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11th TDF: JUST TALKING 15/03/09 (3/15/2009)

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JUST TALKING 15/3 Is objectivity what is desired in the making of a documentary film? Must a director keep an emotional distance from his film’s main character? These questions were at the heart of the first “Just Talking”, which took place on Sunday, March 15, as part of the sidebar events of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. Every afternoon, the 11th Documentary Festival invites its guests, dire...

11th TDF: JUST TALKING 15/03/09 (3/15/2009)

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JUST TALKING 15/3 Is objectivity what is desired in the making of a documentary film? Must a director keep an emotional distance from his film’s main character? These questions were at the heart of the first “Just Talking”, which took place on Sunday, March 15, as part of the sidebar events of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. Every afternoon, the 11th Documentary Festival invites its guests, dire...

Thessaloniki Diary Day 2

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Last night was a great night: I saw the film "Antoine", from Laura Bari, Canada. A very poetic movie immersing us in the fantasy of a blind child who plays to the detective.... When images are missing, other senses become  a powerful means of developing awareness and imagination.... This is the first film of Laura, who is actually a teacher specialised in children with handicaps....               After t...

11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009)

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11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS TRIBUTE: AFRICA The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, within its goal of promoting social and political awareness, has chosen Africa as its main thematic tribute for its 11th edition. For the first time in Greece and the Balkans, African documentaries rel...

11th TDF: SURPRISE FILM (3/13/2009)

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11th TDF: SURPRISE FILM (3/13/2009) SURPRISE FILM On Saturday at 20:00, 24 hours after the opening of the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, a surprise film is expected to stir vivid interest among the audience at the Olympion cinema. The multi-award winning director Oliver Stone composes a meaningful portrait of Cuba’s emblematic political leader in his documentary Looking for Fidel, screening for the...

11th TDF: OPENING CEREMONY (3/14/2009)

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OPENING CEREMONY The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century enters its second decade as of Friday, March 13, with the Opening Ceremony of the 11th edition at the Olympion Theatre. Stavros Kalafatis, Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, launched the Documentary Festival, and the screening of Chao Gan’s The Red Race followed. Despina Mouzaki, Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, welcomed the audienc...

11th TDF - OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI'S EXHIBITION (3/14/2009)

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11th TDF - OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI'S EXHIBITION (3/14/2009) OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI’S EXHIBITION “MALAWI – THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA” On Saturday, March 14th the opening of Vasia Pelegrati’s photography exhibition “Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa” took place in a particularly warm atmosphere. The exhibition is a sidebar event of the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. Dimitri Eipide...

11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE

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11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE (2/19/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 A number of 42 Greek films will be showcased in the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, allotted between the Official, Panorama and Greek Television sections. These are the most recent films from the local documentary production and are projects that have been funded and produce...

11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE

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11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE (2/19/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 A number of 42 Greek films will be showcased in the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, allotted between the Official, Panorama and Greek Television sections. These are the most recent films from the local documentary production and are projects that have been funded and produce...

Diary day 1

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Waouh!   What a satisfaction to get up in the morning and walk along a sunny seafront! Blue sky, wind, smily people, what more do you want?   Well, actually, what I would like, it's to have slept a bit longer.... I arrived to my hotel last night at 3am, at the end of an exhausting week in Paris, and didn't fall asleep before 4am... And got up at 9am, because I didn't want to miss anything crucial, like a terrible documentary or a gargantuan breakfast!!! &...

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PRESS RELEASE 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 13 – 22, 2009 The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 170 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program, to be announced next Monday, March 9th. OPENING FILM The ...

Closing Ceremony of Thessaloniki Film Festival

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CLOSING CEREMONY The 49th TIFF's journey which started 10 days ago reached its final destination on Sunday, November 23rd with the closing ceremony at the Olympion hall. Despina Mouzaki, director of TIFF thanked all the personnel and the volunteers of TIFF, the press, the critics, the jury and all the organizations that helped towards a successful 49th TIFF. She also thanked the film makers by saying: 'Thank you for trusting us with your films and for being present to 49t...

49th International Thessaloniki Film Festival, November 14-23, 2008

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49th INTERNATIONAL THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 14-23, 2008 AWARDS The jury of the International Competition Section of the 49th Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Michael Ondaatje, Writer (Canada), President Diablo Cody, Screenwriter (USA) Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Director (Turkey) Lita Stantic, Producer (Argentina) Émilie Dequenne, Actress (Belgium) David Robinson, Film critic (UK) and Dionissis Savopoul...

Ordinary Boys / Daniel Hernández

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      El-Khader is an idealist who dreams of being an actor. Rabia has studied law at university but the employment situation looks bleak and she makes ends meet working as a seamstress. Youseff is a petty drug dealer who can't afford the medical treatment that would offer him a greater degree of mobility. His brother is missing, thought to be in Afghanistan, but Youseff's search to try and discover more specific information about his whereabouts appears to be leading...

