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.

Girl

Fifteen-year-old Lara is determined to become a professional ballerina and tries by any means necessary to overcome different obstacles: the harsh, antagonistic world of classic dance, the insecurity of adolescence, and –most of all– the fact that she was born a boy. Having the unconditional support of her father and defying the derogatory gaze of the crowd, she walks dancing towards the impossible. In this free adaptation of the real story of a transgender who demolished all stereotypes around sex and gender, ballet’s discipline becomes a metaphor for the specific weight of all bodies that matter.

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.

Beast

In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to break the bonds with her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of. A brave film that creates a complex relationship between the character and the audience, a dark and dramatic fairytale for grown-ups.

Petra

Petra grew up without knowing the identity of her father. When her mother dies, she embarks on a quest which leads to Jaume, a famous painter with a ruthless character. As she meets the satellites of this mysterious figure, namely his wife and son, and gets lost in a labyrinth of family secrets, fate intervenes to redeem this tormented souls. A film that, in the words of its director, echoes Aristotle: “Everything must be surprising and necessary, not only in life, but also in its imitation.

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