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iPOP at the 44th International Thessaloniki Film Festival

iPOP at the 44th International Thessaloniki Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Greece's biggest film event, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival took place in the northern port city of Thessaloniki from November 21-30. The festival hosted international filmmakers who received retrospectives and tributes including Canadian Michael Snow. Also in the ancient city was Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi who served on the international competition jury. Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet also traveled to Greece for the fest, as well as actress Tamila Koulieva. Also caught on iPOP was the festival's New Horizons director Dimitri Eipides, who played a terrific host to filmmakers and journalists attending the event.




Many public screenings and much of the social whirl at the 44th Thessaloniki International Film Festival took place at the opulent Olympian Theatre in Aristotelous Square in the heart of city.


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Iranian director Jafar Panahi pictured with Dimitri Eipides, director of the festival's New Horizons section after the director's press conference. Panahi also served on the international competition jury during the fest and was a favorite among attendees.


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Celebrated Canadian contemporary artist Michael Snow at the festival HQ almost made it into the elevator without a camera being pointed at him...just almost. The festival held a retrospective and tribute to the director screening films throughout his career.


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Velvet ropes and overzealous interns taking control were a missing feature in Thessaloniki. Crowds just pushed, shoved, and yelled in their finest Greek, including everyone, from young children to arm-wailing grandmothers, in order to get into screenings. This mob shoved their way into the awards ceremony.


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Outside the crowded auditorium following the awards presentation, Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet poses with his wife Katayoune Beglari Scarlet who writes for the Voice of America.


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Iranian director Ali Reza Amini at the Olympian following his win for best artistic achievement for his film "Danehaye Rize Barf" (Tiny Snowflakes).


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Dimitri Eipides, New Horizons director, hosted an "ouzo," or luncheon earlier in the festival for visiting filmmakers and journalists at a charming restaurant tucked away on a narrow street in Thessaloniki. Gatherers feasted on Greek food, wine, ouzo, and lively chit-chat that lasting well into the afternoon.


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Although its Greece, temperatures were still a bit on the chilly side. The climate is cooler in Thessaloniki, located in the north of the country, and the skies were often overcast and drizzly throughout the event. This picture of the waterfront was an exception. The area teems late at night with people cruising in their cars and on foot carousing through the ample cafes that remain open until the wee hours.


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Filmmaker Magazine and Sundance Channel's Peter Bowan on board the Sophia Star cruising around Thessaloniki harbor. The sail was hosted by the Greek Film Directors' Association and the Greek Film and Television Technicians' Union and sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Kodak. Invitees ate, drank, danced, and rocked a bit in the choppy seas.


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