Thessaloniki Documentary Festival reveals first titles
by Joseph Proimakis
- Oscar contenders and prominent filmmakers headline the festival’s last edition under director Dimitri Eipides
The latest works by prominent documentary filmmakers, Oscar-nominated films and intimate portraits of renowned artists are some of the highlights of the 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, set to be showcased in the country’s top documentary gathering this March. This will be Dimitri Eipides’ last time at Thessaloniki, as the outgoing artistic director and pioneering leader of the documentary festival has already announced that he will be stepping down after this year’s edition.
Racing Extinction, Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos’ new documentary, will depict the horror of the mass extinction of endangered animal species, while Arto Halonen’s White Rage will focus on school bullying, with records of a victim’s poignant testimony of childhood trauma, rage and violence.
In Claire Simon’s The Woods Dreams Are Made of [+see also:
film profile], nature will shelter outcasts, artists and people living in their own utopia in Paris’ Bois de Vincennes, while late pioneering documentarian Albert Maysles’ last work, In Transit, will take us aboard theEmpire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route. Filled with both touching and difficult moments, Chantal Akerman’s swan song, No Home Movie [+see also:
film profile], is a portrait of her mother Natalia, an Auschwitz survivor who suffered from chronic anxiety and became a major influence on the Belgian auteur’s work.
Adam Benzine’s and Courtney Marsh’s two short documentary Oscar contenders will be screened during the 18th TDF, with the former’s Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah chronicling the titular French filmmaker’s struggle as he made his milestone Holocaust documentary Shoah, and the latter’s Hyperlink, introducing us to a Vietnamese Agent Orange-afflicted teenager determined to be a professional artist.
Moreover, Amy Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue will present a rocking portrait of legend Janis Joplin, Aaron Brookner’s Uncle Howard [+see also:
film profile] will pay homage to Howard Brookner, director of the 1980s indie art-scene film Burroughs: The Movie, and Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak will shine a spotlight on Armenian-Turkish photography master Ara Güler’s life and work in The Eye of Istanbul.