Cinema du Réel Report 1

I am sitting in the niveau -1 in the Centre Pompidou. This is where the acceuil for the Cinema du Réel is situated. As always in the Centre during the festival, it is difficult to create anything just close to be called a joyful or cosy atmosphere. I love the Centre Pompidou, as an old librarian, I am so happy to see all the people who go to read books, or seek information online, or watch films in the library – but for a festival it has never been a good place. It is difficult to meet the filmmakers, people come here to get their papers, go to the cinemas (there are three of them), watch films, this is how it is and always has been. And it’s ok like that. Of course it is. Coffee drinking and talking can be done elsewhere in the small cafés around Beaubourg.

We got the catalogue, we made our day plan, I wanted to go to the videotheque to watch some films, that have already passed, but all booths were occupied.

Impressions… the wall of news clips are full. The festival has got its mention in le Monde and Libération, there is a lot of focus on the series “Americana”, Shirley Clarke and Jim McBride, an interesting series that other festivals could pick up.

The director of the festival Marrie-Pierre Duhamel-Müller tells that she received 2300 films for the international and French competition. To end up by selecting 40. Still: Centre Pompidou, nat.

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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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