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THESSALONIKI 2021

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is coming home

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- The most important Greek film gathering is returning to its physical locations and will also launch its 62nd edition online, showcasing almost 200 films

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is coming home
Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

The 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) will run from 5-14 November, both in its usual physical locations, screening almost 200 films, and on its digital platform, where 144 titles will be featured. The festival will open with Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion winner, Happening [+see also:
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(France), and will wrap with another French title, Paris, 13th District [+see also:
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by Jacques Audiard.

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For the first time, TIFF will host three competition sections, while the number of awards is also being increased. The 14 films selected in the international competition, three of which are Greek, are feature debuts or sophomore films, and will be setting their sights on the Golden Alexander. The selection includes The Box by Lorenzo Vigas (Mexico/USA), Clara Sola [+see also:
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by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén (Sweden/Costa Rica/Belgium/Germany/USA), Holy Emy [+see also:
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interview: Araceli Lemos
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by Araceli Lemos (Greece/France/USA), Moneyboys [+see also:
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interview: CB Yi
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by CB Yi (Austria/France/Taiwan/Belgium), Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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interview: Jacqueline Lentzou
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by Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece/France), Mother Lode [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Tortone
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by Matteo Tortone (France/Italy/Switzerland), Pack of Sheep [+see also:
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by Dimitris Kanellopoulos (Greece/Serbia/Albania), Pilgrims [+see also:
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interview: Laurynas Bareisa
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by Laurynas Bareiša (Lithuania), The Rust [+see also:
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by Juan Sebastián Mesa (Colombia/France), Silent Land [+see also:
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interview: Aga Woszczyńska
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by Aga Woszczyńska (Poland/Italy/Czech Republic), Softie [+see also:
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interview: Samuel Theis
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by Samuel Theis (France), True Things [+see also:
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interview: Harry Wootliff
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by Harry Wootliff (UK), What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Koberidze
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by Alexandre Koberidze (Germany/Georgia) and White Building [+see also:
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by Kavich Neang (Cambodia/France/China/Qatar).

For the third consecutive year, the Meet the Neighbours competition is welcoming 12 films from Southeast Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, with three of them hailing from Greece. The pictures at this edition are .Dog [+see also:
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by Yianna Americanou (Cyprus/Greece), 18 by Vassilis Douvlis (Greece), Bebia, à mon seul désir [+see also:
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interview: Juja Dobrachkous
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by Juja Dobrachkous (Georgia/UK), Costa Brava, Lebanon [+see also:
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by Mounia Akl (Lebanon/France/Spain/Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Qatar), Death of a Virgin and the Sin of Not Living by George Peter Barbari (Lebanon), Erasing Frank [+see also:
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interview: Gábor Fabricius
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by Gábor Fabricius (Hungary), Feathers [+see also:
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by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt/France/Netherlands/Greece), The Man With the Answers by Stelios Kammitsis (Cyprus/Greece/Italy), Small Body [+see also:
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interview: Laura Samani
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by Laura Samani (Italy/France/Slovenia), Souad [+see also:
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by Ayten Amin (Egypt/Tunisia/Germany), The Tale of King Crab [+see also:
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interview: Alessio Rigo de Righi and M…
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by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis (Italy/France/Argentina), and Vera Dreams of the Sea [+see also:
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by Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo/North Macedonia/Albania).

The >>Film Forward section, which has always been much revered by film lovers, has been levelled up to competition status, showcasing films that think outside the box. A total of 11 movies are taking part in the section, including three Greek efforts. The selection includes Aleph [+see also:
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by Iva Radivojevic (USA/Croatia/Qatar), Atlantide [+see also:
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interview: Yuri Ancarani
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by Yuri Ancarani (Italy/France/USA/Qatar), The Day Today [+see also:
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by Maxence Stamatiadis (France), Detours [+see also:
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by Ekaterina Selenkina (Russia/Netherlands), Gritt [+see also:
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interview: Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
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by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen (Norway), Magnetic Fields [+see also:
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by Yorgos Goussis (Greece), Mighty Flash [+see also:
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by Ainhoa Rodríguez (Spain), ORFEAS2021 by FYTA (Greece), Superior by Erin Vassilopoulos (USA), The Timekeepers of Eternity by Aristotelis Maragkos (Greece/UK), and We’re All Going to the World’s Fair by Jane Schoenbrun (USA).

For the Greek Film Festival of the 62nd TIFF, established and first-time filmmakers will be competing in the First Run and Crossing Borders sections. In addition to nine titles that are also partaking in the competitive sections, First Run comprises Echoes of the Past by Nicholas Dimitropoulos, Luger by Kostas Haralambous, Musa by Nikos Nikolopoulos, Patchwork [+see also:
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by Petros Charalambous (Cyprus/Israel/Slovenia), REM Rapid Eye Movement by Karolos Zonaras, Saison Morte by Thanassis Totsikas, She New It All by Takis Papanastasiou, and Sick by The Callas/Lakis Ionas and Aris Ionas.

A large-scale tribute to editing, entitled “In the Cut: Editing and its Secrets”, will welcome nine top-notch editors from Greece and abroad who will share their experience in master classes and workshops. They will also have a carte blanche to select films that they consider iconic within the art of editing or which have been influential on their careers. Sixteen Greek-language and English-language podcasts will take part in the Podcast competition section of the festival, while the audience will have a chance to enjoy another ten podcasts out of competition. Finally, TIFF will pay tribute to Bulgarian filmmaker Binka Zhelyazkova (see the news).

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