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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. 



Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev at 52nd TIFF


The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) presented his latest film, ELENA (2011) last week at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). ELENA held its world premier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize.

-Vanessa McMahon



"Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, each one from a different social background. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man; Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They met late in life and they both have children from previous marriages. Elena’s son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir’s daughter is an indifferent young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in the hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somewhat tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only one to inherit his money. Back home, he announces this to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife will then come up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life."

-Summary by TIFF PRESS-


photos by Dimitra Fourkalidou

Andrey Zvyagintsev 

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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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