Stella / Sylvie Verheyde

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             A year in the life of a young middle school student in Paris in 1977. Eleven-year-old Stella lives outside Paris in a working-class neighborhood. Her parents run a bar and she attends a prestigious Parisian School, where she meets Gladys, the daughter of two intellectual Argentinean Jewish exiles.Through the songs of that era and the books that Stella discovers at her friend's house, she slowly enters another dime...

Avant premiere of Teo Angelopoulos' film (11/22/2008)

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  The avant premiere screening of the long-awaited film of Theo Angelopoulos The Dust of Time was held at Olympion Theater in the context of the 49th Thessloniki International Film Festival. ...

Special Honourary Ceremony/ Gustavo Santaolalla / Cafe de los Maestros

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      Honourary Ceremony  for Contribution of Gustavo Santaolalla in Music Film History yesterday at the Olympion before Cafe de los Maestros screening. ...

I am gonna explode/Gerardo Naranjo

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   This is the story of Roman and Maru, two troubled teenagers who attempt an impossible rebellion against the adult world. United in their desire to fight the immobility that they feel surrounding them, the two embark on a rebellion against everything and everyone when they decide to runaway to a place where they don't have to answer to anyone. This leads them to an accidental new intimacy in which they discover their sexuality and an intense life as a couple that both unites themand confuse...

Gustavo Santaolalla Masterclass (11/21/2008)

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GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA MASTERCLASS     Gustavo Santaolalla, the renowned Argentinian composer who has been twice awarded with the Oscar for Best Music, spoke about the way he approaches film musically, about his life and about the way he went into the music industry, during the masterclass he gave on Friday November 21st, at the John Cassavetes theatre. TIFF director Despina Mouzaki introduced Gustavo Santaolalla to the public saying he is the most important ...

Masterclass Richard Jobson (11/22/2008)

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MASTERCLASS RICHARD JOBSON     Scottish filmmaker, scriptwriter and producer Richard Jobson discussed the advantages of digital video in relation to film in his Masterclass on the 22nd of November in the Pavlos Zannas theatre. Jobson directed New Town Killers, showcased in the Special Screenings section of the 49th TIFF. Jobson, who works exclusively with digital, has already shot 4 low budget features. "A small budget is actually an advantage, as it allows...

Masterclass William Dafoe (11/22/2008)

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MASTERCLASS WILLEM DAFOE On Saturday the 22nd of November in the John Cassavetes Theatre, the Thessaloniki Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki, awarded Willem Dafoe with an honorary plaque for his contribution to the film world. The renowned American actor thanked the Festival for this honour and then proceeded with his Masterclass on acting, in the presence of Mrs Mouzaki, Festival President Georges Corraface, the Internationa...

Three Blind Mice / Matthew Newton

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Three Blind Mice / Matthew Newton With one night left before being shipped off to Iraq, three Navy officers on shore-leave hit the streets of Sydney to celebrate. The dynamic between the three friends is uneasy, and tinged with malice. Sam has more than one reason to be looking for a way out, Dean is anxious to reconnect with his girlfriend and is burdened by some kind of guilt, and Harry is full of attitude and bent on a night of excess.The focus shifts fromhow they r...

Sunny Spells first feature film from french director Diastème

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“Sunny Spells” ” Le Bruit des gens autour” is the first feature movie of the French director Diastème.   This movie takes part in the International Competition in 49th TIFF A choral movie with excellent and sensitive bunch of actors. An actor couple that have just broken up, in the role of two people who are passionately in love; a suicidal young singer; a depressed writer; a tyrannical dancer; a surly technician; and an eccentric viewer... Worlds and emot...

Athens - Istanbul is the new feature film by Nikos Panayotopoulos

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Athens - Istanbul Athens - Istanbul is the new feature film by Nikos Panayotopoulos. It is a road movie that starts in a traffic jam! The hero of the film, a depressive lawyer, after his recent divorce sets off a journey in his car with a vague pretext on visiting his sick father in Thessaloniki. His trip looks more like a runaway. Events on the National Road and the key meeting with a young wandering lady force him to play a key role in this adventure, revealing himself to his middle ...

4th Crossroad Co-Production Forum NOKIA N SERIES AWARD 2008

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The Crossroads Co-production Forum, headed by former topper of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes IFF, Marie-Pierre Macia, was held for the 4th consecutive year in the framework of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival and came to a close on Wednesday, November 19th, with the presentation of its ΝΟΚΙΑ N Series Award to a film project, accompanied by 10.000 euros. The jury, consisting of Virginie Devesa (Umedia), Mira Staleva (Sofia Meetings)...

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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.

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