The movies by radical filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter outline the calamitous desire of humanity to place our planet under control – Director’s vission will cross paths with the 25th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival tribute

The 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival’s tribute will introduce a prolific documentarist to the audience: the multifaceted Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, who reconfigures reality into cinematic works of art.



25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival – Competition Sections: World premieres and a «ticket» to the Oscars – A total of 32 world, international and European film premieres take part

Featuring an impressive number of premieres, the competition sections of the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival make a pledge to offer you the experiences of a lifetime. A total of 32 world, international and European film premieres take part in the International Competition, the Newcomers competition section and the >>Film Forward competition section. All competing documentaries are in the pole position for the 6 official awards, as well as for the 14 parallel awards, most of which are accompanied by cash prizes.


A Tribute to the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

The 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival will be held from Thursday 2 to Sunday 12 March 2023, both in physical spaces and online. A total of 237 short and full-length documentaries will be screened in the Festival’s historic home turf, the Olympion and Pavlos Zannas theaters, as well as in the Port’s theaters, Frida Liappa, Tonia Marketaki, John Cassavetes and Stavros Tornes, as well as in the Makedonikon theater. In addition, the audience is given the chance to watch films online too, through the Festival’s digital platform This year’s lineup showcases a total of 99 world, international and European premieres, marking a TiDF all-time record number!


Discover 61 fascinating Greek documentaries in the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

Vibrant and exciting, the Greek documentaries take center stage at the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, which will be held from 2 to 12 March 2023 both in physical spaces and online. A total of 61 full-length and short documentaries from Greece will be screened at the three competition sections, International Competition, Newcomers and >>Film Forward, as well as in the Open Horizons, NextGen, Platform and From screen to Screen sections.


The 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival’s tribute to beloved documentarist Stavros Psillakis unveils stories of everyday people often caught in borderline situations

The Festival hosts a tribute to one of the most recognizable voices of Greek documentary, director and producer Stavros Psillakis, whose films observe the world that surrounds us and contemplates on the human psyche. Within the framework of the tribute, ten of his documentaries will be screened. In addition, Stravros Psillakis will be awarded an honorary Golden Alexander as part of a special screening event.


«The heart signifies everything from truth to being the ultimate seal of disapproval. And deep in every person’s story we’ll always find blood» – The visual identity of the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

For the poster of the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, they asked the artist to draw inspiration from the heart, our inner map and eyes in a world that is constantly getting bigger and smaller at the same time. In cinema, as well as in the arts as a whole, the heart stands as an ever-lasting symbol, a reminder of the human condition, whether filled with joy or broken in pieces.


25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival: Tribute «Adio kerida: From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz – 80 years»

March 15, 1943: The first train bound for the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz departs from Thessaloniki. March 2023: 80 years later, the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival organizes a tribute, honoring the memory of the Jewish community of the city, that was exterminated during World War II. Bringing to the fore painful testimonies and shocking facts, the films of the tribute «Adio kerida*: From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz – 80 years» shed light to one of the darkest pages in world history. Τhe unhealed universal trauma act as a reminder and warning for the future.

*Adio kerida (or Adiós querida): A traditional Sephardic love song, written in Ladino, talks about separation, love, death. According to an urban legend of the Jewish community, ««Goodbye beloved» was sung by the Jewish people, just before entering the trains that would take them to the Nazi concentration camps.

The most shocking record of the horror of the Holocaust, «Shoah» (1985) by Claude Lanzmann, which has been voted the best documentary of all time by many film theorists, will be screened as part of the tribute. The mind-blowing 566-minute documentary will be screened in its full version.

Lanzmann worked non-stop for 11 years, conducting interviews with prison guards, witnesses and ex-Nazis and explored in depth the historical, anthropological and cultural impact of the Holocaust. A true cinematic accomplishment, Shoah ensures that the Holocaust will never be doomed to historical oblivion or fall under the excuse of ignorance.

In a special event, the power of music and the magic of cinema will come together on the stage of the Olympion theater. The «Golem» (1920) is an allegory for the tragic fate that would soon befall the Jews and is one of the first films to address issues of anti-Semitism. Directed by Paul Wegener and Carl Boese, this rare iconic film from the beginnings of German expressionism, paved the way for masterpieces such as Nosferatu and Metropolis.

The film draws inspiration from a medieval Jewish legend and today, beyond its historical value, is recognized as a cult science fiction gem. Beloved director and musician Yannis Veslemes wrote specially for the event an original score, which will be played live during the screening of the film.

The shocking film «Heroes of Salonika» (2021) by Tom Barkay focuses on the horrors of daily life inside the concentration camps. Six Jews from Thessaloniki, survivors of the Holocaust, most of whom live in Israel, describe in chilling detail the tortures, the extermination methods, the diseases, the starvation, the experiments they underwent. It is one of the rare times that we feel so deeply the brutality of Nazism and the extent of this universal crime.

