Festivals: 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is the most important South Eastern Europe film festival, the presentation platform for the year’s Greek productions, and the primary and oldest festival in the Balkans for the creations of emerging film makers from all over the world. The festival has claimed and achieved a constantly increasing international scope, presenting the most groundbreaking independent productions from the entire world, and developing activities for international film industry professionals.

54th TIFF takes place from 1 November till 10 November.

Closing film for the 54th edition of TIFF is the long awaited new film by American Greek director, Alexander PayneNebraska on Saturday 9th November 2013.
The famous director will be there to present his film!

Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.

Shot in black and white across four states.

Nebraska Trailer

Only Lovers Left Alive  by Jim Jarmusch kicked off the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Friday, November 1st,  the American director attended the opening ceremony in the Festival’s flagship Olympion theater.

That was the first time that Jarmusch travels to Greece to present his work.

Always uncompromising in his artistic vision, Jim Jarmusch builds with Only Lovers Left Alive a unique film universe, which in this case focuses on the vampire mythology. The film’s protagonists are two sophisticated vampires, Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston), who have been around for centuries, living on the margins of society and now facing a modern world that they feel has become too confusing.

The film was praised by critics and is representative of the American filmmaker’s style, serving as an allegory about companionship, art and the state of humanity. Jarmusch’s protagonists, two souls that are not part of this world, are employed to make a comment on “love everlasting.”

 Also, Greek Italian  actress, Valeria Golino, will attend  the festival to present her new film, Honey, which is nominated for the LUX Award this year.

The international competition is very promising, as well as the Greek competition, you see 2013 was a great year for Greeks films!

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

AL-KHOROUG LEL-NAHAR/COMING FORTH BY DAY, Hala LOTFY, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, 2012, 96’
BLUEBIRD, Lance EDMANDS, USA, Sweden, 2013, 90’
GOOD NIGHT, Sean H. A. GALLAGHER, USA, 2013, 83’
I AIONIA EPISTROFI TOU ANTONI PARASKEVA/THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS, Elina PSYKOU, Greece, Czech Republic, 2013, 88’
ILGUGUGU, MYEON HUE/SUNSHINE BOYS, Tae-gon KIM, South Korea, 2012, 85’
LA CHUPILCA DEL DIABLO/THE DEVIL’S LIQUOR, Ignacio RODRIGUEZ, Chile, 2012, 100’
LA JAULA DE ORO/THE GOLDEN CAGE, Diego QUEMADA-DIEZ, Mexico, Spain, 2013, 102’
MOLASSES/MELAZA, Carlos LECHUGA, Cuba, France, Panama, 2012, 80’
MOUTON/SHEEP, Gilles DEROO, Marianne PISTONE, France, 2012, 100’
PELO MALO/BAD HAIR, Mariana RONDON, Venezuela, 2013, 93’
SUZANNE, Katell QUILLEVERE, France, 2013, 94’
VI/US, Mani MASERRAT, Sweden, 2013, 92’
WILD DUCK, Yiannis SAKARIDIS, Greece, 2013, 88’
ZAZRAK/MIRACLE, Juraj LEHOTSKY, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2013, 78’

GREEK FILMS 2013

GOLDFISH, Thanos TSAVLIS, Greece, 2013, 94’
I EONIA EPISTROFI TOU ANTONI PARASKEVA/THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS, Elina PSYKOU, Greece/Czech Republic, 2013, 88’
I TELEFTEA FARSA/ONE LAST JOKE, Vassilis RAISSIS, Greece, 2013, 83’
MISS VIOLENCE, Alexandros AVRANAS, Greece, 2013, 99’
NA KATHESE KAI NA KITAS/ STANDING ASIDE, WATCHING, Yiorgos SERVETAS, Greece, 2013, 98’
O HIMONAS /THE WINTER, Constantinos KOUTSOLIOTAS, Greece/UK, 2013, 105’
O PROPHITIS /THE PROPHET, Dimitris POULOS, Greece, 2013, 105’
WILD DUCK, Yiannis SAKARIDIS, Greece, 2013, 88’