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Balkan Presence at Thessaloniki International FF 2014
13 October 2014
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Faithful to its established annual appointment, the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival will take place October 31 to November 9, 2014.

With renewed vision and a strong dedication to independent cinema, the festival will once more invite both film makers and the audience to a special celebration of films from all over the world, cinematic surprises, distinguished guests, tributes, masterclasses, round table discussions and parallel events.

Once again, numerous Balkan films and co-productions, curated by festival director Dimitris Kerkinos, will be screened at the Balkan Survey section, showcasing the best samples of the Balkan area’s film production. The themes of family, violence, loss and youth figure prominently this year, as well as stories that deal with traumas from the past and the uncertainty of contemporary societies. This year’s selection tackle an important set of questions: How does one become part of a whole? How can a community accept individuality? Or diversity? And how is hope affected by social and financial collapse?

Fatih Akin

Balkan Survey Feature Films
Viktoria by Maya Vitkova, Bulgaria/Romania, 2013

Three Windows and a Hanging by Isa Qosja, Kosovo*/Germany, 2014

These are the Rules by Ognjen Svilicic, Croatia/Slovenia, 2014

The Reaper by Zvonimir Juric, Croatia/France/Serbia/F.Y.R.O.M, 2014

Barbarians by Ivan Ikic, Serbia/Montenegro/Slovenia, 2014

The Lamb by Kutlug Ataman, Turkey/Germany, 2014

Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France/Germany, 2014

Cure by Andrea Staka, Switzerland/Croatia/Bosnia Herzegovina, 2014

Sivas by Kaan Mujdeci, Turkey/Germany, 2014

Fatih Akin will attend the festival with his latest The Cut, screened at the Open Horizons Section.
Balkan Survey Shorts:
1000 by Danijel Zezelj, Croatia

12 Minutes by Nicolae Constantin Tanase, Romania

It Can Pass Through the Wall by Radu Jude, Romania

Horsepower by Daniel Sandu, Romania

Ela, Panda & Madam by Andrei Stefan Rautu, Romania

Moonless Summer by Stefan Ivancic, Serbia

Ice Cream by Serhat Karaaslan, Turkey 

Zelimir Zilnik

This year’s Balkan Survey celebrates the work of Serbian auteur Zelimir Zilnik, whose films will be screened for the first time in Greece, while the director will be attending also. According to Zilnik, cinema is “a tool for knowing the people”. Characterized as one of the docudrama genre pioneers and with influences that range from Jean Rouch and Chris Marker to Glauber Rocha and Vittorio de Sica, Zilnik has discarded cinematic conventions and often sidestepped aesthetics in favour of content and authenticity, employing to that end amateur actors and location shooting. 

Feature Films:
Early Works, Yugoslavia, 1968
The Way Steel Was Tempered, Yugoslavia, 1988
Marble Ass, Yugoslavia, 1995
Fortress Europe, Slovenia, 2000
Kennedi Goes Back Home, Serbia & Montenegro, 2003

Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter, Yugoslavia, 1967
Little Pioneers, Yugoslavia, 1968
Black Film, Yugoslavia, 1971
Tito Among the Serbs, Yugoslavia, 1994
Kenedi, Lost and Found, Serbia & Montenegro, 2005
Pirika on Film, Serbia, 2013

  Early Works
  Kenedi Is Getting Married
  Cure - The Life of Another
  Quod Erat Demonstrandum
  The Lamb
  The Second Game
  Winter Sleep
  The Reaper
  Three Windows And A Hanging
  These Are the Rules
  The Cut
  The Way Steel Was Tempered
  Marble Ass
  Kennedi goes back home
  Fortress Europe
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Isa Qosja
  Maya Vitkova
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Radu Jude
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Zelimir Zilnik
  Ivan Ikic
  Andrea Staka
  Zvonimir Juric
  Dimitris Kerkinos
  Kutlug Ataman
  Nicolae Constantin Tanase
  Andrei Gruzsniczki
  Stefan Ivancic
  Kaan Mujdeci
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