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'Family Ties' Tops Thessaloniki Film Festival

Family Ties'Family Ties' tops 2006 Thessaloniki International Film Festival

The top winner at the 2006 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which wrapped up today, Nov. 26, was Kim Tae-yong's Korean drama Family Ties / Gajokeui Tansaeng, featuring three segments focusing on problematic family relationships. (Image: Thessaloniki winner Family Ties.)

In addition to the Golden Alexander Award for Best Film (worth 37,000 euros), Family Ties won a joint Best Actress Award (for Moon So-ri, Goh Doon-shim, Kong Hyo-jin, and Kim Hae-ok), while screenwriters Sung Ki-young and Kim Tae-yong shared the Best Screenplay Award with Maurício Zacharias, Felipe Bragança, and Karim Ainouz for the Brazilian comedy-drama Love for Sale / Suely in the Sky / O Céu de Suely.

Directed by Karim Ainouz, Love for Sale tells the story of a woman (Hermila Guedes) from Brazil's impoverished Northeast who dreams of a better life elsewhere. Last month, Ainouz's movie won the Best Film Award at the 2006 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.

More 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival Award winners

The 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival's Special Jury Prize – the Silver Alexander Award (worth 22,000 euros) – went to Mona Zandi Haghighi's Iranian drama On a Friday Afternoon / Asre Jomeh, which chronicles the travails of a lower-class unwed mother who must come to terms with her rebellious teenage son.

Slawomir Fabicki was chosen Best Director for the Polish drama Retrieval / Z Oszysku, about a young boxer who becomes attached to a gangster. As the boxer, Antoni Pawlicki took home Thessaloniki's Best Actor Award. Retrieval is Poland's submission for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

This year's Thessaloniki jury was presided by American producer Christine Vachon, whose credits include Todd Haynes' Safe (1995), with Julianne Moore; Tony Vitale's gay romantic comedy Kiss Me, Guido (1997), with Nick Scotti; Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (1998), starring Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Christian Bale; Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999), which earned Hilary Swank the year's Best Actress Academy Award; and Haynes' Far from Heaven (2002), which earned Julianne Moore a Best Actress Oscar nomination.


Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander 
Gajokeui Tansaeng / Family Ties by Kim Tae-yong. Producers: Bae Yong- kook, Jung Tae-woon, South Korea

Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander 
Asre Jomeh / On a Friday Afternoon by Mona Zandi Haghighi. Producer: Jahangir Kossari, Iran

Best Director:
Slawomir Fabicki for Z Oszysku / Retrieval, Poland

Best Actor:
Antoni Pawlicki in Z Oszysku / Retrieval, Poland

Best Actress:
Moon So-ri, Goh Doon-shim, Kong Hyo-jin and Kim Hae-ok in Gajokeui Tansaeng / Family Ties, South Korea

Best Screenplay (ex aequo):
Maurício Zacharias, Felipe Bragança, Karim Ainouz for O Céu de Suely / Suely in the Sky, Brazil- Germany-Portugal-France


Sung Ki-young, Kim Tae-yong for Gajokeui Tansaeng / Family Ties, South Korea

Artistic Achievement Award:

O Céu de Suely / Suely in the Sky, Brazil- Germany-Portugal-France


FIPRESCI (Federation of International Film Critics) Award - International Competition Section: O Céu de Suely / Suely in the Sky, by Karim Ainouz, Brazil-Germany-Portugal-France

FIPRESCI (Federation of International Film Critics) Award - Greek Films 2006 Section: Eduart, by Angeliki Antoniou, Greece

Everyday Life - Transcendence or Reconciliation Award: 
Rome Rather Than You by Tariq Teguia, Algeria-Germany-France

Woman & Equality Award: 
Grbavica by Jasmila Zbanic, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia

Human Values Award: 
El Violin / The Violin by Francisco Vargas, Mexico

Digital Alexander Award: 
Land of Nod by Evangelos Yiovannis, Greece

Special Mentions:
Alpha by Yorgos Loukakos and Madeleine Aktypi, Greece 
Mr. Lumiere Im Back by Nikos Alevras, Greece 
Summer Province Dreams by Yorgos Akseherlidis, Greece 
A Pink Safety Pin by Nikos Pomonis, Greece

Jameson Audience Awards

For a film in the International Competition Section: 
Gajokeui Tansaeng / Family Ties by Kim Tae-yong, S. Korea

For a film in the Greek Films 2006 section: 
Yios tou fylaka / The Guardians Son by Dimitris Koutsiabassakos, Greece

For a film in the Balkan Survey: 
A fost sau n-a-fost? / 12:08 East of Bucharest by Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania

For a film in the DigitalWave: 
Onira therinis eparhias / Summer Province Dreams by Yorgos Akseherlidis, Greece

The Greek Union of Film Television and Audiovisual Technicians (ETEKT) Award: (Greek Films 2006 section) 
Eduart, by Angeliki Antoniou, Greece

The Greek Film Critics Association (PEKK) Award: 
I Psyhi sto stoma / Soul Kicking by Yannis Economidis Greece

Crossroads Co-Production Forum Award: 
"Pandoras Box" by Yesim Ustaoglu, Turkey

Industry Center & Eave Award: (Eave Training Program Scholarship)
Ada Solomon, producer (Romania)

Jury: Christine Vachon, Producer, (USA) PresidentPierre Rissient, Film director, distributor, film consultant (France); Katia Lund, Film director, screenwriter, producer (Brazil); Diego Galán, Film critic, film director (Spain); Mogens Rukov, Screenwriter, professor (Denmark); Xu Jinglei, Film director, screenwriter, producer, actress (China); Lefteris Voyatzis, Stage director, actor (Greece)

FIPRESCI Jury: José Carlos Avellar (Brazil), President; Genoveva Dimitrova (Bulgaria); Sergei Lavrentiev (Russia); Thilo Wydra (Germany); Ioanna Papageorgiou (Greece)

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