Astra Film Festival/ 2

As stated above10 films are listed in the international competition of the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu in Romania. Among them are films that have made an impression on this blogger at other festivals like Petr Lom’s ”Back to the Square” from the revolution in Egypt, Dana Budisavljevic’ ”Family Meals”, an intimate look at the director’s family’s lack of communication about subjects ”not to be mentioned”, made in a warm and entertaining way, as well as the strong and intense portrait of a couple in constant trouble in ”Phnom Penh” by the big talent from Poland, Pawel Kloc. How we meet another culture is the theme of ”Solar Eclipse” by Martin Marecek from Czech Republic, funny and thought-provoking.

The festival also hosts the second session of ”DocStories Black Sea”. Apart from tutoring the projects of the workshop, Petr Lom will do a masterclass named ”Profession Documentarist”, American Rick Minnich will show his ”Forgetting Dad”, a personal and investigative film, Serbian Goran Radovanovic will present and talk about his docufiction ”With Fidel Whatever Happens”, and French producer Serge Gordey will do a session on web documentaries and interactive storytelling.

The workshop is run by Romanian Ileana Stanculescu and Georgian Artchil Khetagouri, both directors, their last film being ”Noosfera”, reviewed on this blog. I will be there as well, as a tutor.

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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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