Thessaloniki Film Festival!

Trip Start Sep 14, 2008
Trip End Dec 15, 2008

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Flag of Greece  , Macedonia Region,
Friday, November 14, 2008

Thessaloniki is cool, don't get me wrong. But for a long time I wondered why it and Athens competed for the title of the place to visit in Greece. The Roman architecture here is cool, and the city itself does have a lot of history, but compare that to the Acropolis and Thess seems a little behind. That is until you hear about the Film Festival. With my previous misconception about Thess I seriously thought it was going to a small get together of Greek actors and what not, kind of like the ones we have in Tally. Wrong! Turns out that Thessaloniki actually has a BIG Film Festival and tons of people turn out for it. We had Oliver Stone (director), Diablo Cody (screenwriter), Willem Dafoe (actor), Guillermo Navarro(cinematographer) and so many more people but I don't know who they are lol. But the really cool thing is that several theatres open up all around Thessaloniki and they basically play movies from 11 AM to midnight for an entire week. Some movies are amateur, but the majority have been backed by real actors and were half-decent! Megan and I saw one called AmericanEast and it was, interesting...but it still was really cool to go see a movie, and the tickets were cheaper than they would have been if we had seen a recent movie.
But the really awesome thing is, is that those same people I named before all held a "Masterclass" where they sit around and talk with an interviewer for 30 minutes in a small room and then when the inital interview is over, they allow the audience to ask questions! I went to Diablo Cody's class and she was really funny. It was cool to see someone so young and down-to-earth talk about her success with writing "Juno" and her future projects.
The best part is that Diablo Cody actually published a book before going into screenwriting, and although she said the process is hard (getting recognized as a writer) there are opportunities everywhere if you look hard enough.
It made for a really great weekend all in all, defnitely worth staying in Thessaloniki for.
Adio sas!
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