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58th TIFF Line-up, Juries & Parallel Events (10/23/2017)

November 2-12, 2017
With the opening of the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival approaching, this press release includes the latest news that round-up this year’s communication: the International and FIPRESCI Juries, open discussion, masterclass, parallel events, as well as the complete line-up list.
Opening - Thursday, November 2nd: On Body and Soul / Testrol es lelekrol by Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary, 2017, 116’
Closing – Sunday, November 12th: The Party by Sally Potter, United Kingdom, 2017, 71΄
The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of:
Annemarie Jacir, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Palestine
Payman Maadi, Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Iran-USA
Karel Och, Artistic Director, Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic
Bruno Tarrière, Sound Designer, Sound Engineer, France
Maria Nafpliotou, Actress, Greece
The three-member FIPRESCI Jury called to judge films in the International Competition and the Greek Film Festival premieres is composed of:
Ola Salwa, Poland - Jury President
Thomas Abeltshauser, Germany
Theodor Giachoustidis, Greece
Open Discussion with Ruben Östlund
Tuesday November 7, 2017, 11:00, Pavlos Zannas theatre
Cannes’ Palm d’ Or winner Ruben Östlund attends this year’s edition on the occasion of the retrospective to his work presented by TIFF. The Swedish filmmaker will talk about cinema and life in an open, illuminating, and hopefully delightful discussion, moderated by Yorgos Krassakopoulos.
“2.39:1 – Greek Cinema Goes Cinemascope Again!”
Saturday November 11, 2017, 11:00, Pavlos Zannas theatre
The masterclass explores the magic and challenges of the film frame though the cinemascope format, which is lately used more and more often in Greek films. Two distinguished Greek cinematographers participate in the event; Christos Karamanis (GSC) shares his experiences with the audience and DoP Argyris Theos moderates the conversation. The event is organized by the Greek Society of Cinematographers (GSC) with the support of TIFF.
“Taking Roots: 14 Films, 14 Inceptions, 14 Roots of the Soul”
November 4 – 12, 2017, Former Army Warehouse (Peer Α΄, Port), free admission // Opening: Saturday 4/11, 18:00
The 58th TIFF proposes a subversive approach to cinema, selecting the International Competition films in the light of The Need for Roots, inspired by the 20th-century iconic book of the same title by the French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1043). TIFF invited 14 young Greek artists to watch the films of the IC section, become inspired and create 14 original works for each one of them. These works will be presented for the first time in the exhibition, which is organised by TIFF with the support of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Port Authority and Samsung. The participating artists are: R. Bellou, N. Eftstathiadi, D. Fragakis, L. Giannakopoulos, Chr. Koumianaki, M. Kriara, M. Mavropoulou, K. Nikolaou, Y. Papafigos, V. Selimas, A. Stratakis, S. Strouza, M. Tsagari and P. Vlassopoulou. // Curator: Orestis Andreadakis, General Coordination: Thanos Stavropoulos, Production: NEDA Film, Amanda Livanou.
TIFF posters
November 1-30, 2017, TOMS Flagship Store & Cafe (22, Tsimiski str.), free admission (opening hours: daily 10:00-01:00, tel.: +30 2310234222)
TIFF’s posters invite us to a fascinating journey through time, memory and films, as well as the promising future of the largest cinematic celebration in Greece.
“Loafing and Camouflage: From the archive of Nikos Perakis”
November 3 – December 9, 2017, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation Bookstore (11, Tsimiski str.), free admission // Opening: Friday, November 3, 20:00
The exhibition is dedicated to Nikos Perakis’ Loafing and Camouflage, one of the most iconic and successful films of contemporary Greek cinema that won four awards in TIFF’s 1984 edition. The exhibition takes place on the occasion of the director’s decision to donate his archive to ELIA-MIET and is organized by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) with the support of TIFF, presenting documents and archive material of the film’s production, promotional material, etc. (opening hours: Monday, Wednesday 09:00-15:30, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00-20:00, Saturday 09:30-16:00)
Photo exhibition #CedefopPhotoAward 2017
November 2-30, 2017, Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki (Warehouse A, Port), free admission. Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00 // Opening:  Friday, November 3, 16:00
