Even though winter tends to fill most of us with melancholy, it brings us however a message of optimism: the opportunity to escape through 7th art and more specifically through the Thessaloniki International Film Festival; one of the most popular and beloved events of the film enthusiasts.
Punctual on its annual date, the most important film event of the year starts with fresh movies, special tribute screenings and the usual competition section. For ten whole days (3-12 December) the lucky audience will have the unique chance to enjoy new remarkable releases, not yet been shown in Greece, directed by distinguished movie-makers from all over Europe.
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in an attempt to get its cinephile audience acquainted with new artists and novel film-making trends, is paying a tribute to the Arab cinema initiating us into its fascinating, oriental world! Besides, it establishes for the very first time a collaboration with the Abu Dhabi and Doha Film Festivals strengthening thereby its bonds with the Arabian world.
Don’t miss one of the highlights of the Festival: the Mohamed Al-Daradji retrospective, paying special tribute to the world renowned Iraqi film maker and his films (among which the award-winning “Son of Babylon”)!
The first official screening of the Festival will be the “127 Hours” created by award-winning director Danny Boyle. As every year, Modern Greek cinema occupies a prominent position in the festival. This year the festival will present an exciting selection of new Greek productions created by important Greek directors that will certainly impress the audience thanks to their original thematology and their innovative cinematic approach.
Among the Festival’s regular sections stand out the “Open Horizons” and “Balkan Survey” with a special tribute to the renowned Zagreb School of Animation that comprises 47 films by 28 filmmakers; spotlight of this tribute will be Borivoj Bordo Dovnikovic, one of the pioneers of Yugoslav animation.
51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival is proud to present this year a retrospective of this year’s Golden Palm winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul and further tributes to Susanne Bier, Mohamed Al Daradji, Werner Schroeter and Dorota Kedzierzawska.
Impatient film lovers will have the chance to enjoy marvelous films of the coming season. Don’t miss: «Route Irish» by Ken Loach, «Three» by Tom Tikwer, «The Trip» by Michael Winterbottom, «Submarino» by Thomas Vinterberg et al.
The closing screening of the Festival will be “Black Swan” by Darren Aronofski on the 12th of December.