«With a blend of persistence, love, realism and boldness, Greek documentaries always find a unique way to tell their stories»

    THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL: Ahead of the 24th edition, Modern Times Review spoke with the Director of the Greek Programme, Eleni Androutopoulou on this year's homegrown productions, the place of Greek documentary within its wider landscape, and more.

    The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, a leading force in Southeast Europe, celebrates the art of documentary through a program of films, events and initiatives. The 24th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will be held from Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 March where 233 full-length and short film documentaries will be screened. Amongst the programme, 77 Greek produced full-length and short docs are screened as part of the three competition sections – International Competition, Newcomers and >>Film Forward – the Open Horizons section of the international program, as well as the Platform and From screen to Screen subsections.

    Ahead of the 24th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Modern Times Review spoke with Director of the Greek Programme, Eleni Androutopoulou# on this year’s homegrown productions, the place of Greek documentary within its wider landscape, and more.

    Aside from Greece being the primary country of production, what sort of criteria do the selections in the Greek Programme meet in order to feature?
    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is the vital and essential «habitat» for the promotion of Greek documentary, having drastically contributed to its evolution in the 24 years of its Festival course. The selection of the Greek program aims at an overall and complete showcasing of each year’s Greek doc production, bringing forth its multifaceted aspects and distinguishing features, as well as the various thematics tackled by Greek directors. In addition, TDF’s goal is to bring Greek filmmakers in contact with the international film community that takes part in each year’s Festival and displays a keen interest in Greek doc production. The selection of films is revolving around the Festival’s key objective, which is none other than to boost the Greek movie industry, allowing it to take centre stage both within Greek borders, but also on the international stage.

    In curating this year’s films, what common themes have you seen running throughout Greek documentary?
    The beginning of the coronavirus spreading in Greece coincided with the 22nd TDF, leading to its unavoidable . . .

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