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THESSALONIKI 2018

This year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival is inspired by Roman Charity

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- The 59th edition of the most important Greek film gathering is showcasing new voices in the international competition and continuing its Greek focus, while its Balkan Survey turns 25

This year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival is inspired by Roman Charity
Her Job by Nikos Labôt

Every year, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) focuses on a different artistic theme, which then acts as the guide for making the selection. For its 59th edition (1-11 November), the TIFF has picked up the theme of Caritas Romana (Roman Charity). Inspired by the story of Pero, a woman who secretly breastfeeds her father, Cimon, who has been sentenced to death by starvation, the scene has been reimagined in various art forms, predominantly in paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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The 15 films selected in the international competition are directed by up-and-coming debutant and sophomore filmmakers and will be setting their sights on the Golden Alexander. European co-productions have the lion’s share, with 11 titles in the line-up, while three of them are Greek.

The selected productions include two titles from Cannes’ Un Certain Regard – the Best Screenplay winner, Sofia [+see also:
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 by Meryem Benm' Barek (France/Belgium/Qatar), and The Harvesters [+see also:
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by Etienne Kallos (South Africa/France/Poland/Greece) – as well as North American successes such as the Tribeca winner Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
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 by Marios Piperides (Cyprus/Germany/Greece), the Sundance hits Holiday [+see also:
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 by Isabella Eklöf (Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden), The Guilty [+see also:
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by Gustav Möller (Denmark) and We the Animals by Jeremiah Zagar (USA), and the Toronto-premiered Her Job [+see also:
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 by Nikos Labôt (Greece/France/Serbia). Two Locarno winners will also be taking part: the Special Mention recipient Ray & Liz [+see also:
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 by Richard Billingham (UK) and Eva Trobisch’s All Good [+see also:
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(Germany), the winner of the First Feature Award. Venice’s Orizzonti winner Manta Ray [+see also:
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by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand/France/China) and Elsa Amiel’s debut, Pearl [+see also:
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(France/Switzerland), will also get an airing. The selection is topped off by the national premiere of The Waiter by Steve Krikris (Greece), the international premiere of Meili by Zhou Zhou (Taiwan), the European premiere of Alex Moratto’s Socrates (Brazil) and Chained for Life by Aaron Schimberg (USA).

The 59th TIFF will open with the Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Japan) and will close with the Caméra d'Or-awarded Girl [+see also:
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 by Lukas Dhont (Belgium/Netherlands). Four more titles will be screened out of competition: Touch Me Not [+see also:
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by Adina Pintilie (Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/France), Too Late to Die Young [+see also:
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 by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar), Sauvage [+see also:
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by Camille Vidal-Naquet (France) and A Land Imagined [+see also:
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 by Yeo Siew Hua (Singapore/France/Netherlands).

For the Greek Film Festival of the 59th TIFF, 12 established and first-time filmmakers will compete in the First Run and Beyond Borders sections for the independent awards handed out by the festival. First Run comprises Free Subject by Stella TheodorakisHoly Boom by Maria LafiMagic Skin by Konstantinos Samaras, The Mountain Tears by Stelios CharalampopoulosRefuge II: The Ice Path by Christos NikolerisScopophilia by Natalia Lampropoulou and Ilektra Aggeletopoulou, Still River [+see also:
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by Angelos FrantzisThe Night of Saint Anthony by Thanassis Skroubelos and The Right Pocket of the Robe by Yannis Lapatas. Beyond Borders includes Night Out by Stratos TzitzisPause [+see also:
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by Tonia Mishiali and Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas.

One of the best-established sections of the TIFF, Balkan Survey, curated for the last 25 years by Dimitris Kerkinos, will present 15 films from the region that have been successful during the year at various international film festivals: Ága [+see also:
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by Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria/Germany/France), Alice T. [+see also:
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by Radu Muntean (Romania/Sweden/France), Butterflies [+see also:
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by Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey), Cold November [+see also:
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 by Ismet Sijarina (Kosovo/Albania/Macedonia), "I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians" [+see also:
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by Radu Jude (Romania/Czech Republic/France/Bulgaria/Germany), Lemonade [+see also:
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by Ioana Uricaru (Romania/Germany/Sweden/Canada), The Load [+see also:
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by Ognjen Glavonić (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar), Sibel [+see also:
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 by Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti (Turkey/France/Germany/Luxemburg), and You Have the Night [+see also:
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by Ivan Salatić (Montenegro/Serbia/Qatar). Also, the sequel to Stere Gulea’s 1980s classic,  Moromete Family: The Edge of Time [+see also:
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, will enjoy its world premiere. At a tribute entitled “Before the Wave Breaks”, Balkan Survey will screen eight iconic Romanian films that date from before 2001, directed by the predecessors of New Romanian Cinema.

Finally, Spanish filmmaker Jaime Rosales, Dutch director Nanouk Leopold, and Chilean visual artists-filmmakers Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña will be honoured in the tributes of the 59th TIFF, and a special tribute dedicated to Greek queer cinema is also being organised, including the screening of 38 rare feature-length and short films.

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