Belgrade Revisited

I am in rainy Belgrade. Wonderful to be back in the city where the magnificent documentary film festival Magnificent7 takes place every year. At the end of January. But this is actually not the main reason for my presence… for two hours yesterday I was in the world of fiction film, playing the role of a Danish diplomat… in the first long feature film of Andrijana Stojkovic. “The Box” (PHOTO) is the title of the film… based on a true story, for the Danish diplomat the leaving from Belgrade in 1992 and his meeting with one of the main characters in the film, a young man working in a company responsible for the moving of the belongings of the diplomats out of the country.

I am going to meet with Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, the two organisers of the Magnificent7 festival, that is to celebrate the seventh edition in January 2011, the pick of four of the 7 films have been done. Titles like “48“, “Nenette“, “Zanzibar Musical Club” and “Men who Swim” are already confirmed.

I am also to meet and have a private sneak preview of the film of Mila Turajlic, “Cinema Komunisto”, which has been selected for First Appearance Competition in the upcoming idfa festival in Amsterdam.

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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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