The Film Festival in The City That Never Sleeps
On Friday, March 11, a couple of AUBG students with the initiative of the AUBG Documentary Club set off for sunny Greece and its annual documentary festival as a well-deserved spring break reward. Instead, what awaited them was a gloomy, windy, rainy Thessaloniki almost on the verge of threatening the group’s high spirit. However, as a not-so-famous saying goes ‘go see a documentary and all shall be alright.’
During the 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, held between March 11 and March 20, more than 180 documentaries were shown. Brought together under the title Images of the 21st Century, the screenings were just a fraction of the 18th edition of the festival. Among the most interesting events for me, however, were a panel discussion on the current refugee crisis and an exhibition unfolding the Greek cinema history. The films touched on topics such as racism, justice, poverty, freedom, etc. Some of the most impressive were The Fear of 13, Our Last Tango, and Homme Less.
The screenings took place in six different movie theaters, part of the Olympion Cinema Complex situated in the city port. Organized by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the event gathered sufficient popularity leaving no empty seats in the cinema theaters. Beside the organized parties, where we were given the opportunity to meet directors or other like-minded people, we also had the chance to visit the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum.
A certain sense of positivity was left in me from the Festival as well as from the city where the event took place in – the type of feeling you inquire only after you’ve been in touch with something so vibrant and lively. The soul of this city – always restless and open for those who seek adventure – perfectly collaborated with the project.
A city that never sleeps and that combines history, culture, nightlife. A city of colors not shaded even by the grimness of the unfortunate weather seems like the perfect place for an event equally that colorful. What the two have in common is the emotion they never fail to extract from you. The only way for us to re-create this emotion is through the pictures taken there.
However, to give you an idea about the Festival itself the AUBG Doc Club will organize a couple of screenings with some of the most memorable documentaries from this year. As for Thessaloniki, I can only hope for a better weather next time.