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Thessaloniki International Film Festival



Dailies from the Thessaloniki international Film Festival

The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival was concluded with great success, receiving the audience’s love in every possible way. More than 80,000 viewers and movie industry professionals watched the films and attended the Festival’s online events, whereas a large number films of were sold out. Agora, the Festival’s development branch, also achieved a great attendance, offering support to Greek cinema through a series of new initiatives, actions, and awards.

The 61st Festival hosted a series of exhibitions and visual art events, within the framework of TIFF’s main concept, “Intimacy: a modern tyranny”. Works of art, video mapping, as well as The Glasshouse Project installation adorned the city streets and squares, as well as the Port of Thessaloniki, offering glimpses of joy and hope to the city’s residents, who had the chance to enjoy a touch of art during their scarce walks for exercise, groceries and the covering of basic needs, amidst these hard days we’re experiencing. The goal is for these exhibitions to remain in the city’s public space even after the Festival. 


 


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Marian Crisan's 'Morgen'

Marian Crisan's Morgen (2010) - Romania-France-Hungary

Summary: “Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds a Turk; he takes him home, providing him with clothing, food and a bed. The men don’t speak each other’s languages, but communicate honestly: partly because of the Turk’s passionate urgency and partly due to Nelu’s ability to be empathetic to the plight of another. It transpires that the immigrant, Behran, is trying to get to his son in Germany. Nelu resolves to assist him in any way; every try becomes a new “Morgen”, a fresh tomorrow in German, Behran’s language of hope. In this gentle and insightful film, rather than being the issue, immigration provides the context for what becomes a bond of genuine humanity between the two men.” TIFF press.

 

 

from 'Morgen'

Morgen picked up three awards at 51st TIFF 2010

 

1)      Best Actor Award ex aequo

to
ANDRAS HATHAZI and YILMAZ YALCIN

in MORGEN by Marian Crisan, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

 

2)      Best Director Award

to
MARIAN CRISAN

for
MORGEN, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

3)      Bestows the FIPRESCI awards:

For a film in the International Competition Section 2010 to

MORGEN
By
MARIAN CRISAN, Producer Anca Puiu, Screenwriter Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

 

see trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkab2o0aEzk

 

 

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About Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Industry: CROSSROADS Co-Production Forum,AGORA, script-development BALKAN FUND. Competition for directors with 1st or 2nd films. Golden Alexander Prize 37.000 €

Coverage by Vanessa McMahon, Laurie Gordon


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