Thessaloniki reveals its full line-up
by Joseph Proimakis
- The festival’s new leadership will present an expansive set of premieres and retrospectives, as the Greeks reclaim the gathering
Well-travelled Greeks will go head to head with international indie hits in this year’s International Competition, the beating heart of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF, 3-13 November), which will see its expansive set of premieres and retrospectives complemented by a full-scale return of local titles, as the Greeks reclaim their place at the country’s top-tier film gathering.
Inaugurating the Greek Film Festival, a side event running alongside the main festivities, the 57th TIFF will offer local and international visitors alike the chance to sample the full gamut of what the local film industry has to offer. Boasting 27 local titles, including as-yet unseen and already-screened films produced within the last year, the non-competitive panorama will include such movies as Christoforos Papakaliatis’ crowd-pleaser Worlds Apart [+see also:
film profile], Sotiris Tsafoulias’ potential blockbuster Another Me and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ widely acclaimed LUX finalist Suntan [+see also:
interview: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Meanwhile, Sofia Exarchou’s San Sebastián-premiered debut feature, Park [+see also:
interview: Sofia Exarchou
film profile], fostered at the TIFF’s Agora, where it won two development awards back in 2012, will come full circle back to Thessaloniki, nabbing one of the three spots saved for local entries in the TIFF’s International Competition. Stergios Paschos’ Locarno sensation Afterlov [+see also:
interview: Stergios Paschos
film profile] and Yiannis Sakaridis’ Busan contender Amerika Square [+see also:
interview: Yannis Sakaridis
film profile] will be the two other local competitors vying for the Golden Alexander, while the foreign competition includes the San Sebastián FIPRESCI Award winner Lady Macbeth [+see also:
interview: William Oldroyd
film profile] by William Oldroyd, the Venice-awarded Sámi Blood [+see also:
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile] by Amanda Kernell and Cannes’ Un Certain Regard contender The Transfiguration by Michael O’Shea.
Paying tribute to Argentinian legend Leonardo Favio and France’s subversive Philippe Grandrieux via selective retrospectives, the festival’s homages also include an EU co-funded programme of films focusing on women, an eclectic mix of midnight screenings and an exhaustive retrospective of the work of pioneering Turkish auteur Zeki Demirkubuz.
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