12th Magnificent Seven in Belgrade

… with the long subtitle ”European Feature Documentary Film Festival” starts on January 29 and goes on until February 4… Time for a small warm-up to this yearly celebration of the documentary film on the screen in the Sava Center in Belgrade. For one who during the year watches most documentaries on his computer it is an extraordinary experience for seven nights to sit down with around 1000 viewers to enjoy a documentary film on a big screen followed by meetings with the makers – and to be totally spoilt by the warm hospitality of Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, the festival directors, and their loyal team of young and younger film people, many of them former students of the Popovic couple, who run the Kvadrat film school in Belgrade.

I will post daily from the festival with promotional texts about the 7 films selected by the festival directors and me, plus reports from the Q&A and seminar sessions that the invited filmmakers do with the participation of local filmmakers.

The seven films of this year are, in the order of screenings: ”Our Last Tango” (German Kral), ”Twilight of a Life” (Sylvain Biegeleisen), ”Mallory” (Helena Trestikova), ”Lampedusa in Winter” (Jakob Brossmann), ”Don Juan” (Jerzy Sladkowski) , ”Brothers” (Wojciech Staron), Palio (Cosima Spender).

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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