Magazine article Screen International

Jia Zhangke, Radu Jude, Ildiko Enyedi Join Thessaloniki’s Quarantine Film Series (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Jia Zhangke, Radu Jude, Ildiko Enyedi Join Thessaloniki’s Quarantine Film Series (Exclusive)

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Several international directors join the leading Greek film festival’s lockdown-inspired initiative.

Award-winning filmmakers Jia Zhangke, Radu Jude, Denis Côtéand Ildiko Enyedi have joined a lockdown-inspired film series launched by Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF).

The directors, who have all previously attended the leading Greek film festival, will each make a three-minute short on the theme of confinement. The series, titled Spaces, is inspired by the coronavirus quarantine that has seen a third of the world’s population placed under some form of restriction.

Other filmmakers set to participate include US actor and director John C. Lynch, Dutch filmmaker Nanouk Leopold, Turkey’s Tarik Aktaş, North Macedonia’s Teona Mitevska, Spain’s Victor Moreno, Argentina’s Mateo Bendesky and Canada’s Yung Chang. US-Israeli filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones, who won the Golden Alexander award at Thessaloniki’s documentary festival with Advocate, is also on board.

Inspired by the book Species Of Spaces, by French writer Georges Perec, each short will be created at home, using the environment, the people or the animals in that space. The only outdoor areas that can be used are living spaces such as the garden or balcony.

The project has already seen shorts from eight local directors made available on the festival’s website and YouTube channel. The newly-commissioned films, from the international directors, are expected to be made available to watch later this month.

Zhangke is the Chinese director and screenwriter who won Venice’s Golden Lion in 2006 with Still Life while Canadian filmmaker Côté is a three-time Berlinale Golden Bear-nominee with titles including Boris Without Beatrice, Ghost Town Anthology and Vic + Flo Saw A Bear, of which the latter picked up the Alfred Bauer Award in 2013.

Romania’s Jude picked up the Silver Bear for best director at the 2015 Berlinale with Aferim! …

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