Baltic Frames Aarhus

The Baltic documentary festival in Aarhus, in the wonderful art house cinema Øst for Paradis (”East of Eden”) took off saturday with a full house screening of the classic ”Ten Minutes Older” by Herz Frank and Lithuanian Giedre Zickyte’s ”Master and Tatyana”. Sunday a seminar entitled ”Poetic Baltic Documentaries in a Contemporary Perspective” was held with Pille Rünk, Giedre Zickyte and Uldis Cekulis as speakers – I had the pleasure of being the moderator of the two hour talk that circled around the theme of ”Conversing with the Soviet Past” the theme of all the films in the festival. Zickyte’s film is mentioned, later on the sunday brought to screen Peteris Krilovs film on Gustav Klucis and Martti Helde’s impressive ”In the Crosswind” that ran in Danish cinemas November last year.

Today, monday, two films were screened, Zickyte’s ”How We Played the Revolution” and Estonian ”The Russians on Crow Island” by Sulev Keedus – tuesday Latvian Viesturs Kairiss is on screen with his Tjernobyl film, ”The Invisible City”.

It is the plan of the main organizer, The Danish Cultural Institute, to continue the festival next year, where Aarhus is one of the European Capitals.

Photo: From the left the curators Niels Bjørn Wied and Signe van Zundert, Head of the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Simon Drewsen Holmberg, Estonian film producer Pille Rünk, Lithuanian director Giedre Zickyte and Latvian producer Uldis Cekulis.

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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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