Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival is the leading Cinema institution in Greece. TIFF’s annual activity includes the organisation of Thessaloniki IFF and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. In addition, TIFF runs a 4 screens cinema complex, the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum and the Thessaloniki Cinematheque. Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes is co-organized by TIFF and the Greek Film Center.

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  • Monday 12 July: 14:15 – 16:15 | Thessaloniki International Film Festival Goes to Cannes

The pitching session will be screened in Cannes in Palais des Festivals – Palais K and online in your local time zone.

Projects

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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Bastards

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Nikos Pastras

Produced by: Nicholas Alavanos (Filmiki) & Nikos Pastras

Country of production: Greece

Original title: ΜΠΑΣΤΑΡΔΑ

Genre: Feature film

Language: Greek

Runtime: 110 min (estimated)

Completed in: 2021

When you have nothing tangible left, then what do you do? You leave.

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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Dogwatch

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Gregoris Rentis

Produced by: Producers: Gregoris Rentis & Vicky Miha & Clément Duboin & Florence Cohen; Production Companies: BYRD & asterisk* & Good Fortune Films

Country of production: Greece, Co-production: France

Original title: Βάρδια

Genre: Documentary

Language: Somali

Runtime: 80 min

Completed in: 2021

Mercenaries set sail for a life of action against Somali pirates. Yet, the sea is full of surprises. Or lack thereof.

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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Winter with Valmira

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Maria Douza

Produced by: Producers: Michael Sarantinos, Ivan Tonev; Production companies: Steficon S.A. & Greek Film Center & ERT & ARS-Digital & Bulgarian Film Fund

Country of production: Greece, Co-production: Bulgaria

Original title: Χειμώνας με την Βαλμίρα

Genre: Feature film

Language: Greek, Bulgarian

Runtime: 90 min (estimated)

Completed in: 2021

When deaf teenager Valmira leaves her special Athens school to move to her native island she is confronted by intolerance and prejudice – most shockingly — her own.

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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EX

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: George Markakis

Produced by: Chris Cornelsen & George Markakis

Country of production: Greece, Germany

Original title: EX

Genre: Feature film

Language: English, Russian, German, French

Runtime: 85 min

Completed in: 2021

Opening the door to Berlin’s notoriously private nightlife, EX invites us to see more than reckless hedonism. As its characters share stories about lives lived at the fringes of society, a deeper connection unravels, sparking soul-baring moments of clarity, acceptance, and unapologetic truth.

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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Into the Land of Ice and Fire

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Dimitra Zirou

Produced by: Nikos Moustakas (Bad Crowd)

Country of production: Greece, Co-production: Norway

Original title: Into the Land of Ice and Fire

Genre: Documentary

Language: Sami, Norwegian

Runtime: 97 min (estimated)

Completed in: 2022

In a small town in the middle of the Norwegian arctic tundra, 86 year-old Sara and 7 year-old Mihka, through their everyday life, introduce to us the Sámi, the only indigenous people of Europe. How can Sámi’s precious knowledge have a positive effect on the world and is it possible for this knowledge to survive from the oldest to the younger?

Goes to Cannes

MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
14:15 2h

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Behind the Haystacks

Category: Thessaloniki Goes to Cannes

Directed by: Asimina Proedrou

Produced by: Producers : Ioanna Bolomyti & Markus Halberschmidt & Vladimir Anastasov & Angela Nestorovska; Production companies : Argonauts S.A. & Fiction Park & Sektor Film

Country of production: Greece, Germany, Co-production : North Macedonia

Original title: Πίσω από τις Θημωνιές

Genre: Feature film

Language: Greek

Runtime: 107 min (estimated)

Completed in: 2021

Α middle-aged fisherman is afraid of going to jail for a petty fraud he once committed, and starts working for the local mafia, trafficking migrants across the border lake.