Thessaloniki Film Festival Launches Dec 3
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) has reached its 51st year: from December 3 to 11, the country’s biggest cinema celebration brings together 169 films from 48 different countries, along with numerous lectures, round-table discussions, exhibitions and selected master classes.
Screenings begin on December 3, with Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and conclude with Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan on December 11.
Sixteen films will vie for the Alexander awards in the International Competition section. Independent Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is this year’s special guest, with the Independence Days section of the festival hosting a full retrospective of his works. The winner of Palme d’ Or award in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival will also hold a master class.
Special screenings include a tribute to Danish film maker Susanne Bier, who will attend the festival and be presented with a Golden Alexander award. Also included are film screenings of Mohamed Al-Daradji, Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year. Moreover, the Balkan Survey section is hosting a special tribute to Croatian animation, including a master class with Borivoj "Bordo" Dovniković.