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“Family Ties” and “On a Friday Afternoon” Among 47th Thessaloniki Festival Winners

"Family Ties" and "On a Friday Afternoon" Among 47th Thessaloniki Festival Winners

South Korean film “Family Ties” (Gajokeui Tansaeng) by Kim Tae-yong won the Golden Alexander for best feature film at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece Sunday, concluding the fest, which ran November 17-26. The prize includes 37,000 euros. Iranian Mona Zandi Haghighi‘s “On a Friday Afternoon” (Asre Jomeh) won the Silver Alexander, and Polish filmmaker Slawomir Fabicki took best director for “Retrieval” (Z Oszysku). The film’s star, Antoni Pawlicki won best actor for his role, while best actress went to the ensemble cast of “Family Ties.” Additionally, “Family Ties” shared the best screenplay award with “Suely in the Sky” (O Ceu De Suely, Brazil/Germany/Portugal/France). “Suely,” by Karim Ainouz, also took this year’s FIPRESCI prize. Extended coverage from this year’s Thessaloniki will be published in indieWIRE later today. [Brian Brooks]

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