TheThessaloniki International Film Festival has unveiled its full line-up for thisyear's event (Nov 19-28).
The Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary with a 180 plusstrong programme representing 40 nations and kicks off with a double billopening.
French star Isabelle Huppert, will present the worldpremiere of her latest film Les Soeurs Fachees directed by Alexandra Leclere and will receive a special GoldenAlexander for her acting career.
The opening gala will be Alejandro Amenabar's Venicewinner The Sea Inside.
Among the 14 title-strong competition section reserved tofirst and second films are: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz's To Take A Wife (Israel), Vincenzo Marra's Vento DiTerra (Italy), Pjer Zalica's Daysand Hours (Bosnia-Herzegovina) as well asPablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella's celebrated Whisky (Uruguay), Fernando Eimbcke's TemporadaDe Patos (Mexico) and Alejo HernanTaube's Una De Dos(Argentina).
This year's strong Latin American flavour to thefestival competition is rounded out by a five title homage to new productionsfrom Argentina including the likes of Pablo Trapero (Familia Rodante), Lucrecia Martel (La Nina Santa) and Ana Poliak (Parapalos).
Led by Zhan Yimou's House Of The Flying Daggers (China) which will be the closing film, theContemporary Masters section will highlight recent works by, among others, HouHsiao Hsien (Cafe Lumiere),Ingmar Bergman (Saraband) andWong Kar Wai (2046).
Abbas Kiarostami, Spanish director Victor Erice, Japanesedirector Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Peter Greenaway will also be honoured at thefestival with retrospectives and homages to their work.
The competition's International Jury, which will handout the Golden and Silver Alexander backed by Euros 37,000 and 22,000respectively, is composed of Hungary's Miklos Jancso (president),Canadian actress Arsinee Khanjian, US director Alexander Payne, UK producer DonRanvaud, US film critic Kent Jones, Italian painter Valerio Adami and Greekfilm critic Yiannis Bacoyannopoulos.