Ray & Liz receives Thessaloniki’s Golden Alexander
by Vassilis Economou
- Richard Billingham’s memoir has come out on top, while Eva Trobisch and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng won the other main awards at the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
British photographer, artist and director Richard Billingham’s debut feature, Ray & Liz [+see also:
interview: Richard Billingham
film profile], has won the “Theo Angelopoulos” Golden Alexander for Best Feature Film at the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which ran from 1-11 November. The prizes were given out yesterday at the closing-night ceremony, held in the Olympion Theatre.
The international jury, comprising the director of the EYE Filmmuseum, Sandra den Hamer, Romanian director Radu Jude, Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (Simin Motamed), Spanish composer Alfonso de Vilallonga and the director of the Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, Syrago Tsiara, handed the €8,000 prize to the British drama, which serves as a creative memoir of Billingham’s childhood during the Thatcher era.
The second award, the Silver Alexander, was bestowed upon Eva Trobisch’s first feature, All Good [+see also:
film profile], a drama that follows a woman trying to deny the assault she has fallen victim to. For that performance, leading actress Aenne Schwarz received the Best Actress Award, sharing it with Marisha Triantafyllidou for the Greek female-driven drama Her Job [+see also:
interview: Nikos Labôt
film profile], directed by Nikos Labôt. The Best Actor Award was bestowed upon Danish thesp Jakob Cedergren for his role in Gustav Möller’s The Guilty [+see also:
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile], with the film also being voted as the audience’s favourite.
The other big winner of the night was Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s debut feature, Manta Ray [+see also:
film profile], with the Thai director and cinematographer receiving the Special Jury Award for Best Director. The film also picked up the Best Achievement Award for Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit’s cinematography, and the Human Values Award from the Hellenic Parliament TV channel.
Finally, the jury handed out two Special Mentions: one to Tribeca winner Smuggling Hendrix [+see also:
interview: Marios Piperides
film profile] by Cypriot debutant Marios Piperides and another to Socrates by Alex Moratto, which also scooped the independent prize for the best LGBTQI-themed film, the Mermaid Award.
The Greek Film Centre (GFC) crowned Steve Krikris’ debut, The Waiter [+see also:
film profile], with two awards, one for Best Greek Debut, accompanied by €5,000 in cash, plus the newly introduced Best Location Award from the Hellenic Film Commission, worth €1,500, which went to the film’s location manager, Dimitris Halkiadakis. The GFC also sponsored the Best Virtual Reality Award, valued at €3,000, which was bestowed upon Battlescar by Nico Casavecchia and Μartin Allais.
In the Greek Film Festival 2018 section, Pause [+see also:
interview: Tonia Mishiali
film profile] by Tonia Mishiali snagged the FIPRESCI Award, while Angelos Frantzis’ Still River [+see also:
interview: Angelos Frantzis
film profile] received the Greek Film Critics’ Association Award.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival:
Best Artistic Achievement for Cinematography
Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit - Manta Ray
Virtual Reality Films Competition
Battlescar - Nico Casavecchia, Μartin Allais (France/USA)
Hellenic Film Commission Best Location Award
Dimitris Halkiadakis - The Waiter
Human Values Award
Manta Ray - Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Socrates - Alex Moratto
Youth jury awards
Fischer audience awards
International Competition Award
The Guilty - Gustav Möller
Greek Film Festival – Michael Cacoyannis Award
Refuge II: The Ice Path - Christos Nikoleris (Greece)
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