Monica Bellucci enchanted Thessaloniki again: Bowing to the absolute star,…


“Thank you very much,” she said in Greek Monica Bellucci, receiving his honorary Golden Alexander 64th Thessaloniki Film Festivalfor the entirety of her contribution to cinema.

“I am very honored to receive this awardI am very grateful and very moved,” were the few words he said, expressing once again her gratitude to Maria Callas for the inspiration he offered her, while before getting off the stage, she remained for a few seconds touching the part of her heart to repeat the thanks to the audience who applauded her for a long time.


Accordingly, in Italian language the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia greeted her earlier Apostolos Tzitzikostas, who awarded her the Golden Alexander on behalf of the Festival. “It is indeed a great honor that we welcome today here in Thessaloniki, at the Film Festival, one of the most important actresses of the 7th art. She is one of those actresses who fill the big screen when they appear, change the atmosphere of the cinema frames”, he said.


As Monica Bellucci pointed out has created dozens of characters in comedies, dramas, adventures, historical films and every time she knows how to transform herself, get into the essence of her roles and highlight their details. “After all, with these films he has traveled all over the world and I hope that soon there will be an opportunity to shoot a film in Thessaloniki, in Central Macedonia, which already has the infrastructure, the rare locations, historical monuments, forests, mountains and sea , and – as the cinema experts say, a special cinematic light”, underlined Mr. Tzitzikostas.


At the beginning of the event, the Artistic Director of the Festival Orestis Andreadakis, said that the event honors a great actress who has occupied a great place in world cinema for 30 years. “Starting with the films of her particular homeland of Italy, she quickly became famous, performing roles in both English and French,” said Mr. Andreadakis, while speaking specifically about the film “Malena” he characteristically said: “In this An epitome of period cinema that unfolds the brighter aspects of European history, Monica Bellucci delivers a monumental performance, shaping a multi-layered female character.”


It is reminded that monica bellucci transitioned from modeling to film in the early 90s and achieved worldwide fame through the French comedy “Apartment in the center of the city” (1996), earning a nomination for a César Award for Emerging Actress. Two years later she won the Best Actress Award at the Italian Golden Globes for Marco Rizzi’s dramedy Kaputt Mundi (1998), while the beginning of the next decade saw her career take off thanks to her brave performances in the Malena films. (2000) by Giuseppe Tornatore and “Irreversible” (2002) by Gaspar Noe, but also in her participation in the “Matrix” sequels.

Monica Bellucci, who has worked with several other great creators including Sam Mendes, Emir Kusturica, Bertrand Blier, Mel Gibson and Alice Rohrwacher, has also excelled on TV, both in the third season of “Mozart in the Jungle” and to her delightful guest appearances in David Lynch’s “Call My Agent” and “Twin Peaks: The Return.”


For the second day, Bellucci in the center of Thessaloniki

For the second night in a row, the guests of the Festival and those in the center of Thessaloniki had the opportunity to see the ultimate Italian star up close, to photograph her and attempt to be photographed with her, when she got off the vehicle that carried her to Aristotelous Square, to enter the Olympian cinema walking on the red carpet.


She herself was friendly, greeted people, signed autographs and accepted a bouquet of flowers.

The reception given to her by cinephiles in the cinema was also particularly warm, while they had the opportunity to enjoy her in a younger version, when at the age of 37 she played the role of 27-year-old Malena, in the eponymous 2000 film by Giuseppe Tornatore. It is an unforgettable and moving coming-of-age story and at the same time a mural of a painful historical period, where Monica Bellucci exemplifies a complex female character.

Monica Bellucci is leaving Thessaloniki tomorrow.

Monica Bellucci: Meeting with Olga Kefalogianni


The Minister of Tourism, Olga Kefalogianni, met with Monica Bellucci today, as stated in a relevant announcement. The two ladies discussed, not only for the film about Maria Callas, but also for the institution of the Thessaloniki Festival which, as they agreed, does an excellent job with extroversion and quality, being an important weapon in the image of the city and its cultural identity.

Monica Bellucci reiterated that he especially loves Greece and that he visits it often. The minister, Olga Kefalogianni, invited Monica Bellucci to visit our country again and show her, as she characteristically said, the hidden beauties of Greece.

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