Thessaloniki International Film Festival
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become one of the Southeast Europe's primary showcases for the work of new and emerging filmmakers. The event features the International Section, a panorama of Greek films, the New Horizons program, the Balkan Survey, numerous retrospectives and tributes to leading figures in the world of film; the Festival is competitive with the International Section jury awarding several prizes each year, most notably the "Golden Alexander" for Best Feature-Length Film. The last event was the 59th TIFF and took place from Nov 1st to Nov 11th 2018. Since 1992, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival has striven to present the most innovative independent films from around the world. Components of the Festival include: The International Competition section consists of new directors' first or second films; the non-competitive panorama of Greek films, an overview of the recent local production is followed by the presentation of the State Film Awards by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The Independence Days non-competitive section is the cutting-edge showcase for the latest trends in independent film production. The Balkan Survey, created in 1994, stands as a unique program which offers audiences a window on the cinema of this region of the world. In March 2016, French film producer Élise Jalladeau was appointed as director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In May 2016, film critic Orestis Andreadakis was named artistic director. Cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis serves as president of the TIFF Board. Retrospectives and tributes look at both historic masters, emerging artists. Since 1993, numerous directors have been represented in the retrospective/tribute programs, including: In addition to the rich film offerings, the Festival hosts panels and other artistic events such as: The Nam June Paik Video & Television Art exhibition The Strange Objects of Desire of David Cronenberg Ingrid Caven's concert Paintings & Collages by Sergei Paradjanov Periplanissis Photo Exhibit by Josef Koudelka "Peter Greenaway's Paintings, Drawings & Collages" exhibit Jazz master Gato Barbieri in concertOver the last five years the Festival has spotlighted significant, leading directors and promoted the work of emerging young filmmakers from all over the world.
The first period of Thessaloniki Film Festival starts in 1960 and finished in 1991. During this period the festival showed Greek films; the festival was first held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema". From 1965 to 1991 the festival was named "Festival of Greek Cinema". During these years the festival passed through various phases; the first years the festival was an important social event with flashy appearances of local showbiz stars. During the military junta, censorship made its appearance. During the Metapolitefsi the new generation of Greek directors dominated the awards, but at the same time the festival became politicized and two opposing groups of spectators appeared; the tension between these two groups reached a peak in 1977, when the festival split in two different festivals. The split lasted only one year. During the 80s the importance of the festival declined until in 1992, when it was decided to upgrade the event to an international film festival. In 1992 the festival became an international film festival, acknowledged by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
The Greek movies competed in a different section of the festival with the name Greek State Film Awards, until 2008. Nowadays Thessaloniki International Film Festival is an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world. For ten days in mid-November, audiences numbering 70,000, as well as hundreds of Greek and foreign Festival guests, attend screenings of more than 150 films in the city's cinemas. Thessaloniki Video Dance Festival Thessaloniki Documentary Festival List of film festivals Greek Film Critics Association Awards Greek State Film Awards Thessaloniki International Film Festival - official website Photos - Thessaloniki International Film Festival Flickr Group's Pool
Thanasis Veggos was a Greek actor and director born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus. He performed in around 130 films, predominantly comedies in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, starring in more than 50 among them, he is considered one of the best Greek comedy actors of all time. His famous comedic catchphrase was "Καλέ µου άνθρωπε". Veggos was the only son of a power station employee who had fought with the Greek Resistance in World War II. Vassilis Veggos played an important part in the defense of the Piraeus power station when the Germans attempted to destroy it before departing in 1944, but because of this was dismissed from his job in the post-war purge of leftists. Veggos himself was a member of EPON, the youth branch of the left-wing resistance movement EAM/ELAS, so served his compulsory military service as an inmate on the notorious prison island Makronisos from 1948 to 1950. On Makronisos he met film director Nikos Koundouros, exiled there. Veggos' first appearance in a film was in Windfall in Athens, produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis, which premiered in Athens as Kiriakatiko Xsipnima on 11 January 1954.
Nikos Koundouros gave him a role in Magiki polis in 1955. His first major role was in Psila ta heria Hitler, 1962. and continued many more films. For his acting in What did you do in the war, Thanasi?, the public of Thessaloniki °apotheosized° him and the movie won three awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. He played everyman characters struggling to get by, but he has played anti-heroes, he has acted in pure dramas, on stage in the comedies of Aristophanes, his characters were self-named "Thanasis". He worked with directors Panos Glykofridis and Giorgos Lazaridis. In 1995, Theo Angelopoulos cast Veggos and American actor Harvey Keitel in "Ulysses Gaze". In 1997, in the role of Dikaiopoli he appeared in a live performance at the ancient Epidaurus theatre. In 2000, he survived a car accident involving a collision with a train, he participated in advertisements promoting road safety. A documentary of his life, whose title translates as A Man for All Seasons, was made in 2004, he always did his own stunts including the most dangerous ones, like hanging from a rope tied to a balcony fifty feet above a pavement without anything to break his fall, walking through a glass door, or falling down a stone staircase head first.
