The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam together with the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Visions du Reel, Venice Critic’s Week, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), New Zealand International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, DOX BOX and PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection call for the Sudanese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Hajooj Kuka and the four artists imprisoned with him.

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Angel Heart

του Γιάννη Σμοϊλη

Το «Angel Heart» ως έργο, κατοικεί σε μια περιοχή που βρίσκεται ανάμεσα στον «Φάουστ» (προφανώς μπορεί κανείς να το δει ως σύγχρονη ανάγνωση του αριστουργήματος του Γκαίτε, ως μια pulp εκδοχή του ίσως), το «Μωρό της Ρόζμαρι» (κυρίως σε ό,τι αφορά τον ηθοποιό σύζυγο της Ρόζμαρι που δεν ορρωδεί προ ουδενός προκειμένου να γίνει διάσημος) και το «Chinatown» (μια μοντέρνα σύλληψη του Κακού που αντιπαρατίθεται στη μυθολογική: οι εκλεκτοί του «Πρίγκιπα του Σκότους», στη μεταπολεμική Αμερική της ραγδαίας καπιταλιστικής ανάπτυξης, είναι οι πλούσιοι, συνειδητά αμοραλιστές, κυνικοί και σίγουροι ότι το χρήμα τους επιτρέπει να υπερβούν τον ηθικό νόμο). Εν ολίγοις, αυτό το «δαιμονισμένο» νέο-νουάρ, έχει να πει μερικά πράγματα για τη μοντέρνα φύση του Κακού, την απληστία και τη φιλοδοξία.

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Πίσω από την ελαφρότητα, τη χαρά, τα πάρτυ και τα ναρκωτικά που χαλαρώνουν την απελπισία της θνητότητας, θα υπάρχει πάντα η αγωνία της ύπαρξης, μια ταινία για το σήμερα, το αύριο και τους ανθρώπους που επιμένουν.

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Pain and Glory

του Πάνου Αχτσιόγλου

Σκηνοθεσία: Pedro Almodovar

Ηθοποιοί: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia

Ένας κινηματογραφιστής στη δύση της καριέρας του αναπολεί τη ζωή του: τη μητέρα του, τις ερωμένες του, τους ηθοποιούς με τους οποίους δούλεψε.

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Interview: Lauren Greenfield

The new self-destructive American Dream

By Dimitra Nikolopoulou

In Lauren Greenfield’s documentaries the extreme materialistic system reveals its sharpened teeth. The American documentary filmmaker chronicles the grandeur and the decline of a nouveau riche society that seems to ignore the dangers of being greedy. Sex, power, perfect body and fame, become currencies in the stock market of mass culture.

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Through a Glass, Darkly: a Tribute to Animated Documentary

by Jonathan Murray

Animated documentary filmmaking’s rise is one of the central innovations witnessed within twenty-first-century documentary cinema. The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s 22nd edition therefore makes a tribute to animation’s distinctive, and still-evolving, contribution to documentary art. The tribute’s 21 films trace the historical roots of short- and long-form animated documentary filmmaking. But they also facilitate an appreciation of the aesthetic, conceptual, and thematic routes that the animated documentary has since pursued. Viewed collectively, these films allow us to understand the various reasons why directors use animation within contemporary documentary work; the diverse ways in which animated documentary has changed contemporary documentary filmmaking conventions; and many of the paradigmatic subject matters and documentary theories that animated documentary filmmakers have explored to date.

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Greek Documentaries. The sum of our choices

By Giannis Smoilis

Greek documentary has a powerful presence at the 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, turning its lens towards stories, images and actions that wait patiently around us to be discovered. A total of 78 films about faces, things, feelings, places, memories, ideas, words, filled with the busting “traffic” of the real, bound to thrill, raise concerns, trigger reactions and fascinate in unexpected ways.

Greek documentarists, ready as always to grasp the pulse of the real, invite us along the paths that open up when aesthetics and truth intersect.

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Memes. (T)rap Mama and maxims

By Aggeliki Stellaki

We’ve all posted them on our social media profiles, we’ve all been amused or vexed by them, but very few of us can provide a solid definition, trace their origins or take a stand on their dizzying spread. The 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival attempts to navigate into the brave new world of memes, through a tribute that poses challenges, raises concern, but never fails to provide pure entertainment as well.

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