival of Sydney will open on September 8 at Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt with the Greek box office hit ‘Brides’, director by Pantelis Voulgaris with executive producer Martin Scorsese. Brides, winner of 10 awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival including Best Feature Film, is a bittersweet love story set against the tribulations of a 1922 Atlantic crossing of 700 proxy brides, aboard the SS King Ale...

Angelopoulos and Demopoulos dismisssed from Thessaloniki

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Angelopoulos and Demopoulos Dismissed from ThessalonikiMichel Demopoulos, the Thessaloniki fest director, has been removed from his job. Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was dismissed as president of the festival. Both had established the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (in November) as one of the major European events. As the Greek Deputy Minister of Culture, Petros Tatoulis, announced yesterday, April 1st, the producer Despina Mouzaki will take over the festival as director, while filmmake...

Thessaloniki’s film festival chief: Michel Demopoulos

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Thessaloniki’s film festival has a long history, stretching back to 1960, in the golden age of Greek film. Starting as a platform for local cinema, the festival hit a crisis in the 1980s when production levels hit rock bottom – around ten films a year, down from a peak of 100 to 120 films a year in the 60s and early 70s. Michel Demopoulos, then a critic and managing international film acquisitions for state-run Greek TV, proposed a new direction for the festival based on showcasing the best ...

Thessaloniki awards gold to Bitter Dream from Iran

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The 45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday 28 November, with its awards ceremony dishing out its main prize of the Golden Alexander to Mohsen Amiryousefi’s Bitter Dream from Iran. The competition is restricted to the first three features of directors, and the festival has shunned the so-called Class A festival status, which imposes restrictions on competitive events to give it more flexibility in its selection, part of a philosophy that makes the event popular with ...

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