In a crowded one Olympian his honor event was held 64th Thessaloniki Film Festival, where he was awarded the “Golden Alexander” at Monica Bellucci.
Before the award, a video with cinematic moments of the Italian star was shown. Opening the event, the artistic director, Orestis Andreadakis emphasized that “the festival honors a woman with an outstanding position in world cinema over the last thirty years”. “Starting in the films of her native Italy, she quickly became famous, performing roles in both English and French,” said Mr. Andreadakis, while speaking specifically about the movie “Malena” he characteristically said: “In this epitome of period cinema that unfolds the brighter aspects of European history, Monica Bellucci delivers a monumental performance, shaping a multi-layered female character.” Then the award to Monica Bellucci was made by the regional governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas.
“Thank you very much”, he said in the Greek language Monica Bellucci, receiving the honorary Golden Alexander of the 64th Thessaloniki Film Festival, for her entire contribution to cinema.
“I am very honored to receive this award, I am very grateful and very moved“, were the few words she said, once again expressing her gratitude to Maria Callas for the inspiration she 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 audience that applauded her protractedly.
Accordingly, the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, greeted her earlier in the Italian language. “It is indeed a great honor to 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 fills the big screen when they appear, they change the atmosphere of the movie sets,” he said. As he pointed out, Monica Bellucci has created dozens of characters in comedies, dramas, adventures, historical films and every time she knows how to transform, 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, rare locations, historical monuments, forests, mountains and sea , and – as the cinema experts say, a special cinematic light”, emphasized Mr. Tzitzikostas.
For the second day, Bellucci in the center of Thessaloniki
For the second night in a row, the guests of the Festival and those who were in the center of Thessaloniki had the opportunity to see the absolute Italian star up close, to photograph her and to try to be photographed with her, when she got off the vehicle that transported her to Aristotelous Square, to enter the Olympian cinema by walking the red carpet. She herself was friendly, greeted people, signed autographs and accepted a bouquet.
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.
Source: APE BEE