Thessaloniki Documentary Festival reveals strong partial line-up
by Joseph Proimakis
- Oscar nominees, regular attendees and a shelved Hitchcock project are among the delights to be featured at Thessaloniki’s 17th documentary gathering
Currently preparing for its 17th edition (to be held from 13-22 March), the annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century is slowly revealing its line-up, headlined by Oscar contenders and regular attendees, along with a shelved Hitchcock project unearthed decades after its original production.
Wim Wenders’ collaboration with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado in The Salt of the Earth [+see also:
film profile] will be examining a master of lighting, celebrated Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado, who voices the Oscar-nominated documentary offering a kaleidoscopic worldview of modern times. Fellow Oscar contender Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga [+see also:
film profile], executive-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, will be blending genres in a suspenseful chronicle of a group of park rangers’ efforts to protect the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s titular National Park from the fallout from the area’s political struggles.
Meanwhile, multi-award-winning documentarian Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall will bring to light an Alfred Hitchcock project shot by British filmmakers during the liberation at the end of World War II, which was then shelved for 70 years due to political reasons. Also politically charged, Michael Matheson Miller’s Poverty Inc will underline the West’s involvement in the vicious circle of global poverty, Ahmad Jalali Farahani’s We Are Journalists will expose the shocking brutality used against the press in Iran, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas will focus on an undocumented immigrant’s life in limbo in the USA with Documented.
Reserving a spot for its regulars, the TDF will once again welcome Kim Longinotto with Dreamcatcher [+see also:
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