Thessaloniki circles globe

Competish for debutants favors European pics

MUNICH — In the competish lineup for the Thessaloniki Intl. Film Festival, topper Despina Mouzaki has chosen pics from every corner of the globe. The competish is for pics by first- and second-time helmers.

Europe is repped by “Schoner Leben,” by Teuton helmer Markus Herling; “Z odzysku,” directed by Slawomir Fabicki from Poland; and Icelandic pic “Blodbond” (Thicker Than Water”), by Arni Olafur Asgeirsson. The Greek flag is flown by “I psychi sto stoma” (Soul Kicking), helmed by Yannis Economidis, and “Roz,” by Alexander Voulgaris.

Fest also gives space to three European co-productions: Teuton-French-U.S. pic “Day Night Day Night,” helmed by Julia Loktev; Algerian-French-German film “Roma wa la n’touma,” helmed by Tariq Teguia; and French-Algerian co-production “Bled Number One,” by helmer Rabah Ameur Zaimeche.

Asia sends “Guangrongde fennu” (Trouble Makers), by helmer Cao Baoping from China; “Gajokeui Tansaeng” (Family Ties) by Kim Tae-yong from South Korea; and “Asre Yomeh” by Iranian Mona Zandi Haghighi.

Latin American movies include “Suely in the Sky,” helmed by Brazil’s Karim Ainouz, and “Drama/Mex,” by Mexican Gerardo Naranjo.

“The Point,” by Canadian helmer Joshua Dorsey, rounds out the linep.

“This year the international competition section, perhaps more than ever, leans towards the adventure of narrative,” said Mouzaki. “It creates a world of vital stories, which filmmakers from four continents believe they must tell at any cost.

“A world that begins geographically from the north of Europe, passes through the neighboring Mediterranean Africa, opens to the Far East and concludes in North and South America,” she said.

Stephen Frears’ “The Queen” will open the fest, which will also include special screenings of Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland” and David Lynch’s “Inland Empire.”

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