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NAKED OPERA (2013). A Review.

What would you do if you had a lot of money, exquisite taste and a talent for taking pictures of nude men? Well, in Angela Christlieb's film NAKED OPERA (2013), she offers us a peak inside the world of someone who lives just so. Meet Marc. He is a unique and very wealthy man from Luxembourg who believes himself to be a real life Don Giovanni. Marc spends all his money and time in the effort to create his existence modeled after the opera while traveling all over the world to see Don Giovanni...

On the Edge of the World (2013). Interview with Claus Drexel

Ah, beautiful Paris! City of lights, city of love, city of des Beaux-Arts and grand history...city of great poverty and a rising homeless population. Meet Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and many others who live on the streets all year long in Paris during freezing winters, hot summers and wet shoulder seasons. While they struggle to subsist under the bridges, in alleyways and in the metros in plain sight, they endure a near invisible existence. In his visually stunning and touching documen...

'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013). Interview with Bill Siegel

Only a hand full of people in the world can say they spent 23 years involved in the telling of Muhammad Ali's life story, and American director Bill Siegel is one. To Siegel, Ali is not only a world renown international athlete and hero, but a mirror into which any person can see a piece of themselves. In his latest film about Ali, 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' (2013), Bill tells a three part story of the man who went from Olympic winning athlete to spiritual leader for the Nation o...

BASTARDS (2014). Interview with Deborah Perkin.

  BASTARDS (2014) at 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. 'Bastards' by British director Deborah Perkin focuses on the troubled fate of illegitimate children in Morocco. The film opens with the official English definition of the word 'Bastard': “1) a person born of parents not married to each other and 2) an unpleasant or despicable person”. Just after we are reminded of what the word truly means, multiple images of innocent children grace the scre...

'The Phantasmagoria of Defeat' (2013) @ 16th TDF.

Anastasia Christoforidou's short film doc 'The Phantasmagoria of Defeat' (2013) screened at the 16th annual Thessaloniki Doc Fest. “Fuck Picasso!” That's what this cutting edge Greek pop artist says. Yorgos Tzinoudis is rapidly building a reputation for himself as the Andy Warhol of Greece who spends all his time creating art and making wine. During the 16th annual Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, filmmakers took one of Yorgos' wine tours of the wine museu...

The Manor (2013) @ 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

Canadian director Shawney Cohen's film The Manor (2013) screened at the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival last week. This award winning doc depicts the modern American family at its best, and worst. This is the story of Shawney Cohen's paradoxically functional family in all its dis-function. Shawney is a struggling filmmaker balancing between the world of film and his family run strip club. He is the designated manager of a strip club his father bought thirty years ago when he...

Coming soon! from 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

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The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 14 - 23, 2014) AWARDS

The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 14 - 23, 2014) AWARDS AUDIENCE AWARDS - The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: FOUR LETTERS APART – CHILDREN IN THE AGE OF ADHD by Erlend E. Mo, Denmark, 2013             The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to: BEACH BOY by Emil Langballe, UK 2013  ...

16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival Closing Ceremony

The curtain fell on the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century with the closing ceremony that took place on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at the Olympion theater. The awards of the festival’ s 16th edition were bestowed during the ceremony. The ceremony was presented by journalist Maya Tsokli, who made special reference to the recently deceased, dear friend of the Festival, Peter Wintonick. The 16th TDF paid tribute to the acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmak...

The European Documentary Network (EDN) award @ 16th TDF

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The European Documentary Network (EDN) award, which is given to individuals and organizations from Europe that have made a great contribution to the field of documentary, went this year to Tue Steen Mϋller, a prominent figure in the documentary world with a great body of work to his credit. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, March 21st at the Electra Palace hotel, as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, in the presence of TDF Director, Dimitri Eipides. The award was present...

