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The Thessaloniki film fest starts today

14 November 2008 / 13:11:34  GRReporter
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The Thessaloniki film festival remains true to the tradition in its 49 consecutive year and enthusiastically starts today with Darren Arnofsky’s movie “The Wrestler,” and continues until November 23rd with an exciting program and fest events. “The Wrestler” is this year’s Golden Lion winner in the Venice Film Festival. The main part is played by Mickey Rourke and this appearance is his triumphal return on the big screen.

            During the ten days of the festival, Thessaloniki’s streets will be filled with an unique spirit – in the centre, around the port, and on the “Nikis” seaside boulevard, people will be excited and will sneak into “Olympion” theatre for the next show. Following will be parties in the surrounding bars, as well as in the former storage rooms of the port, which are currently hosting art exhibitions, industrial style bars, and movie theatres.

            Except for the interesting films and the celebrities, the organizers of the festival have included in program, seminars as well, which will be presented by the directors Oliver Stone, Takeshi Kitano, Jean-Pierre and Luke Dardenne, Emir Kusturica, Richard Jobson, the actor Willem Dafoe and many other famous movie artists. Willem Dafoe will be there because of his part in Theo Angelopoulos’ film “The Dust of Time,” which is the second film from the trilogy “The Weeping Meadow.” The trilogy follows the contemporary history of Greece, through a man and woman’s relationship, who meet each other in 1919 for the first time during the Greek trip from Odessa.

            The festival will finish on Sunday, 23rd of November, with the movie “Frost/Nixon,” directed by Ron Howard – 2002 Oscar winner for best picture (“Beautiful Mind”). The film is about the historical interview, which former US president Richard Nixon gives to the British TV journalist David Frost – one real verbal battle between two brilliant men, which finalizes with one of the greatest analogies in contemporary history.


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