Cinéma du Réel 2011

Loyal readers of filmkommentaren will know that both bloggers have a faible for this yearly festival in Paris – next year the dates are March 24 – April 5. Today the programme was announced in overall terms and the appetite to go there came back immediately. Here is a copy of the text that tells what to expect:

International Competition / First Films / French Contre-Champs / Shorts 
A selection of some forty international and French films that have in the main never been screened, with special focus on the films’ documentary writing and ethics. Encounters and debates with their filmmakers.

Dedication and workshop : Andrei Ujica 
The Rumanian filmmaker revisits his Trilogy centred on the end of the Communist world : The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010) / Out of the Present (1995) / Videograms of a Revolution, with Harun Farocki (1992).

Dedication and workshop : Gianfranco Rosi 
A regular visitor to the festival (awarded the 2009 Grand Prix for his film Below Sea Level), Gianfranco Rosi

will present his three films Boatman (1993), Below Sea Level (2008) and El Sicario (2010), and discuss his past, current and future work in an exceptional workshop session.

America is Hard to See 
As early as the 1920s, a stream of politically engaged documentary films has endeavoured to portray another vision of America, the recession, the marginalised… With the first Newsreel editions, as well as films by Cartier Bresson, Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz, Ralph Steiner, Sidney Meyers…

Exploring Documentary : the documentary poem 
The documentary poem is often associated with introspection. Here, it is a poetic journey turned to the outside world, and the critical social view proposed… a kind of civic poetry. With films by Rudy Burkhardt, Pierre Clementi, Ken Brown…

The Tool Box : thoughts about the camera 
The development of movie camera technology and its influence on documentary filmmaking.

Those Invisible : a treasured absence 
Filmmakers, critics and film historians look back on their passion and talk to us about a film that is rare, invisible, lost, legendary, imaginary, destroyed or quite simply banned. With the screening of several rare films…

Ecoute voir ! : Hors scène / Off track 
’Ecoute Voir !’ continues to explore the ties between the documentary and music, after a first edition in 2010 focusing on the relationship with the human body. This year, the theme is the offstage dimension of music, what happens outside of performances and concerts. From the writing to rehearsals, experimentation, the tour diary… as well as innovative visual research linking music and film.

Installation : The Owl’s Legacy 
Presentation, staging and screening of The Owl’s Legacy, a film composition by Chris Marker (1989), critics and film historians look back on their passion and talk to us about

>>> And also… 
Two dedications (Richard Leacock and Leo Hurwitz), news from our filmmaker friends, a plunge into the festival’s memory (20th anniversary of the Prix Marcorelles, classics), a children’s afternoon documentary party, days for professionals, school workshops, daily discussions-encounters…

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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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