During the "Golden Sixties" of the Greek film industry he made his most popular comedy films such as the sequel of Secret Agent 000, Enas trellos Vengos and many others with surrealist humor, most of them by his own company Θ-Β Comedies which founded in 1964. In 2008, Veggos was appointed Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias. On 3 May 2011, he died at 7:10 a.m. He had been hospitalized at the Red Cross hospital, in Athens, since 18 December 2010, he is survived by two sons. He will always be remembered in the more than 120 films and more recent documentaries that he starred in; the phrase "τρέχει σαν το Βέγγο" has been adopted into common usage in the Greek language since nobody has run more or faster than Veggos in his many slapstick comedies. Kiriakatiko Xsipnima, Windfall in Athens Magiki Polis, Magic City Katadikasmeni ki apo to paidi tis, Condemned by her child O Drakos, The dragon To koritsi me ta mavra, A Girl in Black Echei theio to koritsi, The girl has an uncle To koritsi me ta paramythia, Fairytale girl Maria i Pentagiotissa, Maria the Pentagiotissa I ftocheia thelei kaloperasi, Having a good time in poverty To eispraktoraki, The little money collector Diakopes stin Aigina, Holidays in Aegina Oi kavgatzides, The brawlers Mono gia mia nychta, Only for one night Haroumenoi alites, Happy streetboys Kathe empodio se kalo, Each obstacle is for good O Mimikos kai Mairi and Mairy To koritsi tis amartias, The girl of sin O Karagiozis, Mr. Punch Gamilies Peripeteies, Nuptial Adventures I mousitsa, The cunning jade Anthismeni amigdalia, Blooming almond tree Ena nero Kyra Vaggelio, Gimme some water Kyra Vaggelio O Ilias tou 16ou, Ilias of 16th precinct Gia to psomi kai ton erota, For the bread and love Oi dosatzides, The tallymen Enas Ellinas sto Parisi, A Greek in Paris To agorokoritso, The tomboy O theios apo ton Kanada, The uncle from Canada To rantevou tis Kyriakis, The Sunday appointment Ta dervisopaida, The dervish boys To klotsoskoufi, The plaything Madalena, Madalena Pothoi sta stachya, Desires in the hay Erotika paichnidia, Erotic games Pote tin Kyriaki, Never on a Sunday Oikogeneia Papadopoulou, The Papadopoulos family O Mitros ki o Mitrousis stin Athina and Mitrousis in Athens Tyflos Aggelos, Blind Angel I avgi tou thriamvou, The dawn of triumph Oi enniakosioi tis Marinas, The nine hundred of Marina Gia sena tin agapi mou, For you my love Mia tou klefti, Once a thief Horis mitera, Without a mother Poios tha krinei tin koinonia.
Diavolou kaltsa, Cunning woman I katara tis manas, The mothers curse Hamena oneira, Lost dreams Ziteitai pseftis, Lier wanted Lathos ston erota, Fault in love I myrtia, The myrtle Diamado, Diamado Eftychos trelathika, Fortunately I went nuts Poia einai i Margarita. Liza ki i alli, Liza and
Aliki Stamatina Vougiouklaki was a Greek actress, best known for her films and theatrical plays, theatrical producer. She was one of the most popular actresses in Greece, was given the title of the National Star of Greece. Theatrically she has created renditions of known Broadway musicals as well as Greek tragedy plays, she died after fighting pancreatic cancer at the age of 62. Vougiouklaki was born in Marousi. Daughter of Emmy Koumoundourou and Ioannis Vougiouklakis, the provincial governor of Arcadia in the Peloponnese during the war and was executed by the resistance organization ELAS as a collaborator, she had Takis Vougiouklakis and Antonis. As a student, she used to participate in school plays which led her to an acting career. In 1952, she secretly auditioned for National Theatre of Greece, passed the exams and started attending the classes, she graduated 3 years with Very Good, after receiving Very Good by just one teacher of hers, when the rest of them gave her an Excellent. Her first theatrical role was in The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, in 1953, while her first movie was in 1954, called The Little Mouse.
She appeared in 42 movies musicals, television programs and theatre productions. She co-starred with Dimitris Papamichail in a number of theatrical plays, she received the prize for lead woman's role at the inaugural Greek Cinema Festival in Thessaloniki in 1960 for her starring role in Mantalena, while the movie Ipolochagos Natassa. is the biggest box office success in Greek Cinema. The following two belong to her. In 1961 she presented successful theatrical plays. In 1962 she was contracted to star in Finos Films' English language film My love, it premiered in London in June 1963, June 1963 in New York, in Athens in 1964. It didn't receive the expected success; this failure to break it internationally was the reason she never again attempted an "international movie star" career. She was popularly known in press as National Star of Greece - a term first coined by journalist Eleni Vlahou in 1959, her last movie was "Nelly, The Spy", in 1981. The decline of Greek Cinema lead her into concentrating on her theatrical career, establishing 53 plays.
