Arunas Matelis: Wonderful Losers/ Poster

It’s not only because he is Danish… but also because it is such a good poster that reflects, what the film is about, the hard job that Chris Anker Sørensen (nickname in Danish: Oksen fra Hammel) and many others have as road bicycle riders. “Wonderful Losers” yes, who don’t give up easily. Arunas Matelis, the director of this already two times awarded film found a part of the dialogue that Sørensen has in the film with the doctors in the car that follows:

Doctor (in driving doctors car) : Ask him if he hit his head…   Did you hit your head? He’s not even answering! Hold on! – Do you have a problem?  
Sørensen (next to the car) : Just… I don’t remember anything.  
D: You don’t remember?
S: No. 
D: Does your head hurt?  Are you hurt? Stop! No, it doesn’t hurt very seriously, but he doesn’t remember anything.  
Hold on! Do you remember falling?
S: Yes… I fell… I remember…  
D: What? 
S: Only a small part…  
D: Do you remember only a small part? 
S: Yes, yes, yes.  
D: Can you see well or foggy? What about eyes? Can you see well?
S:  Yes, yes, well. I remember my name…
D:  Ok.
S:  I also remember my daughters… 
D: He remembers his daughters names. Good. If anything changes, if you feel sick, tell us! If you feel like vomiting… Well, he says he remembers what his daughters are called.  
… Arunas Matelis: About Chris Anker Sørensen – Although his role in the film is small, it is essential to me. When Mark Olexa captured him with his camera, I was convinced – I can do the film. Paradoxical as it may seem, the man keeps on pedalling even confused, having no recollection of falls, and maybe – the direction to where he’s going. He keeps on moving, never stops even for a little break to clean up the wounds or to reassure the doctors in the medical car that everything’s all right. All he remembers is his children’s names. This could only happen in a documentary!
Photographer Gintas Berzinskas, poster designer Justinas Dadonas.
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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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