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Cinémathèque

1.  Caravaggio / Derek Jarman, UK
2.  Egon Schiele – Excess / Herbert Vesely, Leo Tichat, West Germany-France-Austria
3.  Guernica / Alain Resnais, France
4.  Paul Gaugin / Alain Resnais, France
5.  Picasso / Luciano Emmer, Italy
6.  Pirosmani / Giorgi Shengelaya, Soviet Union
7.  Toulouse-Lautrec / Robert Hessens, France
8.  Van Gogh / Alain Resnais, France

Opening of the Thessaloniki Cinémathèque
The cinematic life of painting


The festival is happy to announce an initiative of great importance for the cultural life of Thessaloniki: the establishment of the Thessaloniki Cinémathèque.The Cinémathèque, which aspires to become the ideal venue for the promotion of the new aesthetic waves in world cinema, will screen film classics as well as contemporary works and retrospectives, and will host lectures and open discussions which will address the practice of filmmaking in a comprehensive way. The Thessaloniki Cinémathèque, which will be housed in Thessaloniki’s Film Museum, will have its official opening during the 53rd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, with a screening of Derek Jarman’s film Caravaggio, in Pavlos Zannas theater, and will begin its annual activity with a special tribute entitled “The cinematic life of painting”. The profound beauty of the filmic image lies in the way the light is diffused within the frame. Thus, what defines a film shot’s artistic value is directly and historically linked to the art of painting. From silent films to contemporary cinema, cinema has never ceased to draw on this inexhaustible source of inspiration, transmuting the still and timeless life of paintings into the magic of the moving picture. That is why it is so exciting when cinema tackles great painters “head on,” delving into their lives, their era and, above all, their art. It is as if the two pre-eminently visual arts (the older and the newer one) are standing across from each other, but at the same time within each other, seeking a common ground on which the static paintings will interact with the moving pictures.
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