With less than ten days to go before the 50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicks off, the festival has announced its full slate of 240 films, as well as its seven member jury to judge the fest's international competition. Theo Angelopoulos will head a jury that will eventually give 40,000 Euros to the competition's winner, with a second prize of 25,000 Euros also awarded. Lissy Belaiche, Mirjana Karanovic, Eugenio Caballero, Lav Diaz, Gyorgi Palfi, Amos Poe will join Angelopoulos.
The festival is set to open with Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen" next Friday, November 13th, and will close with Alain Resnais's "Wild Grass." In between will see an international program including Claudia Llosa's "Milk of Sorrow" and Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother," both screening out of competition, and David Lowery's "St. Nick," Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's "Ajami," Kyriakos Katzourakis's "Small Change," Samantha Morton's "The Unloved," Julia Solomonoff's "The Last Summer Of La Boyita," Rigoberto Perezcano's "Northless," Viktor Oszkar Nagy's "Father's Acre,"Ahmad Abdalla's "Heliopolis," Calin Netzer's "Medal of Honor," Susanne Schneider's "The Day Will Come," Seo Lee's "Missing Person," Ralston Jover's "Children Metal Divers," Philippe Van Leeuw's "The Day God Walked Away," Jorge Navas's "Blood and Rain," and Stavros Ioannou's "Dancing on Ice," all of which will compete for the jury's prize.
Other highlights include a series of special screenings that include Fanny Armstrong's "The Age of Stupid," Jon Amiel's "Creation," Marc Webb's "500 Days of Summer," Michael Moore's "Capitalism a Love Story," Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove," Sherry Hormann's "Desert Flower," Jacques Rivette's "Around a Small Mountain," and Patrice Chereau's "Persecution."
Werner Herzog will be present for a retrospective on his work, with dozens of films screening from 1968's "Signs of Life" to 1999's "Lord and the Laden," while a special program, "Young Americans," will highlight work from up and coming U.S. directors. Selections include Andrew Bujalski's "Beeswax," Joe Swanberg's "Alexander the Last," Benny and Josh Safdie's "Go Get Some Rosemary," Damien Chazelle's "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," Bradley Rust Gray's "The Exploding Girl," and So Yong Kim's "Treeless Mountain."
The festival will run November 13-22, 2009 in Thessaloniki, Greece. For a full list of films screening, check out the festival's website.