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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Aussie’s funny take on sex wins in Greece Australian director Josh Lawson takes out the Audience Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival The Thessaloniki International Film Festival announced its official awards last Saturday, and a small independent Australian film made quite an impact. Josh Lawson's The Little them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market. "I'm really excited to be working with adidas on a line of apparel and footwear." The coveted Greek designer drew her inspiration by the medal winners in the early '70s and '80s. She managed to rework these iconic adidas looks presenting the world of fashion with a completely colourful and dare-tosay wild apparel line. "I admire Mary's extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the adidas Originals women's collection," adidas' sports global creative director, Dirk Schoenberger said. Often inspired by art, music, pop culture, this ‘collision’ with Mary Katrantzou takes printing techniques and sportswear to a whole new level altogether. For example, Katrantzou decided to embellish gold hardware on neon-coloured sneakers and track shoes, infuse architecture into lace. Subversive images, technicolour influences and a kaleidoscopic sense of femininity become one in her perfectly exaggerated collection. With only a few days in stores, the capsule apparel line has managed fashion, opting for neoprene pullovers and body-con zip-up dresses, brought to life by abstract floral prints, stripes, mesh and to sell-out at most selected selling points, making après-gym circuit of fashion lovers sprint to nab one of the triple-stripe creations. Soula Mantalvanos’ work now in Tassie Melbourne artist Soula Mantalvanos will have her work showcased in Tasmania, after being signed and represented by local gallery Penny Contemporary. Visiting the gallery this month, Ms Mantalvanos says she was taken aback by the similarities Hobart had to her home town and her muse. "We've been embraced and nurtured by this beautiful place and its divine and most friendly locals," she said on her website. "It makes us feel a little reminiscent about the old Melbourne actually, but now we can have the best of both worlds with a brilliant reason to visit." An artist and graphic designer Death, a completely NSFW film was one of four films that took out the Audience Award at the festival. The film was adored by the public as a witty comedy, even though the explicit and edgy content of the film is not something we usually come across. Director/actor Josh Lawson, exposes the secret sex lives and darkest fantasies of some couples living in Sydney. Role-playing, swinging, sexual assault, phone sex, fetishes, trauma and more. The couples in the film struggle with honesty while they are trying to overcome their relationships’ downfall and death of sex life day by day, using a completely different sexual language. A woman tries to convince her husband to fulfil her sexual assault fantasy, another woman gets aroused only when she makes her husband cry, a signlanguage interpreter makes an effort to translate a sex-phone call to a deaf person, a man wants to have sex with his wife only when she's sleeping, while another one decides to become an actor the moment roleplaying goes a little bit too far. It was someone confessing to a rape fantasy at a dinner party many years ago that sparked the idea for Australian director Josh Lawson of a film about fetishes. Violence is rather tricky territory, even though Lawson seems to have approached it in a sensitive way. "When you think about this film, keep in mind what never happens, what actually never happens, what is only talked about," he says. "I guess what I explore is at what point can you say in a relationship, 'these are my deepest, darkest secrets and I love you enough to tell you ... I didn't choose to have this fantasy, I didn't train myself to have it, I just have it'. "And that's what a fantasy is, that's what a fetish is. You know, drama is life with the boring bits cut out, so I wrote this, exploring that idea with two people who love each other very much, candid discussions go on, and yes, it gets out of control. I certainly never set out to make a film to shock. I set out to make a film to unite people, to unify people on a subject that actually does bond us all together, but I did set out to make a film that was unlike any film made before." The film was awarded alongside Manos Karystinos' Dark Illusion from Greece, Ivan Tverdovsky's Correction Class filmed between Russia and Germany, and Isa Qosja's Three Windows and a Hanging, which is a KosovanGerman co-production. The festival's highest distinction, the Golden Alexander - Theo Angelopoulos Award, was handed out to the film Perpetual Sadness by Jorge Pérez Solano from Mexico. Israeli Asaf Korman's film Next to Her gained a high distinction, receiving The Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander, while Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson got the Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation - Bronze Alexander - as a Greek-Bulgarian co-production. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky tapped Best Director for his work on The Tribe from Ukraine. Greek director and music producer Yiannis Veslemes was distinguished as best of show by the FIPRESCI Jury, with Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's Goodnight Mommy film from Austria receiving the Jury International Award. The Greek film Polk, by Nikos Nikolopoulos and Vledimiros Nikolouzos, received very positive reviews. Yiannis Economides won the Greek Film Critics' Association's Award for his 30-year contribution to the festival. Honorary awards were bestowed upon Hanna Schygulla, Voula Zouboulaki, Anna Synodinou as well as Pantelis Voulgaris and Lakis Papastathis as part of celebrating 100 years of Greek cinema. Soula Mantalvanos (L) in Tasmania. by trade, Soula went through a life-changing injury seven years ago that forced her to look at her career differently. In chronic pain, Soula had to learn to paint and draw in five-minute durations, resting to keep her energy that was dwindling thanks to the pain. "Everything hurts, sound hurts as it affects all your senses, it hurts to be in a busy environment," she told Neos Kosmos in May. The trip to Tasmania was more for her health, with Soula even calling it a 'sabbatical', not expecting much to come from it career wise. For more information, visit www.ooi.com.au and pennycontemporary.com.au A scene from The Little Death.
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