Thessaloniki International Film Festival announced April 6 2020 details of its ‘Spaces’ project for which it has asked renowned directors from around the world to shoot a short film at home during (and in response to) the coronavirus crisis.
Inspired by the book ‘Species of Spaces’ by Georges Perec, the idea is to create a film at home, using the environment, the people or the animals in that space. The only outdoor areas that may be used are outdoor living spaces, such as the terrace, the garden, the balcony and the stairwell.
So far, 14 directors have confirmed their participation, but the list is getting longer, the festival notes. Docmakers include Rachel Leah Jones, Victor Moreno and Yung Chang.
The full list comprises: Denis Côté (Canada), Romanian director Radu Jude, John C. Lynch (US), Catalan filmmaker and artist Albert Serra,
Hungarian Golden Bear winner Ildikó Enyedi, Chinese artist Jia Zhangke, Palestinian writer/director Annemarie Jacir,
American-Israeli director of Advocate Rachel Leah Jones, leading Dutch filmmaker Nanouk Leopold, Tarik Aktaş (Turkey), North Macedonian LUX award winner Teona Mitevska, Victor Moreno (La ciudad occulta, Spain), Mateo Bendesky (Argentina) and Canadian Yung Chang, director of the documentary This is not a Movie for Robert Fisk.
Part 1 of the project, titled “Spaces 1” featuring the films of eight top Greek directors can be found on the festival YouTube Channel (https://youtu.be/hLyV-YuEjU8).
The Greek directors participating in “Spaces 1” are: Rinio Dragasaki, Marianna Economou, Giorgos Georgopoulos, Zacharias Mavroeidis, Minos Nikolakakis, Stavros Pamballis, Stavros Psillakis, Syllas Tzoumerkas.