Press Conference- It's Better to Jump / Soul Food Stories / A Separation

Directors Mouna B. Stewart (It's Better To Jump), Matthew Pond (The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne), Tonislav Hristov (Soul Food Stories) and Karin Ekberg (A Separation) gave a press conference on Saturday, 22 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne is a film about Doris Payne, a poor, single African-American mother living in the US in the 1950s, who became one of the most notorious jewel thieves of all time. Director Matt...

Press Conference- Stream of Love / American Dreamer / On the Edge of the World

Directors Agnes Sos (Stream of Love), Thomas Haley (American Dreamer) and Claus Drexler (On the Edge of the World) gave a press conference on Saturday, 22 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. In American Dreamer, Thomas Haley follows Julian, a man from Florida, who travels to New York for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “I live in France, but in the past ten to twelve years, I have been intrigued by developments in the US, especially after G...

Pess Conference- A Fragile Trust / Songs of the Forest / Beach Boy / The Good Son

A press conference was held on Friday, March 21, 2014 as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Samantha Grant Wiesler (A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, And Jayson Blair At The New York Times), Shirly Berkovitz (The Good Son), Anna Brass (Leaving Greece), Michael Obert (Song From The Forest) and Emil Langballe (Beach Boy). Shirly Berkovitz spoke first, whose documentary The Good Son follows a young man on his trip to Thailand to get a sex change. His paren...

Press Conference - Should I Stay or Should I Go? / Becoming an Actor / Affection to the People / Kismet @ 16th TDF

   Directors, Menelaos Karamaghiolis (Should I Stay or Should I Go?), Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (Becoming an Actor), Vassilis Douvlis (Affection to the People) and Nina Maria Paschalidou (Kismet) gave a press conference on Friday, 21 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Affection to the People is a film about the censorship of Greek films by the junta regime that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974. “I spent many years researching, because the mater...

PRESS CONFERENCE CANTOS/OFF ROAD/LIFE SENTENCES/HOUSE OF LIGHT

A press conference was held on Friday, March 21, 2014 in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Elisa Amoruso (Off Road), Charlie Petersmann (Cantos), Yaron Shani (Life Sentences) and Navina Khatib (House of Light). The documentary The House Of Light by Navina Khatib (co - directed by Alexandra Weltz) records daily life in an orphanage in Peru. Ms Khatib referred to how she came up with the subject of the film: "My first visit there was in 2007 as...

Nicolas Philibert Press Conference @ 16th TDF

French director Nicolas Philibert gave a press conference on Friday 21 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which is paying tribute to his work. “I apologize for not speaking Greek. My father, however, did study ancient Greek and this always impressed me about him,” Nicolas Philibert said in his opening remarks. Talking about the elements that link his documentaries, he said: “The first one is that I always try to “infiltrate”...

PRESS CONFERENCE- The Art of Crisis, Theatre Matters / Bref / Playing with Fire / The Lost Signal of Democracy

 Directors Christina Pitouli (Bref), Anneta Papathanasiou (Playing with fire), Yorgos Avgeropoulos (The lost signal of democracy) and Ilia Papaspyrou (The art of crisis, theatre matters) gave a press conference on Thursday, 20 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. In Bref, Christina Pitouli examines the issue of clitoridectomy, presenting interviews with African immigrants who live in Spain. The director said that she was influenced by a documentary Yorg...

PRESS CONFERENCE TIME FOR HEROES / DOLLARS FOR A SAINT / LOUIS, 7 TIMES YOU FALL, 8 TIMES YOU GET BACK ON THE HORSE

   A press conference was held on Thursday, March 20th as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Avra Georgiou (Dollars For A Saint), Yorgos Zervas (Louis, 7 Times You Fall, 8 Times You Get Back On The Horse), Kalliopi Legaki and Angelos Kovotsos (Time For Heroes) as well as Roviros Manthoulis, an important contributor to Time for Heroes. Avra Georgiou’s documentary Dollars For A Saint focuses on the five days of Dionysian revelry that take p...

PRESS CONFERENCE- APOLLONIAN STORY/THE DOG/ NO MAN’S LAND

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 a Press Conference was held in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Allison Berg (The Dog), Michael Graversen (No Man’s Land) and Dan Bronfeld and Ilan Moskovitch (Apollonian Story). Allison Berg spoke first, about her documentary The Dog, which she co-directed with Frank Keraudren. The film follows the life of John Wojtowicz, who in 1972 tried to rob a bank to pay for the sex change operation of his lover. The story...

“Just Talking” sessions of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival continued on Thursday, March 20, 2014

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The “Just Talking” sessions of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival continued on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Participating were directors Nicolas Philibert, to whose work this year’s Festival is organizing a tribute, Nina Maria Paschalidou (Κismet), Shirly Berkovitz (The Good Son), Allison Berg (The Dog), Jean-Michel Dissard (I Learn America) and Drew Taylor (Our Man In Tehran). Jean - Michel Dissard referred to his documentary, I Learn America which he directed alon...

PRESS CONFERENCE THE GODMOTHER / KALAVRYTA-PEOPLE AND SHADOWS/ ΑRΙΚΑ.Α / LIFE IN THE BORDERLANDS

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, a Press Conference was held as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Stelios Kouloglou (The Godmother), Elias Yannakakis (Kalavryta-People And Shadows), Menios Karayannis (Αrικα.Α.) and Babis Tsoutsas (Life In The Borderlands). Menios Karayannis spoke first, whose documentary ARIKA.A portrays a unique painter, Dimitri Andrianopoulos, now 80 years old, who refuses to sell his paintings, does not have...

PRESS CONFERENCE- YEARS OF FIERRO/I LEARN AMERICA /OUR MAN IN TEHRAN

A Press Conference was held on Wednesday, March 19 2014, by directors Santiago Esteinou (Years of Fierro), Jean-Michel Dissard (I Learn America) and Drew Taylor (Our Man In Tehran) as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. A particularly important issue, that of adolescent immigrants living in America and how these children are accepted into the country, is investigated in Jean-Michel Dissard a documentary I Learn America. The film takes place in the International High School of La...

PRESS CONFERENCE- "Playing... with Colours” / Instants of Life / At the Pharmacy / Dreaming

Directors Iro Siafliaki (Genevieve Clancy, Instants of Life), Myrna Tsapa (At the Pharmacy), Yannis Vamvakas (Panagiotis Tetsis "Playing... with Colours”) and Morteza Jafari (Dreaming of Democracy) gave a press conference on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Iro Siafliaki’s documentary Genevieve Clancy, Instants of Life is a portrait of French poet and philosopher Genevieve Clancy. It is based on archival material and also tes...

PRESS CONFERENCE- The Naked Room / American Commune / Brasslands

Directors Adam Pogoff and Bryan Chang (Brasslands), Nadine Mundo (American Commune) and Nuria Ibanez (The Naked Room) gave a press conference on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, in the context of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Adam Pogoff and Bryan Chang, two of the members of the “Meerkat Media” collective which made the documentary, talked about Brasslands, which follows a New York brass band, as they join half a million fans who flock to the Serbian village of Guča to attend...

PRESS CONFERENCE - WHEN I WILL BE DICTATOR / CAPULCU: VOICES FROM GEZI /JOURNEY TO THE SAFEST PLACE ON EARTH

A Press Conference was held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, as part of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were directors Yael Andre (When I Will Be Dictator), Edgar Hagen (Journey To The Safest Place On Earth) and Carlo Prevosti (Capulcu: Voices From Gezi) Director Edgar Hagen spoke first, whose documentary Journey To The Safest Place On Earth deals with the complex issue of finding a repository for nuclear waste. The director commented: "This is about all of us who use electr...

About Thessaloniki

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Vanessa McMahon Covered the 13th and 14th, and 16th edition.
Catherine Esway has covered the 12th edition of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Cécile Rittweger covered the  11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Christine Marik's reported from 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Past coverage from the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival by Bruno Chatelin.

Through its tributes, it focuses both on discovering filmmakers with a unique cinematic point of view, and on the internationally recognized for their contribution to documentary.

Contributions from Buno Chatelin

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