In 1975 she brought on stage large scale musicals, which changed the usual Greek style of theatrical musical. In 2008, her son published a biography of Vougiouklaki, Eho Ena Mistiko, the title of a song she sang in"Maidens' Cheeks; that same year, a television series was broadcast based on the book, aired on Alpha TV channel. Vougiouklaki married her co-student in National Theater and co-player, Dimitris Papamichail, on January 18, 1965. On June 4, 1969, she gave birth to their child, Yiannis Papamichail; the couple got divorced in 1975, due to "Irreconcilable Differences". In 1992 in an interview with Nikos Hadjinikolaou, Vougiouklaki revealed that she secretly married Giorgos Iliadis, a Greek Cypriot businessman, on January 25, 1982, in Athens, they had met in 1976. The couple got a divorce only a couple of months due to Iliadi's personal reasons, which Vougiouklaki respected. In April 1996, while on tour in Thessaloniki performing "The Sound of Music", Vougiouklaki had severe stomachaches, which she believed were caused by the antibiotics she took due to the bronchitis, bothering her.
After performing tests at the Express Service, a medical diagnostic center in Thessaloniki, she was diagnosed with hepatoma, a malignant tumor in her liver. Not having realized the gravity of the situation, she continued performing for another week before the tour was canceled, with her last performance onstage being on April 28. In Athens, a group of three professor doctors discovered. On May 7, she traveled to Munich, where she underwent a series of additional tests during the three days she stayed there. On May 10, Vougiouklaki returned to Greece. On May 15, she made her last trip to Massachusetts General Hospital in the U. S. in a final effort to be cured. On May 19, she returned permanently to Athens and on May 22 entered the Athens Medical Center. On July 14 she had no communication with those around her. After two months of hospitalization, Vougiouklaki died on July 23, 1996 at 10:15 in Athens Medical Center, her funeral was held in Athens Cathedral on July 25, 1996 and she was buried in the First Cemetery of Athens.
Chtipokardia sto thranio was shot in Greek and Turkish, with two different crews. Vougiouklaki starred in both versions, with her voice being dubbed in the Turkish version, Siralardaki heyecanlar; the film, Ipolochagos Natassa sold 751,000 tickets in Athens, which made it the most successful film in Greece, a record held for three decades before being broken by Safe Sex. She worked with writer Willy Russell when she performed in Shirley Valentine onstage in 1989. Scottish writer Ali Smith used a portrait of Vougiouklaki in her book Artful about four lectures given at Oxford University by the writer. Aliki Vougiouklaki on IMDb Aliki Vougiouklaki profile, Cine.gr
Despoina "Despo" Diamantidou was a Greek actress. She appeared in more than seventy films from 1949 to 2003. Despo Diamantidou on IMDb Despo Diamantidou at Find a Grave
1961 Cannes Film Festival
The 14th Cannes Film Festival was held from 3 to 18 May 1961. The Palme d'Or went to the Une aussi longue absence, directed by Henri Colpi and Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel; the festival opened with Che gioia vivere, directed by René Clément. The festival screened Shirley Clarke's debut film The Connection due to the efforts of the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics; the success of the film caused the festival to create International Critics' Week the following year. The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1961 competition:Feature films Jean Giono Jury President Sergei Yutkevich Vice President Pedro Armendáriz Luigi Chiarini Tonino Delli Colli Claude Mauriac Edouard Molinaro Jean Paulhan Raoul Ploquin Liselotte Pulver Fred Zinnemann Short films Ion Popescu-Gopo Pierre Prévert Jurgen Schildt Jean Vidal Jean Vivie The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or: The following film was selected to be screened out of competition: Exodus by Otto Preminger The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or: The following films and people received the 1961 awards: Palme d'Or: The Long Absence by Henri Colpi Viridiana by Luis Buñuel Prix spécial du Jury: Mother Joan of the Angels by Jerzy Kawalerowicz Best Director: Yuliya Solntseva for Chronicle of Flaming Years Best Actress: Sophia Loren for Two Women Best Actor: Anthony Perkins for Goodbye AgainShort films Short Film Palme d'Or: La Petite Cuillère by Carlos Vilardebó Jury Prize - Best Short Film: Párbaj by Gyula Macskássy Short film Technical Prize - Special mention: Folkwangschulen by Herbert Vesely & Fuego en Castilla by José Val del Omar FIPRESCI FIPRESCI Prize: The Hand in the Trap by Leopoldo Torre NilssonCommission Supérieure Technique Technical Grand Prize - Feature film Special Mention: Her Brother by Kon Ichikawa Chronicle of Flaming Years by Yuliya SolntsevaOCIC Award Hoodlum Priest by Irvin KershnerOther awards Gary Cooper Award: A Raisin in the Sun by Daniel Petrie Institut National de l'Audiovisuel: Opening of the 1961 festival INA: Eventful climbing of the steps at the 1961 Cannes Festival INA: Sidney Poitier on the question of race 1961 Cannes Film Festival Official website Retrospective 1961 Cannes Film Festival:1961 at Internet Movie Database