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Thessaloniki reveals partial line-up and tributes

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- Greece’s top film gathering will welcome Hanna Schygulla as its main guest of honour, while local cinematic legends will also be celebrated

Thessaloniki reveals partial line-up and tributes
The festival will pay tribute to Pantelis Voulgaris, among others

Fatih Akin’s Venice contender The Cut [+see also:
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, the Dardenne brothers’ Cannes entry Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Best Screenplay Award winner Leviathan [+see also:
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will feature prominently among the Special Screenings at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which will this year be marking its 55th edition (31 October-9 November) by celebrating the centennial of Greek cinema.

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As part of the 100-year anniversary, the life’s work of local cinematic legends director Pantelis Voulgaris (Little England [+see also:
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), documentarian Lakis Papastathis, and actresses Voula Zouboulaki and Anna Synodinou will be honoured by the festival, which will also be featuring films selected by festivalgoers via an online voting system set up a few months ago (see news). 

Heading up this year’s Tributes section, Hanna Schygulla will attend the festival to enjoy a retrospective of her work, which will include three of her collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, along with a selection of short films curated by Schygulla herself. On the eve of her receiving the honorary Golden Alexander, the iconic German actress and singer will perform a short concert, followed by a screening of Anne Imbert’s documentary, Whatever the Dream Is.

This year’s Venice winner, Roy Andersson, will also be honoured by a retrospective of his work, culminating in the screening of his Golden Lion-winning film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [+see also:
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. Moreover, the festival will be shining a spotlight on Ramin Bahrani’s and Kornel Mundruczo’s work, with highlights of their filmographies being showcased along with their latest movies, 99 Homes and White God [+see also:
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, respectively.

Open Horizons, the festival’s main conduit for international independent cinema, will this year be featuring films like Emma Dante’s Venice contender A Street in Palermo [+see also:
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, Bent Hamer’s Toronto-screened 1001 Grams [+see also:
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and Lucie Borleteau’s Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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interview: Lucie Borleteau
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, which boasts the Locarno-awarded performance of Ariane Labed.

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