Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes: The films


Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes: The films


We have the pleasure to announce the 5 Greek films (Works in Progress) that will participate in this year’s edition of the “Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes” event which will take place online on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, during the Marché du Film of Festival de Cannes (June 22-26, 2020).


The participation of the Thessaloniki Film Festival’s Agora in the “Goes to Cannes” of this year’s online edition of Cannes’ Marché du Film, one of the world’s largest film markets discovering up-and-coming directors from all over the world, is a collaboration between the Thessaloniki IFF and the Greek Film Centre with the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes. Greece is the only country in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans that participates in the event.


Two Greek fiction feature films and three documentaries in post-production stage will be showcased to the sales agents, distributors and programmers who will attend this year’s online Cannes’ Marché du Film. The films are the following:



Direction: Yianna Americanou, Production: Monica Nicolaidou, Co-production: Effie Skrobola, Vassilis Tzanidis, Giorgos Kyriakos, Costas Lambropoulos, with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Cyprus – Greece, Fiction film


Young Dimitris, on the verge of manhood yet very much a child, has romanticized his soon-to-be-released from prison father to mythic proportions. But when his father’s true nature is on display, Dimitris' longings for a real family are suddenly in danger. Now, Dimitris must fight to grasp the reality of his dreams in time to escape the violence of them.



Direction: Stratis Chatzielenoudas. Production: Ioanna Petinaraki , Greece, Documentary

“Esperanto” means the “one who hopes”. A poetic essay on communication, language and the relationship between humans and birds. The protagonists are people who participate in a bird breeding club, whose members, mostly men, learn the bird language. They come from different backgrounds and corners of Greece and for a year they try to teach their darlings the most beautiful song and hopefully, to win the annual bird singing contest.


Green Sea

Direction: Angeliki Antoniou, Production: Lilette Botassi (Inkas Films), Angeliki Antoniou (Angeliki Antoniou Filmproduktion), Co-production: Jost Hering (Jost Hering Filme), with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Greece – Germany, Fiction film


Anna has lost her memory, but she hasn’t forgotten how to cook. One night she appears in a working-class neighbourhood by a Greek harbor. There she meets the unpredictable loner Roula and finds work and hospitality at his humble tavern. In the kitchen, amidst the scents of spices, and old forgotten recipes, she struggles to reconstruct her past. Her simple but delicious food awakens memories for the regulars who in turn help her to reconnect with herself. The story then takes an unexpected turn when Roula suddenly stumbles upon the Green Sea and discovers Anna’s true identity.


If it’s not OK it’s not the end

Direction – Production: Salvador Muñoz, Co-production: Raul Mora Jorquera, Producciones Minúsculas, Greece - Spain, Documentary

Thodoris Ritzakis is a Greek, three times boxing champion. He is in his mid-twenties, a university graduate in Finance and Statistics and a father of three. He juggles everything at the same time and dreams of a future as a coach. While making steps forward he reinvents himself in the boxing world and work on his relationship with his wife and kids. He believes everything is going to be ok. If it’s not ok it’s not the end.


Made in Vain

Direction Michael Klioumis, Production Louizos Aslanidis, Ekso Productions, Co-production Michael Klioumis, with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Greece, Documentary

Personal demons, ongoing struggle with the mirror, sacrifices, goals, bottled up feelings, hard training and hard diet shape the everyday life of Body Builders. Their fight to become professional Body Builders is endless and excruciating, the competition is big. All the months of heavy preparation for a contest lead to few moments on stage against the judges where they have to show the body they were building for so long. Some of them call it iron sport, others a lifestyle, others a vanity and to some others Body Building is a religion. But they all agree upon the fact that, once a bodybuilder, always a bodybuilder.


We are eager to host the Greek premieres of the films in the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival or in the 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.



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