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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-16

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  • [01] 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival begins Friday

  • [01] 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival begins Friday

    The organisers of this year's 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival, due to begin on Friday night at the "Olympion" cinema, are adopting a phrase by French historian and film critic Andre Bazin (founder and publisher of the "Cahiers du Cinema") who considers cinema as "an open window to the world" as its "slogan."

    The Festival will be inaugurated at 9.30 p.m. by culture ministry secretary general Christos Zahopoulos, while addresses will be made by Minister of Macedonia and Thrace George Kalantzis, Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and the Festival's director Despina Mouzaki.

    Angelos Frantzis will be responsible for directing the opening ceremony, while actors Athina Maximou and George Pyrpasopoulos will be the presenters.

    The latest film by Stephen Frears "The Queen". The film, having a duration of 97 minutes, refers to the death of Princess Diana and the reactions of Queen Elizabeth II. Frear's film amazed the public in Venice, where it received the FIPRESCI award for Frear's directorship, the Golden Osella award for the best scenario by Peter Morgan, as well as the award for the best performance by a woman for Elen Miret, will be screened after the opening ceremony.

    Culture Minister George Voulgarakis is expected to arrive in Thessaloniki on Sunday afternoon to welcome President Karolos Papoulias at the Festival.

    Apart from the series of screenings (for the competition part, the Greek part and a series of dedications), the Festival's events include visual art exhibitions, lectures by film directors and people of the cinema, concerts, etc.

    The leading official guest will be German film director Wim Wenders, who is expected in Thessaloniki on November 20.

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