Catherine Villepoux: Ariane Mnouchkine

”L’aventure du théatre du Soleil” is the subtitle of the film on Ariane Mnouchkine, the founder of Théatre du Soleil (in 1964), indeed an adventure it is, and very competently conveyed through wonderful archive from her work as the innovative theatre director, interviews with her on a long life in questioning the role of the theatre, the political theatre, the constant hymn to people. It is full of Life this documentary because of Mnouchkine and her enormous charisma. Great how she very angrily talks about how les Halles in the middle of Paris was turned into nothing where it could have been a place for the arts. Based on the archive and a lot of footage from rehearsals and performances, the film shows the extraordinary method of Mnouchkine, the importance of the music, spectaculaire it is, very interesting, and with interviews with actors. Her enthusiasm, her greeting the audience. Her political actions. A certain way of having contact with the audience, a respect. Quel plaisir! And for the film enthusiasts, archive interview with her father, the producer Alexandre, born in St. Petersburg, and clips from her film ”Molière”.

France, 2008, 74 mins.  

Repeats on arte: 13.12.2009 à 01:15, 14.12.2009 à 10:15

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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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