Cinéma du Réel

Yes, for those who do not read Danish, “we” (Allan Berg Nielsen and me, Tue Steen Müller) leave for Paris tomorrow to follow the 30th edition of Cinéma du Réel, which took off with the subtitle “antropological and ethnographic films”. It has always for me been the place for watching films about the world we live in. Interpreted by, seen through the eyes of filmmakers like Joris Ivens (his last film “Histoire du Vent” I saw there), Jean Rouch, even if this founder of cinéma vérité  has never really meant something to me, Helga Reidemeister, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Volker Koepp – and all the retrospectives that the former director Suzette Glenadel put together against any kind of what was “a la mode” at that time: The czekoslovak documentaries, where I met Dusan Hanak, and the Baltics where we had the pleasure of meeting them all, these great filmmakers like Herz Frank, Ivas Seleckis, Arunas Matelis, Navasaitis, Stonys, Mark Soosaar and so on.

Cinéma du Réel has always been excellent in making clever and thoughtful side programmes, next to the international programme.

This year there is themes like Americana, In South-East Asia, Images / Prison: visions from inside, Figures of tourism : for a history of the “view” , special screenings of for instance Bernardo Bertolucci’s “La Via del petrolio”.

I am there to watch the international programme and write an article and make interviews for DOX – – but there will also be some English words from me and many Danish from Allan. Still: Former director Suzette Glenadel.

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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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