After the unprecedented outbreak of the pandemic, the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival TIFF was inspired by the prophetic book The fall of public man by the famous American professor Richard Sennett. The book, written in 1977, explores the imbalance between the private and the public experience that is now taking new dimensions. 

For the fourth consecutive year, TIFF proposes a subversive approach to cinema by seeing, interpreting, commenting on the International Competition films through a theme, a book, an idea, taken from another form of art or science. The concept behind this year’s International Competition section featuring 12 films is “Intimacy, a modern tyranny”, inspired by the ideas expressed in Sennett’s book. TIFF also, presents an exciting exhibition with original works from young Greek artists, each inspired by one of the films of the Competition Section of the Festival.

The Tyranny of Intimacy is the title of the last chapter of Sennet’s book. Prophetic when first published and particularly timely today, the book guided the selection of this year’s Competition Section of TIFF. These ideas are materialised through paint, clay, iron, plastic or thread, and given the breath of life by the mind, talent and dedication of 12 artists, each transmuting their own experience of viewing one of the films in the Competition Section into an original work of art. Together, artworks and films, simultaneously within and outside their familiar and natural environment, urge the audience to negotiate the pairing of images. Finding oneself, almost of one’s own accord, at a point of transcendence. This point is a starting-point for the dialogue framing the contemporary sensory experience and participation in all things public.

These works will be presented in the central exhibition of the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival titled Intimacy: A Modern Tyranny. The exhibition was to take place at the MOMus Experimental Centre for the Arts. However, due to the pandemic, reproductions of the artworks, are set on display downtown and 12 large representations of the artworks on banners, will be exhibited on the exterior walls of buildings of the port pier of Thessaloniki, taking their place in the public spaces.


LOCATION: Thessaloniki International Film Festival venues (Warehouse C, Warehouse D, Cinema Museum). Pier 1, Thessaloniki Port.

With the support of Outset Contemporary Art Fund Greece.