#CedefopPhotoAward is a photography competition organised by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, and endorsed by the European Commission. For the 2017 edition, Cedefop asked teams of vocational education and training learners in the EU to share their experiences through original photo stories. The first- and second-prize winning stories, along with the 18 runners-up, will be exhibited at the Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki during the 58th TIFF. The exhibition is organized by Cedefop and curated by TIFF and Cedefop.
A selection of films of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale–“Imagined Homes” in TIFF’s >>Film Forward section
The >>Film Forward segment of the 58th TIFF presents 4 films of the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale, the thematic core of which is home as an imagined construct. Check out the films in TIFF’s program (Anamones by Andri Tsiouti, Michalis Charalambous, Giorgos Stylianou, Stefanos Papadas, Ethics of Survival by Walter Solon, Glow in the Dark by Stefanos Tsivopoulos and Riding My Tiger:Trilogi Jawa III by Ascan Breuer).
Cinema for All – Accessibility format screenings
Two accessibility format screenings of two classic and beloved Greek films will take place during the 58th TIFF: the hilarious James Bond parody film Thou-Vou Bald Agent, Operation Havoc (1969) directed by the legendary Greek actor Thanassis Vengos, as well as the compelling social drama The Match-making of Anna (1972) by the celebrated Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris. These films will be screened with audio description [AD] for the blind and visually impaired and SDH [Subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing] (curation and certification by the Movement of Artists with Disabilities). The event is part of TIFF’s initiative to share the magic of cinema with all viewers without exception for yet another year, via the accessibility improvements made in its venues and content in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Centre as accessibility sponsors and the Movement of Artists with Disabilities.
“The Lost Highway of Greek Cinema: Balconies A & B”
Two rare Greek films from the past will be screened in their original 35 mm copies, in collaboration with the Film Directors & Producers Association of Greece (ESPEK): Giorgos Stamboulopoulos’ Open Letter (1968) follows a young man on his tumultuous journey to personal maturity and awakening, while Costas Ferris’ Prometheus Second Person (1975) is a modern adaptation of Prometheus Bound that vividly explores the relations between spectacle, viewer and authority.
“Cinema Paradiso”
Friday November 10, 2017, 21:00, Thessaloniki Concert Hall
In collaboration with the TIFF and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of film music signed by Greek and Italian composers. The program features Sweet Suite-a tribute to Manos Hadjidakis by Nikos Kypourgos, based on film-music themes (Sweet Movie, Never on a Sunday, America America, etc) signed by the unforgettable Greek composer, as well as works by two iconic Italian composers, Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone (La Strada, The Godfather and La Dolce Vita, inter alia). Conductor: Gioele Muglialdo. Ticket prices: €15, €10, €5 (unemployment card holders, pupils, students, etc.) Pre-sale: TSSO Hall ‘S. Michaelides’ Concert Hall 73, Nikis Avenue, tel. +30 2310 236990.
Shedia Live!
Thursday November 9, 2017, 21:00, WE Cultural Space (Tritis Septemvriou & G. Lampraki)
Greek street paper ‘Shedia’ brings together Greek artists and bands (Yiannis Aggelakas, Baildsa, Dioni, Thrakomello, Dimitris Zervoudakis & Aide Psila Psila, One Drop Forward and Paranaue) that join their voices to raise awareness for a better society. The event is organized by Greek street paper ‘Shedia’ and WE, with the support of TIFF. Information & Tickets: WE, tel. +30 2310284700, Shedia, tel. +30 2313013605.
From Cinema to Theater and from Theater to Cinema
Tuesday November 7, 2017, various Festival venues
Cinema meets theater and vice versa, through five unexpected theatrical performances by the actors of the National Theatre of Northern Greece that will take place in the Festival's venues (13:00 at Warehouse C & Agora venues, 15:00 at the glass box in Aristotelous square, 17:45 at the Olympion theatre lobby, 19:00 at Warehouse C and 22:20 at Warehouse D).
Book presentations:
Secret Meetings by Dimitris Athanitis

Thursday November 9, 2017, 18:00, Takis Kanellopoulos theatre (Cinema Museum of Thessaloniki, Warehouse A, Port)
Greek filmmaker Dimitris Athanitis presents his first book that guides the reader through some unexpected journey meetings with well- and lesser-known people,  between Berlin and Athens from the 80s to the present day.
I remember... 32 years Greek Film Festival by Nikos Grosdanis
Sunday November 5, 2017, 11:30, Tonia Marketaki theatre (Warehouse D, Port)
From TIFF’s establishment in 1960 until its turning to international FF in 1992, TIFF’s 32-year-old history together with rare, unpublished photos unfolds in the book by journalist and author Nikos Grosdanis.

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