French film “Petite nature” wins first prize at Thessaloniki festival

(AFP) – “Petite nature”, by French director Samuel Theis, on Sunday won the Golden Alexander, first prize at the 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece), and its actor Aliona Reinert was named best actor .

The 10,000 euro prize rewards the story of a sensitive and intelligent 10-year-old boy, Johnny, who stands out from his family and his difficult neighborhood in eastern France.

The festival’s special jury prize, or Alexandre d’Argent, was awarded to Swedish-Costa Rican director Natalie Álvarez Mesén for her feature film “Clara Sola”.

Almost two years after the start of the coronavirus pandemic that forced many film industry events to go virtual, the Thessaloniki Film Festival has been organized partly face-to-face and partly online.