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THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY 2019

The 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival to focus on profoundly political topics

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- Greece's main documentary event will showcase more than 200 films across 20 sections, including 11 world, 12 international and four European premieres

The 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival to focus on profoundly political topics
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love by Nick Broomfield

The 21st edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF), one of South-Eastern Europe's biggest film gatherings and the most important documentary festival in Greece, which will take place from 1-10 March at seven venues across the city, has announced its full programme.

TDF will present 178 feature and 49 short documentary films across 20 sections, including 11 world, 12 international and four European premieres. It will open with the international premiere of Nick Broomfield's Leonard Cohen biopic Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love. 

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The festival's main International Competition takes its cue from the phrase “Touch Me Not”, and focuses on several issues arising from it: “Social, racial, gender-related, psychoanalitic and, above all, profoundly political" topics, as the festival programmers put it in the catalogue. The line-up consists of ten films that will be competing for the Golden Alexander Award, only one of which is not a European production: Joanna Reposi Garibaldi's Lemebel (Chile/Colombia). The rest are: Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche's Advocate [+see also:
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(Israel), Mischa Hedinger's African Mirror [+see also:
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(Switzerland), Christina Phoebe's Amygdalia (Greece), Aiste Žegulyte's Animus Animalis (A Story About People, Animals and Things) [+see also:
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interview: Aistė Žegulytė
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(Lithuania), Panos Arvanitakis' Fossils (Greece), Pawel Ziemilski's In Touch [+see also:
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(Poland/Iceland), Francesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi's ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul [+see also:
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(Italy/Germany), Hassan Fazili's Midnight Traveler [+see also:
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(USA/Qatar/Canada/UK) and Adele Tulli's Normal [+see also:
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(Italy/Sweden). 

In addition to the VR Competition, initiated last year, which consists of eight titles from eight countries (see full list here), the other competitive programmes include Human Rights (with films such as #Female Pleasure [+see also:
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Samouni Road
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interview: Stefano Savona
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and What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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) and Habitat (screening, among others, Acid Forest [+see also:
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The Hidden City
 [+see also:
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interview: Víctor Moreno
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and Walden [+see also:
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).

The 31 short and 50 feature-length Greek documentaries will be screened across several different sections. Out of these, 39 have found a home in the Platform section and 12 in the newly established From Screen to Screen programme. 

As for the sidebar sections, they feature tributes to Wang Bing and Gustav Deutsch, and other highlights include thematic programmes such as Memory/History, Everything is Politics, Human Condition, Food vs. Food, The Artist is Present, Cinema, Music, >>Film Forward, the "Why Look at Animals" tribute, the "Paper Chase" tribute, and Docs for Kids.

The 21st TDF will close with a screening of Maiden [+see also:
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by Alex Holmes.

For the full programme, please click here.

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