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Main Selection

1.  F.L.S. / Thanos Tsavlis, Greece
2.  Girl with Big Eyes / Alexis Tsafas, Greece-Cape Verde
3.  J.A.C.E. / Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Greece-Portugal-Turkey-FYROM-The Netherlands
4.  Magic Hour / Costas Kapakas, Greece
5.  Man at Sea / Constantine Giannaris, Greece
6.  Paradise / Panayotis Fafoutis, Greece
7.  Sotiria / Iason Tzavellas, Greece-Cyprus
8.  Super Demetrios / Georgios Papaioannou, Greece
9.  The City of Children / Yorgos Gikapeppas, Greece
10.  Unfair World / Filippos Tsitos, Greece-Germany
11.  Venus in the Garden / Telémachos Alexiou, Greece-Germany

In times when uncertainty and anxiety cast a shadow over our daily survival and supplant any attempt towards creativity and artistic expression, the art of cinema may seem like a needless luxury that has no place or reason to exist in a world in “crisis”.
Overturning conventions and in the face of prevailing conditions, Greek filmmakers – faithful to their passion and vision – insist on reminding us that the art of cinema has rare powers: to overcome difficulties and obstacles by stimulating our minds, by providing food for thought, by raising awareness; to remain unconventional by revealing uncomfortable truths; to engender emotions, dreams and hopes, affirming once again that cinema is not a luxury but a necessity – a means of expression and survival.
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival, through its continued presence, identifieswith the artistic ferment of the Greek film community and goes one step further than simply screening new Greek films. Thanks to a series of coordinated strategic actions, the films screened as part of the 52nd Film Festival will be shown to audiences in the Festival’s regular venues, and to film professionals at the newly-established Market Screenings, with an aim to promote Greek films in Greece and abroad to the highest possible degree. Similarly orientated, the Agora’s development actions – Crossroads and Works in Progress – are continuing their successful course, which has established them as necessary tools for Greek filmmakers in their arduous journey towards the realization of their films.
A new section has been created as part of the Greek Films 2001 program, which involves Greek co-productions. Films thatweremade by Greeks in collaborationwith foreign co-producers and crews, affirming the viewthat, having crossed its national borders, Greek cinema is carving a niche in the international filmscene and is continuing to lay claim, steadily and dynamically, to a constructive and indispensable international synergy.
At the same time, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival chose this year to present a special tribute of particular artistic and semantic value. A retrospective of the cinematic trajectory followed by Cosntantine Giannaris, a filmmaker who contributed decisively to changing the landscape of modern Greek cinema; a director who does not hesitate to experiment with the medium of film or to tackle – in the most disarming way – difficult human and social issues; an auteur who transcends introversion, making personal films that concern and touch sensitive chords in us all. With a distinctive style that succeeds in combining harshness with deep sensitivity and never ceases to surprise – from the experimental videos of his early years to his latest film, Man at Sea, which will be screened for the first time after being re-edited by Giannaris himself. The tribute will be rounded off by the screening of never-before-seen footage on film and video, which Giannaris shot in the eighties and nineties, during his artistic peregrinations and quests through the city and around the world. The footage was digitalized and edited by the director himself.
Relying on the power of the people who continue to love and fight for Greek cinema, the Thessaloniki Film Festival invites you to enjoy their new cinematic journeys.

Eleni Androutsopoulou

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