FKTH: Monica Bellucci, “Golden Alexander” and the walk in Thessaloniki (pictures)
An honorary award for her overall contribution to the Seventh Art was presented by Apostolos Tzitzikostas to Monica Bellucci, on behalf of the Thessaloniki Film Festival.
“Thank you very much,” she said in Greek Monica Bellucci, receiving the honorary Golden Alexander of the 64th Thessaloniki Film Festival, for her entire contribution to cinema.
“I am very honored to have received 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 , remained for a few seconds touching the part of her heart to repeat the thanks to the audience who gave her a long standing ovation.
Accordingly, she was greeted earlier in Italian by the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, who awarded her the Golden Alexander on behalf of the Festival. “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.
At the beginning of the event, the Artistic Director of the Festival, Orestis Andreadakis, said that the event honors a great actress who for 30 years has held a great place in world cinema. “Starting with 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 film “Malena” he characteristically said: “In this an exemplar 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 recalled that Monica Bellucci switched from modeling to cinema in the early 90s and gained worldwide fame through the French comedy “Apartment in the center of the city” (1996), receiving a nomination for the 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 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.
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