Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

What a wonderful surprise, and well deserved it is, that the Russian documentary Linar opened the festival in Thessaloniki Greece. Here is the text from the newsletter of the festival that always has a highly professional communication activity.

A deeply touching human story, starring a young real life hero, will kickstart the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival on Friday, March 14, at the Olympion theater. Nastia Tarasova’s documentary Linar follows the odyssey of Linar, a Russian boy who travels to Italy to receive a heart transplant. Tarasova narrates with sensitivity Linar’s adventure and the relationships he forms with the people who take care of him, highlighting his inspirational courage and will. The film will have its European premiere in Thessaloniki.

The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will take place from March 14 to March 23. Screenings will be held in the following Festival theaters: Olympion, Pavlos Zannas, John Cassavetes, Stavros Tornes, Frida Liappa and Tonia Marketaki. Through its diverse film lineup, which includes documentaries from around the world as well as a parallel programme consisting of discussions, masterclasses and an exhibition, the Festival aspires to raise awareness on crucial contemporary issues.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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