Top competition largely focused on political and social themes distinguished the 41st Intl. Thessaloniki Film Festival. Held Nov. 11 to 19 in the northern Greek city, the festival also toasted 30 years of filmmaking by Greece’s foremost film auteur, Theo Angelopoulos, whose “Eternity and a Day” came home with a Palme d’Or two years ago.
A jury lead by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski awarded a $31,000 first prize to Pavel Pawlikowski’s whimsical “Last Resort,” about a Russian woman and her son stranded in an immigrant holding area outside of London.
Pic was also the choice of the Fipresci critics’ jury. A German film featuring a comical assortment of world refugees, “Lost Killers” by Dito Tsintsadze, picked up the special jury award, worth $19,000. Iran’s first-time helmer Marziyeh Meshkini was honored with best director kudos for her portrait of sexual discrimination, “The Day I Became a Woman.”