Norah Jones’s film debut at the TIFF

Hit singer Norah Jones’s film debut will open the 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) on November 16. «My Blueberry Nights» premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May. Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, a favorite with the Greek film crowd, has directed Jones in what is also his first English-speaking movie. Jones plays Elizabeth, a woman who has been hurt and is traveling across the USA from city to city, hoping to get over the painful ending of a long-term relationship. She meets various people on the way who have also been scarred by life (played by Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and David Strathairn). They each have their own tragic love story to tell. Through her new acquaintances, the main character finds the strength to cast a fresh look upon her life as well. Wong’s work is excellent in the setting of the film and in the filming of the details in the love story, which convey deep feelings. One of the highlights and one of the more passionate kisses we have seen in the past few years is the kiss between Jones and Law. Norah Jones accepted the film director’s unexpected suggestion, although until that moment she had not seen any of his films. She said that when she was on tour, Wong contacted her and asked her if she wanted to make a movie with him. That was when she watched his film «In the Mood for Love» and decided she absolutely trusted him because it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. This year’s Thessaloniki Film Festival will end on November 25, with «Darleeling Limited,» a Wes Anderson film starring Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman.