The 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival was completed yesterday in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece. The festival ended with the traditional award ceremony, celebrating the best films of the year.
“Perpetual Sadness,” directed by Mexican Jorge Perez Solano, took the top prize “Golden Alexander-Theodoros Angelopoulos” for Best Film. It tells the story of women in a remote Mexican village in the desert, where they experience solitude and the sorrow of being abandoned.
The film “Next to Her,” directed by Israeli Asaf Korman, won the “Special Award-Silver Alexander.” Two sisters live together in a Haifa apartment. One is mentally retarded and the other one has to take care of her.
The “Special Jury Prize-Bronze Alexander” was awarded to “The Lesson,” directed by Bulgarians Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. The film also won the Best Screenplay award. A teacher in a Bulgarian village has to choose between being a teacher and solving her family’s financial problems.
The Best Female Performance award was given to Brooke Bloom from the United States for her performance in Anaj Marquardt’s “She’s Lost Control.”
The Best Male Performance was given to Sverrir Gudnason from Sweden for his performance in “Flugparken” (Blowfly Park), directed by Jens Ostberg.