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54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2013

Bad Hair
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"Bad Hair" (Mariana Rondon)

The 54th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival took place from the 1st to the 10th of November 2013 in Greece. Despite the adversity of the nation's economic and social conditions, the festival succeeded in preserving its structures, strategies, and, most importantly, its ambition to discover, defend, and support independent, emerging cinema (first and second films) from all over the world — and to do all this with a mandate to give that cinema better visibility. In other words, the festival defends and sustains the future trends and practices of this independent cinema so that it may unfold in a fruitful manner. As Festival director, Dimitri Eipides, said, "Here there are the fresh cinematic voices from around the world. They differ enormously. Each filmmaker charts his own journey, speaks his own daring voice and reflects the world with her own, penetrating, thoughtful vision". Obviously, the audience did agree, because despite the unbelievably sunny days, the faithful spectators flocked to the screenings. The International Competition included 14 productions coming from 11 countries as varied as Venezuela, Cuba, Chile, Egypt, Mexico, France, Sweden and Greece– 7 titles. Most of them are a spitting image of our world, with its contradictions, injustice, and lack of horizons. The struggle for life and for human dignity was the main topic, touching, full of energy, especially in the cinema from Latin America. The FIPRESCI prize for the International Competition went, with a majority of votes, to Bad Hair (Pelo Malo), by Mariana Rondon from Venezuela. This film tells a sensitive story about the difficulty of having a dream at any age in a social context riddled with dogmas and intolerance. As for the Greek Competition, the FIPRESCI jurors have unanimously chosen The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I eonia epistrofi tou Antoni  Paraskeva), an impressive journey into the moral consequences of the nation's crisis, and a  remarkable debut for Elina Psykou. (Magda Mihailescu)

54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (November 1-10, 2013, tiff.filmfestival.gr). FIPRESCI Jury: Magda Mihailescu (Romania, president), Bojidar Manov (Bulgaria), Dubravka Lakic (Serbia), Boyd van Hoeij (Luxembourg), Dennis West (SUA). FIPRESCI Awards: Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) by Mariana Rondon (Venezuela, 2013, 93 min) shown in the International competition. Print Source: FiGa Films, SUA. Tel +1 323 258 5241, web: www.figafilms.com, e-mail: contact@figafilms.com. FIPRESCI Prize in the Greek Competition: The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I eonia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva) by Elina Psykou (Greece, 2013, 88 min). Print Source: Feelgood Entertainment (Irini Soukanidou), Greece. Tel: +30 211 9967 000, web: www.feelgoodentertainment.gr, e-mail: info@feelgoodentertainment.gr.
Festival: www.tiff.filmfestival.gr

Reports

20 Years Of Balkan Screen in Thessaloniki. Because Thessaloniki for many years has managed to be a bridge between European and world cinema, showing the first or second films of new young directors in the main competition (14 titles), it also presents a wide panoramic view of all interesting phenomena in the information program Оpen Horizons. Along with these are the special selections of prominent film masters, national competition of new Greek films, and the remarkable category Balkan Survey. Bojidar Manov's report. arrow.
The Unfinished Latin American Cinematic Movement. In his book New Latin American Cinema, Michael T. Martin (Wayne State University Press 1977) analyses "the unfinished cinematic movement" in this part of the world, from a neo-baroque period in the 1970s and 1980s, to the emergence since the 1990s of a realist cinema whose production and representational strategies are simultaneously local and global.
Magda Mihailescu's report. arrow.

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