Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival

The Danish Cinemateket in Copenhagen hosts May 20-23 the Jewish Film Festival that offers a programme of feature films, animation, short films and documentaries.

I had a preview of the documentary ”Auf Wiedersehen: Til We Meet Again”, a family story filmed primarily in Vienna, where the directors (Linda Mills and Peter Goodrich, 76 mins.) go to look for places and memories of Mills family, including the comments and reactions of her mother and aunt. Austrian historians take part in the revealing of the past of the family’s fate and give the frame of the history about how efficient the deportations to the camps were organised, as well as how many escaped before the war thanks to the Jewish administration. A story about survivors but also about perpetrators.

The festival not only show new films and for the documentary addicts two films stand out: Marc Isaacs neo-classic ”The Lift”, (photo), 24 mins with different people entering a lift to face the camera of the director in an appartment block in London. Lots of funny situations and indirectly a vision of a multicultural society.

The highlight, however, is ”David Perlov’s Diary”, filmed in the years 1973-78, considered a masterpiece in Israeli documentary film history, as it is written at the site of Cinemateket: a testimony of the turbulent reality in a country in constant conclict, threatened by war. Two of six chapters will be shown, 1 and 3.

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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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