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THESSALONIKI 2020

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival readies its digital edition

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- The important Greek film gathering is back in (online) business, showcasing more than 170 films to its local audience

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival readies its digital edition
Apples by Christos Nikou

The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) will unspool entirely online from 5-15 November, screening a total of 177 films available to local audiences, who can purchase their tickets on the festival’s website. TIFF’s artistic director, Orestis Andreadakis, underlines: “As we wheel out the Festival’s online version, we don’t cease to seek new theoretical tools to interpret not only cinema and the arts, but also the very reality that surrounds us. We set up visual art events in Thessaloniki’s public space; we plan alternative solutions for all our Festival’s upcoming actions. Our motto ‘Cinema, no matter what’ is a means for love and understanding, a way for us to lay down some rules of our own, over the ones imposed by the new coronavirus, a reaction against the reversed world we have immersed in”.

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The 61st TIFF will open with Philipp Yuryev’s feature debut and Giornate degli Autori winner, The Whaler Boy [+see also:
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(Poland/Russia/Belgium), and will wrap with another Venice title and Poland’s submission to the Oscars, Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
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by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert (Poland/Germany).

For the fourth consecutive year, the TIFF selection follows an artistic concept. This time, it is “Intimacy, a Modern Tyranny”, inspired by the book “The Fall of Public Man” by American sociologist Richard Sennett. The 12 films selected in the international competition, three of them Greek, are feature debuts or sophomore films and will be setting their sights on the Golden Alexander. The selection includes: After Love [+see also:
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by Aleem Khan (UK), Apples [+see also:
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interview: Christos Nikou
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by Christos Nikou (Greece/Poland/Slovenia), Digger [+see also:
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interview: Georgis Grigorakis
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by Georgis Grigorakis (Greece/France), Gaza mon amour [+see also:
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by Arab Nasser and Tarzan Nasser (Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar), Ghosts [+see also:
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by Azra Deniz Okyay (Turkey/France/Qatar), Identifying Features [+see also:
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by Fernanda Valadez (Mexico/Spain), Kala azar [+see also:
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interview: Janis Rafa
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by Janis Rafa (Netherlands/Greece), My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To by Jonathan Cuartas (USA), Night of the Kings [+see also:
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by Philippe Lacôte (France/Côte d'Ivoire/Canada/Senegal), Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time [+see also:
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interview: Lili Horvat
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by Lili Horvát (Hungary), Shorta [+see also:
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interview: Anders Ølholm and Frederik …
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by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid (Denmark), and Sow the Wind [+see also:
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interview: Danilo Caputo
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by Danilo Caputo (Italy/France/Greece).

For the second consecutive year, the Meet the Neighbours competition is welcoming ten films from Southeast Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with three of them hailing from Greece. The films of this edition are 200 Meters [+see also:
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by Ameen Nayfeh (Palestine/Jordan/Italy/Qatar/Sweden), All the Pretty Little Horses [+see also:
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interview: Michalis Konstantatos
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by Michalis Konstantatos (Greece/Belgium/Germany), Amercement [+see also:
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by Fokion Bogris (Greece), Daniel ’16 [+see also:
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by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Greece), The Death of Cinema and My Father Too [+see also:
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by Dani Rosenberg (France/Israel), Luxor [+see also:
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interview: Zeina Durra
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by Zeina Durra (UK/Egypt/UAE), Oasis [+see also:
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interview: Ivan Ikic
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by Ivan Ikić (Serbia/Netherlands/Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/France), Should the Wind Drop [+see also:
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by Nora Martirosyan (France/Belgium/Armenia), Spiral [+see also:
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by Cecília Felméri (Hungary), and Unidentified [+see also:
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by Bogdan George Apetri (Romania/Latvia/Czech Republic).

For the Greek Film Festival of the 61st TIFF, 15 established and first-time filmmakers will be competing in the First Run and Crossing Borders sections. In addition to six titles which are also in the International Competition or in Meet the Neighbors, First Run comprises A Simple Man by Tassos Gerakinis (Greece/France/Serbia), Green Sea by Angeliki Antoniou (Greece/Germany), Gym by Alexandros Voulgaris (The Boy) (Greece), Sarmako – A Tale of the North by Marco Papadopoulos (Greece), Senior Citizen by Marinos Kartikkis (Cyprus), Tailor [+see also:
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by Sonia Liza Kenterman (Greece/Germany/Belgium), and Who Will Be Eaten by Elpiniki Voutsa-Rentzepopoulou (Greece). Meanwhile, the Crossing Borders section includes Sisters Apart [+see also:
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by Daphne Charizani (Germany/Greece) and Vasy’s Odyssey by Vasilis Papatheocharis (Spain).

As for the Balkan Survey, which every year focuses on the most important works from the region, seven feature-length films and five shorts are included: Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus [+see also:
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interview: Dalibor Baric
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by Dalibor Barić (Croatia), Exile [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
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by Visar Morina (Germany/Belgium/Kosovo), Father [+see also:
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interview: Srdan Golubović
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by Srdan Golubović (Serbia/France/Germany/Croatia), February [+see also:
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by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/France), Malmkrog [+see also:
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by Cristi Puiu (Romania/Serbia/Switzerland/Sweden/Bosnia and Herzegovina/North Macedonia), Mare [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Staka
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by Andrea Štaka (Switzerland/Croatia), and Uppercase Print [+see also:
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by Radu Jude (Romania).

Finally, three special tributes are being organised: a special focus on science fiction films in the section “Prophecies from another world: Sci-fi and Cli-fi (1950-1990)”, as well as retrospectives about two prominent voices of European cinema, Anja Breien and Vĕra Chytilová (read the news).

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