Thessaloniki doc fest returns with tribute to Austrian, Romanian filmmakers

By Harry van Versendaal

Hubert Sauper and Alexandru Solomon are but a couple of the filmmakers heading to this year's Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF), according to organizers as they unveiled the lineup of tributes to be screened at the annual international festival in the northern port city, this year from March 13 to 22.

Fipresci Serbia awards go to The Cannon Was Hot

BELGRADE - The award of the International Federation of Film Critics Fipresci Serbia for the best movie made in Serbia in 2014 went to Top je bio vreo (The Cannon Was Hot) produced by Tihomir Stanic.

The award for the best director went to Slobodan Skerlic, while the award for the best actress was presented to Anita Mancic both for The Cannon Was Hot.

Felicity Jones to act in Turkey

British actress Felicity Jones, who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "The Theory of Everything," will come to Istanbul. She will star in Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's latest novel "Inferno" as Sienna Brooks. The film will be shot in Florence and Istanbul.

The Oscar song chosen to represent Greek debt

The U.S. CNBC network asked people to vote on the Oscar song that best represents the Greek economic drama in the framework of the 87th Academy Awards. The options given were:
- Everything is Awesome (from "The Lego Movie")

- Grateful (from "Beyond the Lights")

- I'm Not Gonna Miss You (from "Glenn Campbell?I'll Be Me")

- Lost Stars (from "Begin Again")

'Birdman' vs 'Boyhood' Oscar battle heats up after Spirit Awards

Dark showbiz satire "Birdman," and coming-of-age tale "Boyhood," took the top honors at the Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 21, a day before Hollywood's biggest night when both will face off in the top Oscars categories.
"Birdman," nominated for nine Oscars on Sunday, won three Spirit Awards, including the top prize of best feature.

Benedict Cumberbatch points at Turkey, Russia, Greece for LGBT rights violations

Oscar hopeful Benedict Cumberbatch is pleased about the attention his latest movie brought to legendary mathematician Alan Turing's personal story, but also warns that "same minorities are prejudiced and punished" as in the legendary mathematician's time, particularly in Turkey, Russia and Greece.

Nenad Dukic new president of FEDEORA

BELGRADE- Serbian film critic Nenad Dukic has been elected president of the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA), Digimedia PR Aleksandar Pavlic said on Friday.

The London-based FEDEORA was established four years ago, and brings together over 70 film critics from European and Mediterranean countries.

Bulgarian Movie Ombre Hits Cinemas Today

Ombre is a Balkan western, or actually an ''eastern'' as the cast and crew often refer to it.

Based on the novel by Emil Tonev, the plot revolves around a modern-day interpretation of legendary productions like Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).

''The story will always be interesting, combining the western and the ''eastern'' so to say,'' said actor Valeri Yordanov.