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A Hijacking wins in Thessaloniki


- Danish director Tobias Lindholm leaves with the Golden Alexander for Best Film. Mold wins silver and Epilogue takes bronze

A Hijacking wins in Thessaloniki

Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm’s latest film, A Hijacking, has won the Golden Alexander at the 53rd edition of the Thessaloniki Film Festival that ended on November 11, 2012. A Hijacking also won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in the competition.

The Silver Alexander, the Jury Special Prize, was handed to Ali Aydin’s Mold. This Turco-German co-production, like the Danish film, was first unveiled in Venice.

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The Bronze Alexander, the Jury Special Prize for the Originality and Innovation of a work, was awarded to Israeli director Amir Manor’s Epilogue, a film that also won Best Screenplay and the Audience Award.

Spanish director Antonio Méndez Esparza won Best Director for Aquí y allá, a film that made its premiere at the Critics’ Week of the last Cannes Film Festival.

Polish actress Julia Kijowska’s brilliant performance in Loving earned her Best Actress, while Greek actor Yannis Papadopoulos won Best Actor for his role in Boy Eating the Bird’s Food.

The Color of Chameleon, a surprising Bulgarian production directed by Emil Christov, received a Second Jury Special Mention.

Full list of winners:

Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander – Theo Angelopoulos

A Hijacking
By Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012)

Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander

By Ali Aydin (Turkey-Germany, 2012)

Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation - Bronze Alexander

By Amir Manor (Israel, 2012)

Best Director Award

Antonio Méndez Esparza 
For Aquí y allá (Spain-USA-Mexico, 2012)

Best Screenplay Award

Amir Manor 
For Epilogue (Israel, 2012)

Best Actress Award

Julia Kijowska 
For Loving (Poland, 2012)

Best Actor Award

Yannis Papadopoulos 
For Boy Eating the Bird's Food (Greece, 2012)

Artistic Achievement Award

By Vasily Sigarev (Russia, 2012)

First Special Mention

By Vahid Vakilifar (Iran, 2012)

Second Special Mention

The Color of the Chameleon 
By Emil Christov (Bulgaria, 2012)

FIPRESCI awards:

For a film in the International Competition Section 2012 to

A Hijacking
By Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012)

For a film in the Greek Films 2012 section to

Boy Eating the Bird's Food
By Ektoras Ligizos (Greece, 2012)


The Hellenic Parliament TV Channel bestows the award to the film:

By Amir Manor (Israel, 2012)


For a film in the International Competition section

By Amir Manor (Israel, 2012)

For a film in the Greek Films section – MICHAEL CACOYANNIS AWARD

Papadopoulos and Sons 
By Marcus Markou (UK-Greece, 2012)

For a film in the Balkan Survey section

Beyond the Hills 
By Cristian Mungiu (Romania-France-Belgium, 2012)

For a film in the Open Horizons section

By Pablo Larraín (Chile-USA-Mexico, 2012) 

AGORA awards


The jury of the 8th Crossroads Co-production Forum grants the Two Thirty Five co-production award (full post production image and sound) to the project:

MOTHERLAND, Directed by Senem Tüzen, Produced by: Olena Yershova, Tato Film, Yeni Sinemacilar Turkey.

The jury also grants the French CNC (CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA ET DE L’ IMAGE ANIMÉE) Development award of 7.000 euro to the project:

PARK [+see also:
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, Directed by Sofia Exarchou, Produced by: Amanda Livanou, Guanaco, Greece

The jury also awards a Special Mention to the project ALGIERS BY NIGHT, Directed by: Yanis Koussim, Produced by: Claire Mazeau-Karoum, Une Chambre á Soi Productions, Algeria

The French development and consulting company INITIATIVE FILM headed by Isabelle Fauvel offers its services to the film project: PARK, Directed by: Sofia Exarchou, Produced by: Amanda Livanou, Guanaco, Greece and will follow its development for the next 6 months.

SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS of the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) awards a scholarship to the film project RAW AND COOKED, Director/Producer: Gabriel Achim, Co-producer: Dan Burlac, Green Film, Romania


GRAAL S.A & CINELABS GREECE awards for the third year one of the Agora Works in Progress films presented in the Agora Industry with in kind services and material in image post-production up to 70.000 euro

SEABURNERS, Directed by Melisa Önel, Produced by Yamac Okur, Asli Erdem, Bulut Film, Turkey

The film was presented in Crossroads Co-production Forum 2011

The jury also gives an Honorable mention to:

MY DOG KILLER, Directed by Mira Fornay, Produced by Juraj Buzalka, Mirafox, Slovak Republic/ Czech Republic


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(Translated from French)

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