Theo Angelopoulos  dismissed from the Thessaloniki Film Festival | festival
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Théo Angelopoulos
We, in the international film community, directors and staffs of film festivals and cinematheques, producers, artists, critics and film studies teachers, are profoundly troubled and saddened by the drastic and ill-considered actions of the Greek government in dismissing Theo Angelopoulos and Michel Demopoulos from their respective positions as President and Director of the International Thessaloniki Film Festival. Over the course of the last 13 years, Theo Angelopoulos and Michel Demopoulos have nurtured and expanded the Thessaloniki Festival from a local event to an international showcase which did attract critics and film industry people from all over the world. It became an independent space, open to the living and innovative forces of the young international cinema and acting as well as a cross-road for the film industries of all the Balkanic countries. Theo Angelopoulos' and Michel Demopoulos' dismissal is part of the very criticized reform of the national cinematographic policy launched by the current conservative authorities, wishing to increase the place of Greek cinema in the festival for promotional reasons, for instance in re-establishing the "National Selection". It is obvious that Greek cinema can only get richer through encounters and will loose if returning to a more insular state of affairs. This regretful action is a regression, not a progress, as well as an ideological change extremely dangerous for European creators. Babelmed Editorial Team
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