60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival: From “The Nest” to “A Voluntary Year”

Everyone who reads this blog, can easily relate to the assumption on which Ulrich Köhler’s and Henner Winckler’s movie A voluntary year is based. We are all familiar to leave everything behind and seize one of our possible futures. And the movie is exactly about that. The main character Jette is a twenty-something German girl […]

60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival: Papicha

1997, the Algerian Civil War, the social climate becomes more conservative, new bans are set by the radicals. They want to make women to cover up, literally from head to toe. Women are forbidden from going to work and from being educated at university. If not, fundamentalists are ready to show up and violently convince […]

Our reviews of 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

— A voluntary year (2019) by Ulrich Kölher/Henner Winckler – Round Midnight Author: Francesco Cirica Urs wants his daughter to take a Voluntary year in Costa Rica, but she doesn’t think the same. Kölher and Winckler mix slice of life with a little surrealistic touch to address from an unexpected point of view a story […]

In Touch – Between Black Mirror and real life

Between popular Netflix series Black Mirror and real life, director Paweł Ziemilski takes us to a universe in which people connect to each other only through Skype and video conferencing. The documentary is called ‘In Touch’, and had its first screening in Greece at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, where it was awarded with the ‘Human […]

TIFF Encounters: Mark Samsonovich, animator for We the Animals

From the 1st till the 11st of November, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place. Balkan Hotspot was there to talk to the crew involved in the making of some of the movies. This first article is about our encounter with Mark Samsonovich, the animator for We the Animals (2018).