By Mary Kouinogloy
The eyes of the cinema community are now upon Thessaloniki, where important film directors will be in attendance at the most significant event of the 7th art in Greece, the 49th International Thessaloniki Film Festival.
The most famous guest of the Festival is probably Oliver Stone. The three-time Academy Award Winner director will be there to present his new film W. Starring Josh Brolin as President George W. Bush, W is the new film of Stone’s American president film series, following JFK and Nixon. Oliver Stone will receive an honorary Golden Alexander for his work and will conduct a Masterclass on the 18th of November.
Another interesting Masterclass is expected to be that of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne on the 15th of November. The multi-awarded Belgium directors have just arrived in Thessaloniki to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Festival. Arta Dobroshi, Dardennes’ star in Lorna’s Silence, will also be present on the occasion of the screening of the film.
Other well-known directors that are planning to give a Masterclass are the Japanese Takeshi Kitano, the English Terence Davies, Richard Jobson, the director of the New Town Killer, the Greek Manos Zakharias and the Serbian Emir Kusturica, who will also perform a live concert with the No Smoking Band.
Two directors of photography are going to have Masterclasses as well. The Academy Award winner for Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo Navarro and the director of photography of Mama Mia, Haris Zambarloukos are going to reveal the role of photography in the art of cinema.
Apart from their separate Masterclasses, the notorious Greek director Theo Angelopoulos and the actor Willem Dafoe will have a Press Conference in order to present the director’s new release The Dust of Time, in which the actor stars.
Moreover, the two-time Academy Award Winner Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the Brazilian director Walter Salles and the screenwriter Diablo Cody are only a few of the big names of modern cinema attending the Festival.