The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
March 4-14 (online)
Greece’s respected nonfiction event will take part in two phases this year: March’s presentation of approximately 50 films – new and retrospective features as well as shorts – is exclusive to Greece and presented online, with a hybrid component taking place June 24-July 4 featuring several competition sections and a Greek panorama.
Among the offerings:
A retrospective program, but which features one new documentary:
Director: Dario Acocella
Paolo Cognetti, an Italian author and documentarian, embarks on an adventure in the footsteps of those writers who helped influence and inspire his career as a storyteller.
Presentations of many notable recent festival circuit favorites, including a few titles not yet covered in this space:
DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS
Director: Hendrik Schäfer
A closely observed story of an Israeli gay couple on their journey to have biological twins through their gestational surrogate, a woman from the US.
THE FILMMAKER’S HOUSE
Director: Marc Isaacs
When a filmmaker is told his next film must be about crime, sex, or celebrity to get funded, he decides to take matters into his own hands – and make a film in his own home.
A SONG CALLED HATE
Director: Anna Hildur
When Icelandic anti-capitalist BDSM techno band Hatari becomes the official entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, a rare opportunity presents itself for them to stage what would become one of the most internationally televised live political protests in the competition’s history.
A youth focused section that includes short films as well as the following features:
Director: Cosimo Caridi, Ane Irazabal Elkorobarrutia
Four refugee children, living in different countries, struggle daily to obtain formal education.
FOREST HYMN FOR LITTLE GIRLS
Director: Sara Bonaventura
Ten little girls encounter the wild woodland before their childhoods fade.
Director: Anne-Claire Dolivet
What is it like for a little girl to grow up in a world of intense professional and competitive dancing?
LONG LIVE LOVE
Director: Sine Skibsholt
Rosemarie has been diagnosed with cancer, and although the doctors say she will survive, the long treatment leaves a mark on her young life – not least with regards to her relationship with her mother.
Director: Sonia Madrid
Young people from Spain and Italy – the two European countries that suffered the most violent first wave of the pandemic – speak out.