Cinedoc Tbilisi Starts Tonight

Arriving to Rustaveli Palace Hotel in Tbilisi this morning after two flights from Copenhagen. Five hours of sleep and then out to re-discover lovely Tbilisi ending up with a cappuccino and a chacha outside the Marco Polo restaurant, where Current Time TV’s Kenan Aliyev and his Georgian filmmaker friend were sitting. Kenan told me that he intends to continue – with his Russian language channel – to support emerging filmmakers and he is also here to hand out awards during the Civil Pitch, as he did in Kiev at the DocuDays. A small looking back: This restaurant was some years ago the breakfast place for – among others – Latvian Uldis Cekulis and British Peter Symes. We had – Georgian tradition – at least in the countryside it was said – a morning chacha to give us a kick before the tutoring of documentarians at the Goethe Institute closeby.

And then off to Amirani theatre, where most of the screenings will take place. To collect the bag with the badge and the program, and to say hello to Artchil Khetagouri and Ileana Stanculescu, the two festival directors. They were there surrounded by a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers preparing for the opening night, carrying wine to the cinema lobby as you can see on the photo.

The opening film is “Transparent World” by Georgian Vakhtang Kuntsev-Gabashvili, warm and wonderful it is, here is the description of the film:

“Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child.

Today Beka is 26 years old… His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. Father’s patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent…”

Back to my festival bag, where there was also to be found a football shirt and football shorts and a whistle… There is a film about football, Romanian called “Infinite Football”, about a man who wants to change the rules of the noble game. “They”, the festival organisers, want me to be the referee of the match that is a test of the rules… Oooh, I am already dead nervous. Not Kenan from Current Time: I want to play!

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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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