Cinédoc-Tbilisi 2017

With its fifth edition the organisers of this still very young Tbilisi Georgian festival, director Archil Khetagouri and coordinator Ileana Stanculescu, took the decision to move the event from October to May 11-16. Argumentation: Too much happens in October. And my additional argument: Weather must be better in May. I am happy to be able to check that out myself, as the two mentioned have invited me back to a city and a festival I like very much. Regarding the weather: Outdoor screenings are planned.

About the program – there is an international competition, a focus Caucasus, a CivilDOC section, including a pitching session for NGO’s matched with filmmakers, and a CinéDOC Young competition.

There are so many good film titles to be mentioned, let me drop

some names from the international competition: ”A Marriage Story” by Helena Trestikova, ”Normal Autistic Film” by Miroslav Janek, ”You have No Idea How Much I love You” by Pawel Lozinski, ”Woman and the Glacier” by Audrius Stonys and ”Hello I am David” by Cosima Lange. And in the Caucasus section ”Didube, the Last Stop” by Shorena Tevzadze, reviewed on this site a couple of days ago.

Lithuania is the guest country, which means that films by Giedre B(einoriute) and Giedre Z(ickyte) will be played and there will be a longer Q&A with Audrius Stonys, that I have been asked to moderate, with pleasure! And the ”filmmaker in Focus” is Finnish Pirjo Honkasalo with three of her films to be shown, ”A Diary of an Urben Priest” (2009), ”Tanjuska and the Seven Devils” (1993) and ”Three Rooms of Melancholia” (2004). A masterclass will be organised with the master!

A section is called ”Erotic Dox”, where the fine ”Venus” (photo) by Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen is to be found. The film goes around the world and happy to say, from a Danish perspective, runs in Danish cinemas with success.

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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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