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.
The curtain came down on the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Saturday, November 12, with the Closing Ceremony which took place at the Olympion Cinema. The string group “Rotonda”, under the artistic direction of Irina Dragneva provided the musical background of the evening.
The Russian drama “Twilight Portrait” won the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s top award, the Golden Alexander, and a corresponding 20,000-euro cash prize at the 52nd TIFF, which concluded in the northern port city Sunday.
The film, directed by Angelina Nikonova, tells the story of a young Russian woman raped by three policemen and offers a sharp critique on Russian society and police corruption.
“It’s a great honour for one’s hard work to be appreciated”, said Nikonova, adding that the €20,000 prize that comes with the award is “a little over what the whole production cost, and that makes us extremely happy”.
The award for best director at the festival was scooped by the USA’s Mark Jackson for his film “Without,” which follows a 19-year-old woman working as a temporary caregiver for an elderly man living in an isolated home.
The award for best actress went to Stefania Goulioti, who starred in the film “J.A.C.E.” — a modern take on the story of Oliver Twist — directed by Menelaos Karamaghiolis.
The award for the best screenplay went to John McIlduff who wrote & directed the film “BEHOLD THE LAMB” and produced by Kevin Jackson.
Best Feature Film Award – Golden Alexander (20.000 euro): PORTRET V SUMER KAKH (TWILIGHT PORTRAIT) by Angelina Nikonova. Producers: Leonid Ogaryov, Angelina Nikonova and Olga Dykhovichnaya, Screenwriters: Angelina Nikonova and Olga Dykhovichnaya, Russia, 2011
Special Jury Award – Silver Alexander (10.000 euro): OSMDESAT DOPISU (EIGHTY LETTERS) by Vaclav Kardnka. Producer: Vaclav Kadrnka, Screenwriters: Jiri Soukup, Vaclav Kadrnka, Czech Republic, 2011
Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation – Bronze Alexander (5.000 euro): PORFIRIO by Alejandro Landes. Producers Fransisco Aljure, Alejandro Landes, Screenwriter Alejandro Landes, Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France, 2011
Best Director Award: MARK JACKSON for WITHOUT. Producers: Mark Jackson, Jessica Dimmock, Michael Requa, Jaime Keeling, Screenwriter: Mark Jackson, USA, 2011
Best Screenplay Award: JOHN MCILDUFF for BEHOLD THE LAMB. Director: John McIlduff, Producer: Kevin Jackson, UK, 2011
Best Actress Award: STEFANIA GOULIOTI for J.A.C.E.. Director: Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Producers: Menelaos Karamaghiolis and Fenia Kossovitsa, Screenwriter: Menelaos Karamaghiolis in collaboration with Nicolas Panoutsopoulos, Greece/Portugal/Turkey/FYROM/The Netherlands, 2011
Best Actor Award: WOTAN WILKE MOEHRING for DER BRAND (THE FIRE), Director Brigitte Maria Bertele, Producer Hartwig König, Screenwriter Johanna Stuttman, Germany, 2011
Artistic Achievement Award: RONIT ELKABETZ, MICHAEL MOSHONOV, YOAV ROTMAN for MABUL (THE FLOOD)
The Best Artistic Achievement Award goes to the cast of the Israeli drama, Mabul, which, in the intensity, passion and the unity of its ensemble performance, distinguishes the original narrative and makes the film real, relevant and deeply moving by GUY NATTIV, Producers Chilik Michaeli, Ina Fichman, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Screenwriters Noa Berman-Herzberg, Guy Nattiv, Israel/Canada/Germany/France, 2010
The 52nd International Thessaloniki Film Festival FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) jury comprised of:
Tereza Brdeckova, Czech Republic, Jury President
Fritz De Jong, Netherlands
Julia Khomiakova, Russia
Fatih Ozguven, Turkey
Nestoras Poulakos, Greece
Bestows the FIPRESCI awards:
For a film in the International Competition Section 2011 to OSMDESAT DOPISU (EIGHTY LETTERS) by VACLAV KADRNKA, Producer Vaclav Kadrnka, Screenwriters Jiri Soukup, Vaclav Kadrnka, Czech Republic, 2011
For a film in the Greek Films 2011 section to I POLI TON PEDION (THE CITY OF CHILDREN) by YORGOS GIKAPEPPAS, Producer and Screenwriter Yorgos Gikapeppas, Greece, 2011
HUMAN VALUES AWARD (7.500 euro)
The Hellenic Parliament TV Channel bestowed the award to a film of the Open Horizons section, ROMEO ONZE by IVAN GRBOVIC, Producer Paul Barbeau, Screenwriter Ivan Grbovic, Sara Mishara, Canada, 2011
FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS
For a film in the International Competition section (3.000 euro): MABUL (THE FLOOD) by GUY NATTIV. Producers: Chilik Michaeli, Ina Fichman, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Screenwriters: Noa Berman-Herzberg, Guy Nattiv, Israel/Canada/Germany/France, 2010
For a film in the Greek Films section (3.000 euro): SUPER DEMETRIOS by GEORGIOS PAPAIOANNOU, Producer Georgios Papaioannou, Screenplay Alexandros Stogiannis, Georgios Papaioannou, Spyridon Papanaoum, Dimitrios Papavassiliou, Haralambos Papapostolou, Argiris Puggouras, Greece, 2011
For a film in the Balkan Survey section (3.000 euro): NEPRIJATELJ (THE ENEMY) by DEJAN ZECEVIC, Producer Nikolina Vucetic Zecevic, Screenwriters Djordje Milosavljevic, Serbia/Bosnia & Herzegovina/Croatia/Hungary, 2011
For a film in the Open Horizons section (3.000 euro): TYRANNOSAUR by PADDY CONSIDINE, Producer: Diarmid Scrimshaw, Screenwriter: Paddy Considine, UK, 2011
THE GREEK FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (PEKK) AWARD:
For a film in the International Competition section: PORTRET V SUMER KAKH (TWILIGHT PORTRAIT) by ANGELINA NIKONOVA. Producers: Leonid Ogaryov, Angelina Nikonova and Olga Dykhovichnaya, Screenwriters: Angelina Nikonova and Olga Dykhovichnaya, Russia, 2011
For a film in the Greek Films section: I POLI TON PEDION (THE CITY OF CHILDREN) by YORGOS GIKAPEPPAS, Producer and Screenwriter Yorgos Gikapeppas, Greece, 2011