Rolling Stones film raises cur­tain on Thes­sa­loniki Doc Fes­ti­val

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A movie about the Rolling Stones 2016 Latin Amer­ica tour, which cul­mi­nated in their first-ever con­cert in Cuba, will open this year’s Thes­sa­loniki Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val (TDF) tonight.

Shot by Bri­tish di­rec­tor Paul Dug­dale, “The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole! A Trip Across Latin Amer­ica” takes au­di­ences be­hind the scenes as the vet­eran rock­ers tour the re­gion for the first time in 10 years. As ev­er­green front­man Mick Jag­ger and the rest of the band play sta­di­ums in Chile, Ar­gentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Colom­bia and Mex­ico, ne­go­ti­a­tions are tak­ing place for a free show in Ha­vana.

The Rolling Stones formed in Lon­don in 1962, three years af­ter Fidel Cas­tro led his bearded rebels to the vic­to­ri­ous rev­o­lu­tion that ousted US-backed dic­ta­tor Ful­gen­cio Batista.

In its 19th an­nual it­er­a­tion, the TDF will host more more than 213 non­fic­tion films – in­clud­ing 64 lo­cal productions – on a wide range of themes in­volv­ing pol­i­tics, mi­gra­tion, art and the en­vi­ron­ment. Or­ga­niz­ers will launch two brand­new sec­tions on cinema and food.

Hosted at the flag­ship Olym­pion and Pav­los Zan­nas cin­e­mas on Aris­totelous Square and the red­brick and steel com­plex on the docks, the 10-day event runs through Sun­day, March 12.

Or­ga­niz­ers have pre­pared trib­utes to award-win­ning Rus­sian di­rec­tor Vi­taly Man­sky and Ital­ian avant-garde film­mak­ing duo Yer­vant Gianikian and An­gela Ricci Luc­chi.

The fes­ti­val will also pay homage to pi­o­neer­ing art critic and au­thor John Berger, who died in early Jan­uary at the age of 90. The English­man, whose ground­break­ing 1972 BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries and book “Ways of See­ing” is cred­ited with trans­form­ing the way in which a gen­er­a­tion in­ter­acted with and un­der­stood art, is the sub­ject of two doc­u­men­tary films in this year’s lineup.

A scene from ‘The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole! A Trip Across Latin Amer­ica.’

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