Catch the Moment – about Marianne Greenwood

Make extraordinary film about ordinary people, and ordinary films about extraordinary characters! It is very easy to apply this slogan to the film about Marianne Greenwood, a citizen of the world, an adventurer, a writer and photographer. A woman with an enormous Life appetite, a woman who easily fell in love, had children she did not take care of, a woman without an address for decades.

With a straight forward narrative structure the two Swedish filmmakers has put together a film that consists of a long, good interview with the almost 90 year old woman, mixed with a lot of her photos, quotes from her many books (in the Swedish version read by wonderful Bergman actress Gunnel Lindblom) and images from where she went on her Life journey. She took important photos from the jungles of Indian tribes, she lived with the indigenous people, ”I was never a tourist”, she mingled with and photographed Picasso and Jacques Prévert in Antibes, and was said to have been the lover of Evert Taube, the Swedish troubadour.

… one of these documentaries where you are entertained the whole way through. because you first of all have met a charismatic, humorous character. Greenwood died in 2006 and the film ends with her been given a big prize in New York for her pioneer photography work and with the announcement of an exhibition at the Etnographic Museum in Stockholm.

The film was shown on SVT at 8pm in March, and on DR/TV at 00.20 also in March. Prime time and poooost prime time. Is this the current difference between documentary policy in Sweden and Denmark, this Danish person asks?

Catch the Moment,2008. Titti Johnson and Helgi Felixson, 52 mins.

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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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