Festival de Thessaloniki: competencia

The Thessaloniki Film Festival Thursday announced the 13 foreign titles that will compete in its international competition next month.

The 50th edition of Greece's top international movie showcase features a wide range of films from around the world where a common theme is the complexity -- and at times cruelty and bleakness -- of human life.

Dedicated to first and second features by emerging filmmakers and programmed by festival director Despina Mouzaki, the lineup includes the world premiere of Romanian director Calin Netzer's tale of an elderly couple's cheerless marriage that changes when the husband receives a government award, "Medal of Honor," and the international premiere of "Father's Acre" by Hungarian director Viktor Oszkar Nagy, about the damage a man's prison sentence does to his relationship with his son.

European premieres include Korea's "Missing Person," directed by Lee Seo, about the cruelty and immorality of a hierarchical society; "The Day Will Come" by German director Susanne Schneider, a family drama where Germany's terrorist past of the 1970s comes back to haunt the present; and "The Unloved," a directorial debut by British actress Samantha Morton that draws on her own experience of being brought up in the state care system.

Other films in the international lineup are: "Children Metal Divers," a pic from the Philippines by Ralston Jover; Egyptian pic "Heliopolis," helmed by Ahmad Abdalla; Mexican pic "Norteado" by Rigoberto Perezcano; "St. Nick" from the U.S., by David Lowery; "Ajami," a Germany-Israel co-pro, by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani; "The Last Summer of La Boyita" (El Ultimo Verano de La Boyita), an Argentina-France-Spain pic by Julia Solomonoff; "The Day God Walked Away" from France by Philippe Van Leeuw; and "Blood and Rain" a Colombia-Argentina co-pro by Jorge Navas.

Greek titles in competition will be announced later by the festival, which runs Nov. 13-22.

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