The film “Fire Will Come,” (O Que Arde) won the Golden Alexander Award, which is accompanied by a € 15,000 cash prize, as well as the Best actor award for Amador Arias, at the 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. It is an international co-production (Spain, France, Luxemburg) directed by Galician film director Oliver Laxe. The film tells the story of an arsonist who is released from prison and returns to his native village. Earlier this year, the film won the jury award at “Un Certain Regard,” a parallel competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Special Jury award Silver Alexander, accompanied by a € 8,000 cash prize, went to Maya Da-Rin for her film “Fever” (Brazil, France, Germany). The film explores the complex and tense relationship between indigenous communities in Brazil and Western civilization.
The Special Jury Prize for Best Director went to Melina Leon for her film “Song Without a Name” (Peru, Spain, USA), which dramatizes a true-life case of Peruvian baby trafficking. The film was also screened at the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Spanish actress Greta Fernandez won the Best Actress award for her role in Belén Funes’s “A Thief’s Daughter”.
This year’s 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival closing ceremony, which was held at the Olympion cinema, was presented by actress Marissa Triantafyllidou (who won the Best actress award at last year’s Thessaloniki film festival for her role in Nikos Labôt’s film “Her Job”) and film critic Thodoris Koutsogiannopoulos.