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Greek film Wasted Youth to open 40th IFFR

The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on the evening of Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival's Tiger Awards Competition. Co-directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, the producers and cast members Haris Markou, Ieronimos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliof, Jason Wastor and Themis Bazaka will be present at the opening.   Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A six...

Closing Ceremony of Thessaloniki Film Festival

CLOSING CEREMONY The 49th TIFF's journey which started 10 days ago reached its final destination on Sunday, November 23rd with the closing ceremony at the Olympion hall. Despina Mouzaki, director of TIFF thanked all the personnel and the volunteers of TIFF, the press, the critics, the jury and all the organizations that helped towards a successful 49th TIFF. She also thanked the film makers by saying: 'Thank you for trusting us with your films and for being present to 49t...

The ‘Generation Next’ Presentation

Generation Next, TIFF’s new program that is part of the festival’s Greek Section, was presented to the public on Tuesday, November 18th, at Tonia Marketaki theater. ‘Today we are making a leap into the future by presenting a new generation of Greek filmmakers, better known as Generation Next’, said Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Head of Greek Program. TIFF president, Georges Corraface expressed his enthusiasm and satisfaction for the Generation Next initiative and wished the young directo...

Opening of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film festival

The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) started yesterday, with the opening ceremony being held at the Olympion Theater. This year's opening ceremony has been based on the idea of a journey throughout the history of cinema. Three large screens carried the audience in an exciting trip starting from the Lumière brothers' first images. Konstantinos Kontovrakis, host of the opening ceremony directed by Angelos Frantzis, welcomed the audience and the 49th TIFF's honored guests...

Focus contempory wars at Thessaloniki

Focus is the first thematic section to be presented at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, building its program around a topic that changes annually. It was inaugurated in the 47th TIFF with the “Teenage Lust/Teenage Angst” theme, while for the 48th TIFF it deals with the significant and always modern subject of Contemporary Wars. Through a selection of productions made in the years 2006 and 2007, the Focus section, curated by film critic Konstantinos Kontovrakis, investigates the ...

Thessalonik prepares a tribute to John Sayles

The acclaimed American independent filmmaker John Sayles will attend the 48th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival for a complete retrospective on his work. John Sayles will present and discuss his films with the public, along with his longtime partner and producer Maggie Renzi and his staple actors Chris Cooper (Academy Award winner in 2002 for Adaptation) and David Strathairn (Academy Award winner in 2005 for Goodnight and Good Luck). The director will be honored with a spec...


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