Baltic Sea Forum 2012/ 2

First day of pitching at Baltic Sea Forum in Riga taking place at the Albert Hotel on the top floor of the hotel, that has Albert Einstein quotes everywhere (!) – and a beautiful view to the city of the capital of Latvia, including a glimpse of one of the art nouveau buildings built by the father of Sergey Eisenstein. ”Flying Monk’s Temple” from experienced Latvian producer Uldis Cekulis (VFS Films) opened the session that had twelve projects, a mix of film proposals from new directors and producers, new directors and established producers, and filmmakers like Russian Vitaly Manskiy whose project ”The Pipeline” was presented by German producer Simone Baumann.

Thematically Russia and Russians were, like at most of the sixteen Baltic Sea Fora, on the agenda this first day. The Estonian ”Not My Land” was about Estonians of Russian origin, whose allotment gardens are threatened by the planned enlargement of the airport in Tallinn. The Russian ”Playing Paper Games” was an insight to how the presidential election March this year was seen from the humorous point of view of an observer from an opposition party in provincial city of Saratov. Totally different in tone and aesthetics was ”To Sing” by Russian young director Olga Korotkaya (photo), whose producer is Polish Dorota Roszkowska, offering the panel what looks like having potential to become an extraordinary film about two female throat singers in Tuva – who are not allowed to sing in public. Also Russian in theme was the Estonian producer Marianna Kaat’s ”New Silk Way” to be directed by Russian Evdokia Moskvina, an intriguing story about Russian women who go to China to find goods they can sell with profit in Russia.

The day ended with ”The Term”, a project about Russia today, in the trailer presented through direct cinema material from demonstrations, material not seen before unless you follow the work on

by the pitching producer, Estonian Maxim Tuula, described as an alternative tv channel. With names like Pavel Kostomarov, Rastorguev and Swiss Antoine Cattin the idea is to make a film out of this material, using the method that stands behind the films ”I love You” and ”I don’t Love You”.

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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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