CPH:DOX 2017 /Films

It’s very easy if you want to see what will be shown at the festival. Go to the website, link below, and you will see the many sections arranged by the programmers. The classical ones are there like Dox:Award, New:Vision Award, the F:Act Award, Nordic:Dox Award, a new section for upcoming talents called Next:Wave, docs for kids, docs about artists, docs on the actual populism, Danish docs, festival hits and so on so forth.

Let me pick some of the films that I have heard about in beforehand or that we at filmkommentaren.dk have already written about or reviewed. Or intend to…

The Danish ones in the main competition: The opening film ”Last Men in Aleppo” by Feras Fayyad, with Steen Johannessen as co-director, it won at the Sundance festival. We will review this strong film that not only brought tears to my eyes but also made me sad and angry about what happens and has happened in Syria. Talented Jeppe Rønde’s ”The John Dalli Mystery” starring the

journalists Mads Brügger and Mikael Bertelsen. The film is described like this: ”Brügger and Bertelsen uncover the plans for the murder of a former EU commissioner in a thrilling and funny detective film, where one twist follows another…” And Phie Ambo’s ”… when you look away”: ” Where are the limits of consciousness and are we connected in ways we never knew? … these big questions in a filmic experiment with surprising answers.”

Also I want to see Margreth Olin’s film from a kindergarten, ”Childhood”, Ulrich Seidl’s ”Safari”, Askold Kurov’s film on ”The State vs Oleg Sentsov”, Michal Marczak’s ”All these Sleepless Nights”. And many more if time allows.

AND YOU should see the following films that we have already praised on filmkommentaren, click and you will be taken to our texts:

Rahul Jain: ”Machines”, Torstein Grude and Niels Pagh Andersen’s ”Mogadishu Soldier”, Sergei Loznitsa’s ”Austerlitz”, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s ”Homo Sapiens” that will be played with a musical  accompagnement, Jërome le Maire’s ”Burning Out” (PHOTO), that will have a screening at Rigshospitalet, our biggest hospital in Denmark (!), Kirsten Johnson’s ”Cameraperson”, ”I am not your Negro” by Raoul Peck…

In a couple of days you will be invited to read my review of the film by Mona Willi and Michael Glawogger, ”Untitled”, also that is of course at CPH:DOX. Glawogger died in 2014, his editor made ”his” film from the material he had shot.


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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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