CULTURE

Larissa festival for new directors to honor Dusan Makavejev

The city of Larissa is gearing up for its 12th Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers, scheduled to take place from March 29 to April 4 and composed of shorts, while this year’s honorary Golden Horse Career Award will go to Serb filmmaker Dusan Makavejev and to cinematographer Nikos Gardelis, responsible for the photography in over 100 films, including 1963’s «Red Lanterns» and 1966’s «The Fear.» Makavejev, who will be present at the award presentation, won the Silver Bear at the 1968 Berlin Film Festival for «Innocence Unprotected» and was nominated for a Golden Palm at Cannes in 1981 and 1985 for «Montenegro» and «The Coca-Cola Kid,» respectively. His most recent films are «Danish Girls Show Everything» (1996), «A Hole in the Soul» (1994) and the comedy «The Gorilla Bathes at Noon» (1993), which is also among the three films that are to be screened at the festival, along with the romantic drama «Man is Not a Bird» (1965) and the comedy drama «Sweet Movie» (1974), featuring music by Manos Hadjidakis. Event’s structure The festival’s competitive section has been separated into two parts: the international competition, featuring 17 shorts, and the Mediterranean, which is composed of 27 entries. The filmmakers who will be showcasing their work in the international leg of the competition come from Greece, France, the US, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Belgium, New Zealand and Switzerland. The Mediterranean artists come from the Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, Algeria, Morocco, Israel, Serbia, and, again, Greece. The winner of each section will be awarded a Golden Horse (designed by sculptor Dimitris Psomodotis) and a cash prize of 1,500 euros from the Greek Film Center and the General Secretariat of Youth. Other award sponsors include the Greek Filmmaker’s Union, the Actor’s Union and Kodak.