Sofia Exarchou’s “Animal” won the Golden Alexander at the sixty fourth Thessaloniki Movie Competition on Sunday, marking the most major time in 30 years that a Greek movie took dwelling the pinnacle honors at the nation’s longest-running movie match.
Exarchou’s sophomore feature, which premiered at the Locarno Movie Competition, became praised by Selection’s Jessica Kiang as “a poignant portrait of existence amid the sequins and the seediness of a Greek resort.” The movie follows a neighborhood of entertainers at an all-inclusive island resort making ready for the busy tourist season who’re compelled to wrestle with the shadowy actuality that the give an explanation for must straggle on as the sultry Mediterranean nights turn violent.
Lead actor Dimitra Vlagopoulou, who won the performing award at the prestigious Swiss fest for what Kiang known as a “riveting” efficiency, furthermore shared the award for handiest actress in Thessaloniki. The awards had been handed out by a jury constituted of producer Diana Elbaum, ancient Berlin Movie Competition director Dieter Kosslick, and filmmaker and producer Elina Psykou.
The Silver Alexander Award for handiest director went to Joanna Arnow for “The Feeling That the Time for Doing One thing Has Handed,” an indie darling that premiered in the Cannes Movie Competition’s Administrators’ Fortnight strand and became heralded as a “hilarious and wise debut” by Selection’s Catherine Bray.
Praised by Bray as an “extraordinarily amusing fresh expertise,” Arnow — who furthermore wrote, edited and starred in the movie — shared performing honors with Vlagopoulou for her efficiency as a unhappy, 30-one thing Modern Yorker navigating a tiresome-terminate corporate job, a quarrelsome family and a string of tiring BDSM relationships.
The award for handiest actor went to Kostas Koronaios for his lead role in director Stergios Paschos’ “The Final Taxi Driver,” wherein the actor plays a frustrated, heart-ancient taxi driver caught up in a dangerous obsession.
Finest screenplay honors went to Belgian filmmaker Zeno Graton for “The Misplaced Boys,” which follows a teen about to be launched from a formative years detention center who starts to query his want for freedom when a fresh detainee arrives in his facility. The movie premiered this 300 and sixty five days in the Generation allotment of the Berlin Movie Competition.
The Meet the Neighbors+ competition, which showcases the most major and second suggestions by directors from the broader field of Southeastern Europe, the Jap Mediterranean and the Heart East, gave its high prize to Marie Amachoukeli’s “Ama Gloria,” a heartfelt drama about the special bond between a French girl and her nanny, an immigrant from Cape Verde. Selection’s Kiang described the movie, which opened the Critics’ Week allotment of the Cannes Movie Competition, as “a debut made dazzling by an astonishingly intricate efficiency from its six-300 and sixty five days-fashioned superstar.”
Spanish director Diego Llorente won the Silver Alexander in Meet the Neighbors+ for “Notes on a Summer,” a Rotterdam premiere that tells the memoir of a sensual summer of affection for a young lady who runs into an fashioned flame on shuttle whereas her boyfriend is assist in Madrid.
The allotment’s prize for handiest actor became shared by Richard Langdon, the superstar of Czech filmmaker Matěj Chlupáček’s duration drama “We Bear By no manner Been Stylish,” and Soma Sándor, for Katalin Moldovai’s Hungarian drama “Without Air.” Mouna Hawa won the award for handiest actress for her efficiency in Amjad Al Rasheed’s “Inshallah a Boy,” a Cannes premiere that is Jordan’s submission for essentially the most convenient world feature movie Oscar flee. The Meet the Neighbors+ award for ingenious achievement went to Greek filmmaker Eva Nathena’s “Murderess.”
In the Movie Forward competition allotment showcasing modern filmmaking, the Golden Alexander became awarded to “Samsara,” by Lois Patiño, whereas the Silver Alexander became shared by Raven Jackson’s “All Grime Roads Model of Salt” and “The Human Surge 3,” by Eduardo Williams.
The Thessaloniki Movie Competition runs Nov. 2 – 12.