CPH:DOX 2013 /6

Richard Misek’s film ”Rohmer in Paris” will be screened at CPH:DOX November 14th and 16th.

At a certain point while watching this film I considered to call it ”Murder on Rohmer”… as the director has no reference to what was the true quality of the director’s oeuvre: “Classic and romantic, wise and iconoclastic, light and serious, sentimental and moralistic, he created the ‘Rohmer’ style, which will outlive him.” (Beautiful words expressed, but surely not written by Sarkozy when the director passed away). Anyway, the light poetry, the sensuality, the dialogues of Rohmer, as are in ”Ma Nuit Chez Maude” or ”Le Genou de Claire”, just to mention two of his masterpieces, are no way conveyed in the film clips from Misek, who has chosen a focus on the films of Rohmer, which are shot in Paris, therefore not the two mentioned.

On the contrary, Misek puts himself in the foreground, shifting from being schoolmaster, who tells the audience about ”la nouvelle vague”, Cahiers du Cinema, goes with some Rohmer characters in the streets of Paris, in the different districts,  continuing to bring in a pretty prosaic commentary about himself, who happened to be in a Rohmer film. From film historian, to topograph, to ”I love you, Rohmer”, ”you are now in my film”… it’s banal and pretentious, close to a murder!

England, 2013, 72 min.

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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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