DAILY NEWS: Thessaloniki Lineup; and Latino Producers Conference
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Thessaloniki Gears Up with International Festival and Competition
(indieWIRE: 11.07.02) -- Greece's International Thessaloniki Film Festival
gets underway November 8th with Gurinder Chadha's "Bend it Like Beckam," kicking off a ten-day event that will feature over 160 films from southern
Europe and the Balkans as well as work from around the globe. Chada's
film captures the international feel of the event about an 18-year old
Punjabi Sikh living in London who aspires to play football (soccer)
against the will of her more traditional parents.
Additional international films will vie for the Goden and Silver Alexander
awards in the International Competition, which carry a 36,700 Euro and a
22,000 Euro prize. Sixteen films will compete in the section including
the Romanian love story "Occident" by Christian Mungui and the story of
spiritual renewal, "Japon" by Carlos Reygadas. Also competing for the
euros in the competition is Tribeca Film Festival winner "Roger Dodger"
by Dylan Kidd.
Among other films screening in the festival are sidebars highlighting
docs, Greek films and a special Asian Vision section. Thessaloniki will
host 35 films in its New Horizons section, which the festival deems as
its "newest, most daring trends in independent worldwide film production."
Some films making the 'cutting edge' cut are Larry Clark and Ed Lachman's
controversial Venice and Toronto festivals entry, "Ken Park." The film focuses on a group of wayward suburban California youths who act out
their disillusionment through graphic promiscuity and rebellion. Also
screening in the series is Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten"
and French director Claire Denis' "Friday Night."
Closing the festival November 17 is Todd Haynes' latest, "Far From
Heaven." In addition to the international film festival taking place
this month, Thessaloniki also hosts an annual documentary film festival,
which will run next year, March 1