Thessaloniki’s Film Festival To Pay Tribute to Greek Queer Cinema



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The 59th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, running from November 1 to November 11, will present a large tribute to the Greek queer cinema, with a selection of 38 short and feature films dating from the late 1960’s to the present day.

They all represent a lesser-known chapter of the history of Greek cinema.

The line-up is comprised of rare films that laid the foundations of the genre, others that were unable to reach the public in conservative times, but also films that contributed in people coming out of the closet, as well as the works that established the New Greek queer cinema which introduced this genre to audiences around the world.

This is the first time that these films are presented as an extended tribute in Greece.

The 59th TIFF tribute is curated by Konstantinos Kyriakos, associate Professor of Theater and Film Studies at the Department of Theater Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Patras in Greece.

As Kyriakos notes: ”What is even more important is the radical gesture to organize a retrospective tribute to queer/gay Greek cinema at the annual national and historical Greek film festival. A tribute that, on the basis of selective criteria features a combination of films that are undoubtedly part of the gay/queer trend of the Greek cinema: Some pioneering and unique, others justifiably honored and awarded in Greece and abroad, and others unfairly unappreciated; all, however, representative.”

The full list of the films can be found here.

With information from A.M.N.A.