‘Blood Brother’ sweeps audience award at Thessaloniki Doc Fest

Steve Hoover’s “Blood Brother,” about a young American helping HIV-positive children at an India orphanage, scooped the Audience Award in the international section of the annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival this weekend.

The Audience Award for a Greek film went to “The Grocer” by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, which tells the story of a traveling grocer in the Pindus mountain range.

Diego Gutierrez’s bittersweet portrait of a changing relationship over the years in “Parts of a Family” picked up the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize for a foreign documentary while, in the Greek selection, the jury gave top honors to Panayotis Evangelidis for his documentary “They Glow in the Dark,” a poignant tale of companionship between two men suffering from HIV.