In «Salonique, ville du silence» (2006), director Maurice Amaraggi, born in Thessaloniki, pays tribute to the glorious multicultural past of the city, called «Jerusalem of the Balkans», which comes into conflict with the narrative of a single national identity that prevailed after the end of the Balkan Wars. Combining images from the modern city with testimonies of Holocaust survivors, this nostalgic revival attempts to break the silence on the tragic fate of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki.

In the heartbreaking documentary «Children in Hiding» (2011) by Vassilis Loules, five elderly Greek Jews recount the terrifying experiences they had in occupied Greece during the Second World War.

Through the words and stories of people who lived the horror firsthand, we too become participants in a tragedy that will never cease to concern all of humanity.

The documentary «By-standing and Standing-by» (2012) by Fofo Terzidou traces both the rich history of the populous and thriving Jewish community of Thessaloniki and the less prominent path of the Jewish community of Katerini.

Through testimonies, evidence and analyses from historians, the film deals with the ever-present issue of official historical memory, exploring the destructive stereotypes that continue to this day to create prejudices and maintain the silence of the most inhumane crimes.

The full line-up of the tribute will be announced soon.

«Ιστορία (ίες) του Σινεμά»: 267 λεπτά που συμπυκνώνουν ιδανικά την κινηματογραφική διαθήκη του Ζαν-Λυκ Γκοντάρ – Μία από τις 100 καλύτερες ταινίες όλων των εποχών σύμφωνα με το έγκυρο βρετανικό περιοδικό «Sight & Sound»

Πριν λίγες ημέρες, ένα από τα σημαντικότερα περιοδικά για τον Κινηματογράφο, το βρετανικό «Sight & Sound», παρουσίασε τις 100 καλύτερες ταινίες όλων των εποχών, έτσι όπως τις ψήφισαν 1639 ειδικοί του Σινεμά. Στη λίστα, συμπεριλαμβάνονται 4 ταινίες του Ζαν-Λυκ Γκοντάρ. Ανάμεσα τους και το θρυλικό «Ιστορία (ίες) του Σινεμά / Histoire(s) du Cinema», το οποίο κυκλοφορεί για πρώτη φορά σε εμπορική διανομή στην Ελλάδα, από την Πέμπτη 15 Δεκεμβρίου.


«Κολέκτιβ»: To συγκλονιστικό ντοκιμαντέρ του Αλεξάντερ Ναναού παρουσιάζει την δημοσιογραφική έρευνα που αποκάλυψε το κύκλωμα διαφθοράς στην Ρουμανία και ανάγκασε την κυβέρνηση να παραιτηθεί

Το 2015, μία πυρκαγιά στο κλαμπ Colectiv στο Βουκουρέστι αφήνει 27 νεκρούς και 180 τραυματίες. Σύντομα, περισσότεροι από τους τραυματίες αρχίζουν να πεθαίνουν στα νοσοκομεία από τραύματα που δεν θα έπρεπε να είναι θανατηφόρα. Μία γιατρός σπάει τη σιωπή και μιλάει σε μια ομάδα δημοσιογράφων. Η μία αποκάλυψη οδηγεί στην άλλη, καθώς οι δημοσιογράφοι αρχίζουν να ανακαλύπτουν μία τεράστια ιατρική απάτη. Το συγκλονιστικό ντοκιμαντέρ του Αλεξάντερ Ναναού, κυκλοφορεί στις Κινηματογραφικές Αίθουσες, από την Πέμπτη 14 Οκτωβρίου.


«Dolphin Man»: Το εξαιρετικό ντοκιμαντέρ του Λευτέρη Χαρίτου για τον Ζακ Μαγιόλ, τον δύτη από τον οποίο εμπνεύστηκε ο Λυκ Μπεσόν το θρυλικό «Απέραντο Γαλάζιο»

Το ντοκιμαντέρ «Dolphin Man» του Λευτέρη Χαρίτου ξετυλίγει τη ζωή του θρυλικού δύτη Ζακ Μαγιόλ, από τον οποίο εμπνεύστηκε ο Λυκ Μπεσόν το «Απέραντο Γαλάζιο». Ο Ζαν Μαρκ Μπαρ, ο οποίος υποδύθηκε τον Μαγιόλ στην ταινία του Μπεσόν, αναλαμβάνει τον ρόλο αφηγητή με αφορμή μια υπέροχη συνάντηση που είχε με τον δύτη το 1988. Μία όμορφη ταινία τεκμηρίωσης κι ένα μοναδικό ταξίδι στον βυθό της θάλασσας. Προβάλλεται διαδικτυακά και δωρεάν την Πέμπτη 22 Απριλίου με αφορμή την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Γης.