Screening in the memory of Michel Dimopoulos: Orlando (1992) by Sally Potter

Thessaloniki International Film Festival is honoring the memory of Michel Dimopoulos hosting a screening that encompasses both his vision as the Festival’s Director and the invaluable legacy he left behind. The Festival is inviting the audience to the free-admission screening of the film Orlando by Sally Potter, recipient of the first Golden Alexander on the year of the Festival’s internationalization, with Michel Dimopoulos at the wheel, scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 9th, at 8pm, in Olympion theater.

Selected by Michel Dimopoulos for the first International Competition in the Festival’s history, Orlando is based on the titular novel by Virginia Woolf and intertwined the genre of period film with the element of the imaginary, contemporary gender issues and the subgenre of unorthodox comedy, unfolding a journey of love and adventure that runs through almost 400 years, starting from the early 17th century all the way to the end of the 20th. Tilda Swinton, in one her prime iconic roles, wanders in the paths of time, changing sex, status and identity, while seeking the deeper meaning and the underlying truth of life and human existence.

Orlando had swept the awards at the 1992 TIFF, winning the Golden Alexander, the FIPRESCI Award, the Artistic Contribution Award, as well as the Best Actress Award for Tilda Swinton. The movie went on to receive Oscar nominations for Best Production Design and Best Costumes.

This special screening, which will be carried out in the presence of some of Michel’s most beloved friends, the audience will be welcomed by Elise Jalladeau, the Festival’s General Director, Orestis Andreadakis, the Festival’s Artistic Director, and the Spyros Vougias, transport planner, emeritus professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and board member of the Festival, who will lay down the ways in which Michel’s vision changed the course of the Festival.

Admission is free. The audience can issue zero-price tickets at the Festival’s counters on the day of the screening (Tuesday May 9th 2023, 8pm, Olympion)


(UK-France-Italy-The Netherlands-Russia, 1992)

Director-Scriptwriter: Sally Potter. Starring: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, John Wood, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville. Colored, 92΄.

Young nobleman Orlando, a protégé of Queen Elizabeth I, falls in love with a Russian princess. When she abandons him, he follows his “manhood” destiny and becomes an ambassador in Central Asia. Refusing to kill or to be killed in the war, he changes his sex and returns as a woman in the high-end life of the 18th century London, faced with a dilemma: either to marry or lose everything. In the oppressive Victorian era, Orlando meets the man of her dreams, but ends up losing both the dream of love and her fortune. She finally turns up in the end of the noisy, speedy and alienated 20th century ready to lose everything so as to discover her true self.

The movie’s trailer:

OLYMPION theater: Tuesday 9/5 - 20:00 (free admission with the issuance of a zero-price ticket)

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