Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

Orestis Andreadakisv is a film critic , festival organizer and artistic director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF).

What is the focus of this year’s edition? Do you have a theme for the films selected in the festival this year?

This year we celebrate the 20th edition of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and on this occasion we had a different approach to selecting the ten films in the International Competition section. Our guiding compass has been Georges Perec’s well-known novel Life a User’s Manual, a book with over 2000 characters and hundreds of stories, highlighting life as a puzzle that can never be solved. Perec challenges the reader in a mental game that tackles concepts such as time, memory, happiness, life and death. He was a member of the literary movement OuLiPo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle) which focused on the concept of the game, so this year we created our own “game” and called it OuFeCiPo (Ouvroir de Festival Cinématographique Potentiel), an alternative way to select, watch, review and reflect on films.

Why this approach?

We thought that selecting the films this way makes the selection a creative process that marks our devotion to the art of documentary making and we created a program that reflects all faces and hues of human life around the globe, and exposes a mosaic of stories, highlighting the world as it was, as it is and as we would like it to be.

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