Documentary extravaganza in Thessaloniki

A New York music journalist embarks on a quest to unveil the truth behind the enigmatic disappearance of young Brazilian piano virtuoso Francisco Tenorio Junior in Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's 'They Shot the Piano Player,' opening this year's TiDF.

Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's "They Shot the Piano Player," an animated documentary-style exploration into the history and legacy of Brazilian bossa nova, narrated through the mysterious disappearance in 1976 of piano virtuoso Francisco Tenorio Junior, will kick off this year's Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival (TiDF), featuring both live and online screenings.

The screening will be attended by Trueba, a multi-award-winning writer, director and producer, boasting a career spanning over three decades across film, television, documentaries, theater and music. The Spanish guest will receive an honorary Golden Alexander award.

Currently in its 26th outing, TiDF, one of Europe's biggest documentary festivals, will run from March 7 to March 17 in Greece's northern port city, showcasing 112 world and European premieres. With 250 films slated over 10...

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