THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL
Celebrating Greek cinema with “Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes”
The third edition of the “Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes” event took place in a celebratory mood on Monday, May 20th 2019, during the Marché du Film of the 72nd Festival de Cannes (May 14-25, 2019).
In a full hall of Palais des Festival de Cannes 5 Greek fiction feature films were showcased to sales agents, journalists from all over the world, distributors and programmers who attended this year’s Cannes’ Marché du Film.
The attendees had the chance to discuss the projects with directors and producers at a cocktail event at the Pavilion of the Greek Film Centre. “Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes” programme closed with a party, with a dj-set by The Boy.
The participation of Thessaloniki Film Festival in this year’s edition of Cannes’ Marché du Film, one of the world’s largest film markets discovering up-and-coming directors from all over the world, was 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 participated in the event.
The 5 films will be ready to launch in the festival circuit during the summer and are the following:
Apples, Director: Christos Nikou, Producers: Hercules Mavroides, Angelo Venetis, Nikos Smpiliris (executive producer), Boo Productions, Co-production: Mariusz Włodarski, LAVA Films, with the support of the Greek Film Centre, Polish Film Institute and ERT S.A., 90’, Greece, Poland
Logline: Could it be that we are the things we don’t forget?
Defunct, Director: Zacharias Mavroeidis, Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Kostas Kefalas, Faliro House, with the support of the Greek Film Centre and ERT S.A., 90’, Greece
Logline: A 30-something failed businessman moves into his grandfather's house, a defunct WW2 veteran. His quest to live up to his legacy will redefine both the family hero and himself.
The Man with the Answers, Director: Stelios Kammitsis, Producers: Vicky Miha, Fenia Cossovitsa, Luca Legnani and Stelios Kammitsis, Production Companies: asterisk*, Blonde, 9.99 Films, Felony, With the support of Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Greek Film Centre, Apulia Film Commission, ERT, Creative Europe MEDIA Program, IDM Südtirol, 85’, Cyprus, Greece, Italy
Logline: After the death of his grandmother, Victor, a Greek ex-diving champion in his 20s, starts a spontaneous road trip from his Greek hometown. On the boat to Italy, he meets Matthias, a charming German drifter. Both head to Bavaria, each for their own reasons, both seeking for answers, each to their own questions.
Persephone, Director | Producer: Costas Athousakis, Production Company: Sisyphus Projects, with the support of the Greek Film Centre and ERT, 90’, Greece
Logline: What would you do in the sight of world’s first sunrise... would you close your eyes and let it go?
Winona, Director: The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris), Producer: Eleni Bertes, Logline, Associate Producers: Michalis Sarantinos, Maria Kontogianni, Steficon, 88’, Greece
Logline: It appears like an ordinary outing to a beautiful beach: four young women - none of which is ‘Winona’ - enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. What secret hides behind their games and stories?
Aegean Airlines, Thessaloniki Film Festival’s official Air Travel Sponsor, offer the air tickets (Athens – Nice) to the representatives of the films.
We are eager to host the Greek premieres of the films in the anniversary 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, October 31st – November 10th 2019.
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We also wish to express our thanks for the support we received by Olive Greek restaurant in Cannes