‘Wrestler’ opens Thessaloniki fest

'Frost/Nixon' will close on Nov. 23

MOSCOW — Greece’s leading movie showcase, the Thessaloniki Film Festival, will raise the curtain on its 49th edition Nov. 14 with Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” organizers announced Thursday.

Pic took the Golden Lion last month at the Venice Film Festival.

A drama hailed as Mickey Rourke’s triumphant — and somewhat autobiographical — comeback to the big screen, “The Wrestler” will be presented by actress Evan Rachel Wood who plays the daughter of Rourke’s character.

Aronofsky has been a staple of the fest since 1998 when his first film, sci-fi thriller “Pi,” won the Fipresci critics’ award in the international competition section.

Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon” a dramatic retelling of the 1977 post-Watergate TV interviews between Britain’s David Frost and Richard Nixon, closes the fest Nov. 23.

Fans of Greek cinema get a special treat with a screening of Theo Angelopoulos’ new film “The Dust of Time” in the Greek Panorama section.

Billed as an “avant premiere,” the film’s star Willem Dafoe will accompany the director and also give a masterclass on acting.

The film, the second installment of a trilogy that began with “The Weeping Meadow,” follows modern Greek history through the relationship of a man and woman who meet in 1919 during the flight of Greeks from Odessa in Ukraine following the Russian revolution. The film unspools Nov. 22.