Despite all political and social difficulties a country might be undergoing, a festival remains a celebration. As a mirror of behavior, a processor of events, a projector of realities, it evaluates situations – merely straightforward and sober.
The 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival is presenting 150 films from 48 countries and pays tributes to 4 magnificent directors and filmmakers of the independent cinema. This year’s sections cover a broad range of audiovisual creations and are seperated into the following categories:
The section Tributes – Open Horizons is happy to present the Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, the award-winning director Bahman Ghobadi of Kurdish origin and the well known German filmmaker Andreas Dresen.
Besides the main tributes this year, the TIFF is also paying tribute to the deceased multi-award-winning director Theo Angelopoulos (Athens, 27th April 1935; † 24th January 2012) with three of his most important films The Travelling Players, Voyage to Cythera and Landscape in the Mist, a round table with friends and colleagues of Angelopoulos as well as a concert with Eleni Karendrou including a special appearance by Dimitra Galani.
Furthermore, the TIFF will present the award-winning short films of the International Short Film Festival in Drama 2012 and is inaugurating the new section Night Views with the spotlight on the Greek filmmaker Costas Zapas and the Israeli director Lior Shamriz.
Fact of the day: Owners of a student card (with a Greek student card or the internationally recognized student identity ISIC), an unemployment card by the Greek Department of Unemployment and visitors above 65 are entitled to free admission to all screenings starting before 3 p.m.. A (free of charge) ticket has to be purchased at the box offices of the cinema anyway.
Translation: Maria Brand