International Competition

The phrase “Touch me not,” addressed by the Risen Christ to Mary Magdalene before his empty tomb, according to the Gospel of John (20:17), has served as our lodestar in selecting and classifying the ten films in the International Competition Section of the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The issues arising from this phrase (social, racial, gender-related, psychoanalytical and above all profoundly political) run through the films, prompting us to see them in many different ways.

  • Advocate
    Advocate Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche 2019, Israel, Canada, Switzerland
    Lea Tsemel is a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented Palestinian defendants in court for nearly 50 years, without prejudice: from feminists to fundamentalists; from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. A ...

  • African Mirror
    African Mirror Mischa Hedinger 2019, Switzerland
    For decades, famous Swiss traveler, photographer and filmmaker René Gardi (1909-2000) recorded in his archives a distorted image of the African continent and its inhabitants. Confirming the European imaginary which ...

  • Amygdaliá
    Αμυγδαλιά Christina Phoebe 2019, Greece
    “Amygdaliá” is a tree that blooms just before spring. It is also the word that haunts the director as a child, when she first arrives in greece. Her experiences merge ...

  • Animus Animalis (A Story about People, Animals and Things)
    Animus Animalis (istorija apie žmones, žvėris ir daiktus) Aistė Žegulytė 2018, Lithuania
    A taxidermist, a deer farmer and a museum employee guide us around a bizarre world, in which the line between reality and artificiality becomes imperceptible. Set up in fabricated nature’s ...

  • Fossils
    Απολιθώματα Panos Arvanitakis 2019, Greece
    Greek Public Power Corporation’s activities in Eordaea, northern Greece, have transformed the area, making it look alien, unusual; a never-ending process, where man and machine set the stage for an ...

  • In Touch
    In Touch Paweł Ziemilski 2018, Poland, Iceland
    As the population of a tiny Polish village – whose name means “old blood” – is dramatically reduced after a massive immigration wave to Iceland, the older generations struggle to ...

  • Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul
    Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul Alessio Romenzi, Francesca Mannocchi 2018, Italy, Germany
    According to a Biblical saying, the children are punished for their parents’ sins. But, is this the case with the orphans that ISIS suicide bombers left behind in Iraq? The ...

  • Lemebel
    Lemebel Joanna Reposi Garibaldi 2019, Chile, Colombia
    A biographical treatment of the life of Chilean visual artist and writer Pedro Lemebel – a journey through creative art and resistance in a conservative society, all the way from ...

  • Midnight Traveler
    Midnight Traveler Hassan Fazili 2019, USA, Qatar, Canada, UK
    When the Taliban regime puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country. Exposing the absurd brutality that drives a family to a ...

  • Normal
    Normal Adele Tulli 2019, Italy, Sweden
    A mosaic of everyday snapshots, filmed throughout Italy, that portray the paths through which male and female identities are inscribed into people’s frame of mind. A documentary that captures the ...

03 March 2019
15:30 Lemebel | Lemebel OLYMPION ID: 214
18:00 Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul | Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul OLYMPION ID: 215
04 March 2019
15:45 Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul | Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 344
16:00 Normal | Normal OLYMPION ID: 314
18:00 African Mirror | African Mirror OLYMPION ID: 315
18:15 Lemebel | Lemebel FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 345
05 March 2019
15:45 Animus Animalis (A Story about People, Animals and Things) | Animus Animalis (istorija apie žmones, žvėris ir daiktus) OLYMPION ID: 414
16:00 African Mirror | African Mirror FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 444
17:45 Advocate | Advocate OLYMPION ID: 415
18:30 Normal | Normal FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 445
06 March 2019
15:30 Advocate | Advocate FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 544
18:00 In Touch | In Touch OLYMPION ID: 515
18:15 Animus Animalis (A Story about People, Animals and Things) | Animus Animalis (istorija apie žmones, žvėris ir daiktus) FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 545
07 March 2019
15:30 In Touch | In Touch FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 644
15:45 Midnight Traveler | Midnight Traveler OLYMPION ID: 614
18:00 Fossils | Απολιθώματα OLYMPION ID: 615
08 March 2019
18:00 Midnight Traveler | Midnight Traveler FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 745
18:00 Amygdaliá | Αμυγδαλιά OLYMPION ID: 715
23:00 Fossils | Απολιθώματα FRIDA LIAPPA ID: 747
09 March 2019
22:30 Amygdaliá | Αμυγδαλιά JOHN CASSAVETES ID: 857

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