59th TIFF: The Closing Ceremony

In a warm atmosphere, the curtain fell on the Thessaloniki International Film Festival with the awards ceremony that took place on Sunday November 11, 2018 at a packed Olympion theatre.

Shoplifters

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them… The last winner of the Cannes’ Palm d’Or is a gentle, invigorating revision of the definition of a family, through the distinctive penetrating gaze of the great Japanese filmmaker.

Women Who Passed my Way

Two unemployed men are hired to keep watch on a home in Athens, where a room is added illegally. Many people walk by through the front street. Some of them, pretending to be passers-by, are probably building inspectors or even labor inspectors, in an attempt to catch lawbreakers in the act. This street is a thoroughfare. Passers-by carry their own dreams, their own wounds, but they all share the same unquenchable need for intimacy, promised in any human contact. In the course of one day and one night, these two unemployed men become witnesses and actors in the drama and the lives of their fellow human beings.

Roma

Alfonso Cuarón follows the footsteps of a young domestic worker for a family in Mexico City’s middle-class Roma neighborhood.

Cold War

Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Les Pâtres du désordre

Thanos, a poor shepherd who has returned to Greece after spending time in Germany as an immigrant worker, kidnaps the daughter of a wealthy sheep farmer. Thus, the mechanism of fate is put into motion. Men of the Gendarmerie go up into the mountains in chase of the young couple with tragic results. Set in the time around Easter, the film uses an apparently melodramatic story as an allegory for Greek society during the military dictatorship

About Vassilis

A mature sociology professor going through a mid-life crisis resigns from his job, abandons his family and lives isolated in his country house. His only incentive for living is the faded face of an unknown girl in a photograph he had taken in the past and whom he now starts looking for.

The World is Yours

The last job of a drug dealer who dreams of retiring from the underworld goes south when his closest people get involved: his beloved woman, his former father-in-law who just got out of prison, and his high-maintenance mother. An exhilarating gangster movie – or perhaps parody of the genre – made by the greatest iconoclast of contemporary French cinema (and son of Costa-Gavras), who playfully alludes to the most important scene of De Palma’s Scarface already from the title of his film.

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