Thessaloniki festival to end on musical note

Music will compete with film on the last day of Thessaloniki’s 46th Film Festival this Saturday, as three live events will draw the attention of film buffs and other music fans. One of Pedro Almodovar’s muses and a Spanish actress with plenty of loyal fans, sensational Victoria Abril, will perform at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall on Saturday only. Abril will interpret songs from her album «PutchEROS do Brasil,» in her favorite style; the album combines traditional bossa nova melodies with electronic sounds. Born in Madrid in 1959, Abril embarked on a film career in the 1970s, but it was her appearances in Almodovar movies («Tie Me Down,» «High Heels» and «Kika») which gave her international recognition. Her restless nature and constant search for new outlets led her to take up music and singing. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Olympion cinema box office, at Warehouse C at the port and at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall box office. Late Party On a different note, Irish DJ and composer David Holmes will play a late set at the city’s Boutique club, starting at half-past midnight. As well as his own albums, Holmes is well known for composing the soundtracks for films like «Out of Sight,» «Ocean’s Eleven» and «Ocean’s Twelve» – all three directed by Steven Soderbergh – but also «Code 46» by Michael Winterbottom, one of this year’s honored personalities at the festival. Finally, on the occasion of the screening of Fatih Akin’s film «Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul,» which is about the musical tradition and the new music trends in Istanbul, a concert will take place at Warehouse C right after the end of the screening. Three musicians, clarinetist Selim Sesler, his son and kanun player Bulent Sesler and percussionist Serkan Kocan, will combine the energy of a Gypsy wedding band with the expressive qualities of Balkan folk songs and then blend them into an improvised musical celebration.

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