All right, here it comes, on the last day of 2013, from filmkommentaren’s travelling observer of the documentary worldwide. The film lists below are based on screenings at festivals, in cinemas or online via vod’s, or via dvd’s. These are films that one way or the other made an impression on me, either to be placed in the “Best of” or in the Talent category. If you are a reader of the many hitlists coming up right now, you might wonder why “Act of Killing” and “Stories We Tell” are not there – they were on the 2012 list. Except for one film from 2011, “Hachazos”, that I saw a couple of years after it was made and could not resist, the films are from 2012 and 2013 – and there are even a couple which have just started or are about to start their tour around the world. There is no priority in the lists that I have made.
Criteria? Not really, except for Quality but if you look for some kind of directions, let me say that I agree very much with Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) who says:
“Films that only have content have already been done,”… “All disciplines need innovation, and innovation comes more readily through form than through substance.”
Hope you have enjoyed filmkommentaren.dk in 2013 – the photo is from a garden in Copenhagen, the tree was given to Tue Steen Müller, as a gift from wonderful women of the Prague-based IDF (Institute of Documentary Film) a handful of years ago. The name of the tree is “the documentary tree”, colourful, shining, energetic…
Happy New Year!