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Greek Cinema at the 55th Thessaloniki FF
17 October 2014
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Greek cinema is having strong and much-awaited participations at the 55th Thessaloniki Film Festival (31/10 – 9/11).

The festival is honouring the hundredth anniversary of Greek cinema along with filmmakers and the audience, in a big celebration full of classics and favorite films, premieres, and recent productions that caused sensation. 36 Greek films will be screened at this year’s festival, with 10 projects being presented in the Agora section. 

The audience was eager to participate at this year’s anniversary, voting for their favourite Greek film out of the 200 Thessaloniki FF official site had listed for them since September. The top 20 films -most voted- will be screened at the festival, in the “1914 – 2014: 100 years of Greek cinema” retrospective. 

The Counterfeit Coin by Giorgos Tzavellas

Social Decay by Stelios Tatasopoulos, 1932

The Counterfeit Coin by Giorgos Tzavellas, 1955

Stella by Michael Cacoyannis, 1955

The Ogre of Athens by Nikos Koundouros, 1956

A Neighborhood Named The Dream by Alekos Alexandrakis, 1961

Evdokia by Alexis Damianos, 1971

The Travelling Players by Theo Angelopoulos, 1975

The Idlers of the Fertile Valley by Nikos Panagiotopoulos, 1978

Sweet Bunch by Nikos Nikolaidis, 1983

The Price of Love by Tonia Marketaki, 1983

Happy Homecoming, Comrade - Beloiannisz by Lefteris Xanthopoulos, 1986

It’s a Long Road by Pantelis Voulgaris, 1998

From the Edge of the City by Konstantinos Giannaris, 1998

Still Looking for Morphine by Yannis Fagras, 2001

Save Me by Stratos Tzitzis, 2001

The Valiants of Samothrace by Stamatis Tsarouchas, 2003

A Touch of Spice by Tasos Boulmetis, 2003

Strella by Panos H. Koutras, 2009

Dogtooth by Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009

Little England by Pantelis Voulgaris, 2013

Evdokia by Alexis Damianos

The first film of the list, Social Decay by Stelios Tatasopoulos, back from 1932, will be presented in company of live music composed for the film by Charis Gatzoflias.

As each year, Premieres will draw the audience’s attention, showing 7 new productions. Yannis VeslemesNorway, tells the story of a photophobic vampire, while Forget Me Not by Yannis Fagras focuses on two lovers in the far side of the world. Other new films presented, will be Vladimiros Nikolouzos & Nikos Nikolopoulos’ Polk, To the Bone by Thodoris Koutsaftis, Dionysus’ Revenge by Dimitris Kollatos, Queen Antigone by Tilemachos Alexiou and Dark Illusion by Manos Karystinos.

9 recent films, already screened for the Greek audience, will be screened completing the hundredth anniversary. Xenia by Panos H. Koutras, Stratos by Yannis Economides, A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Margarita Manda’s Forever and Petros Sevastikoglou΄s Electra, 7 Wraths by Christos Voupouras, Mitriarchy by Nikos Kornilios, Fan by Dimitris Bitos and A by Stathis Athanasiou.

Norway by Yannis Veslemes

Greek films are also competing strongly at the Agora Industry section of the festival (1-8 November), participating at the Crossroads and the Works in Progress sections. 6 Greek projects are participating this year at the 10th Crossroads Co-production Forum

Ark by Aristotelis Maragos, (Vasilis Crysanthopoulos - Producer), Plays2place Productions, Greece

Green house by Nikos Kritikos, (Foteini Economopoulou - Producer), Oh My Dog!, Greece

Kila by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, (Giorgos Kyriakos - Producer), View Master, Greece

A Pack of Sheep by Dimitris Kanellopoulos, (Konstantina Stavrianou, Elina Psykou – Producers) Graal Films, Greece

Tailor by Sonia Liza Kenterman, (Fenia Kossovitsa – Producer) Blonde Audiovisual S.A., Greece

There, Where No One Knew How To Cry by Giorgos Panousopoulos, (Eleni Kossyfidou – Producer), Black Bird Productions, Greece

Moroever, in the Works in Progress section of Agora, will participate he following Greek films:

Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, (Fedra Vokali – Producer) Marni Films, Greece

Heatwave by Joyce A. Nashawati, (Fenia Kossovitsa – Producer), Blonde Audiovisual S.A., co-produced by Good Lap Production, To Be Continued, Greece/France

Symptom by Aggelos Frantzis, (Aggelos Frantzis – Producer), The Gardens & Filmiki Productions, Greece

Ursus Minor by Elissavet Chronopoulou, (Elissavet Chronopoulou -  Producer), Greece

Nima (working title) by The Boy, (Eleni Berte – Producer), Longline Film Essentials, Greece

  The Idlers of the Fertile Valley
  A Woman`s Way
  From the Edge of the City
  It`s a Long Road
  The Valiants of Samothrace
  A Touch of Spice
  Save Me
  The Price of Love
  Happy Homecoming, Comrade (Beloiannisz)
  Sweet Bunch
  Still Looking for Morphine
  The Travelling Players
  The Counterfeit Coin
  A Blast
  Little England
  The Ogre of Athens
  Electra (2)
  Constantinos Giannaris
  Nikos Kornilios
  Dimitris Bitos
  Theo Angelopoulos
  Nikos Panagiotopoulos
  Angelos Frantzis
  Alexis Damianos
  Michael Cacoyannis
  Tassos Boulmetis
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Photini Economopoulou
  Giorgos Panoussopoulos
  Lefteris Xanthopoulos
  Nikos Nikolaidis
  Tonia Marketaki
  Pantelis Voulgaris
  Eleni Kossyfidou
  Stathis Athanasiou
  Giorgos Kyriakos
  Yannis Economides
  Panos H. Koutras
  Costas Koutsiambasakos
  Yorgos Lanthimos
  Yannis Fagras
  Stratos Tzitzis
  Yannis Veslemes
  Margarita Manda
  Alexander Voulgaris (The Boy)
  Elissavet Chronopoulou
  Stamatis Tsarouchas
  Fenia Cossovitsa
  Konstantina Stavrianou
  Yorgos Javellas
  Elina Psykou
  Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos
  Eleni Bertes
  Sonia Liza Kenterman
  Aristotelis Maragkos
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  Plays2place Productions
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