CPH:DOX 2017 /Modern Times Review

First day of the 2017 CPH:DOX. I went to the new festival centre, Charlottenborg, got my accreditation, ran into always energetic Frank Piasecki Poulsen, who ordered me to go up to see the impressive colourful so-called social cinema, where the morning had hosted a lot of young people discussing ”democracy”, meeting journalists and opinon-makers. Poulsen also told me to see his ”blue room”, where he resides with his ”Every Day” videos and a small kitchen, that is open – with Frank as cook – at 6pm every night… amazing! CPH:DOX is much more than a film festival-

I was happy to meet Norwegian Truls Lie, the man behind ”Modern Times Review” (MTR), the European Documentary Magazine, that

he is now launching at different festivals. At CPH:DOX 1300 copies have been put aside for ”distinguished guests”, as he put it, 500 will be given out to potential subscribers for the bi-annual magazine in newspaper format, this first one has 24 pages. He has been to the Swedish festival Tempo, he will go to Visons du Réel in Nyon, to Krakow… It is quite an achievement of Lie, around 30 reviews and several essays he presents, and a subscription gives access to the DOX archive for 28€ per year. 800 articles on documentary! Go to


Truls Lie is editor-in-chief of the monthly newspaper (in Norwegian) Ny Tid, which has (in Norwegian) a supplement for ”dokumentar og litteratur”, which is very actual and inviting. And funny for me to see my review of ”Mogadishu Soldier” in Norwegian language! With the original English version in MTR. Colleague Allan Berg and I welcome warmly Modern Times Review and have told Truls Lie that he is welcome to pick articles from www.filmkommentaren.dk. Glad to say that two filmkommentaren articles by Serbian Svetlana and Zoran Popovic are also to be found in MTR. To give you appetite to take a subscription let me mention some of the films which are dealt with: 21xNew York, Amazona, I am not Your Negro, Ambulance, Houston We have a Problem, Safari…

Photo: There it is on the wall of CPH:DOX new festival centre Charlottenborg.

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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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