cph:dox 9-17/11 Elle s’appelle Sabine

One of those films that are hard to watch. A beautiful young girl falls ill and turns into an aggressive young woman full of aggression to end up as a plump adult full of medication that can calm her down, desperate to get her sister’s attention, in her own world of fantasy and puppets from her childhood.

The sister, the Maurice Pialat actress Sandrine Bonnaire, has made this film based on shootings of today plus the home video archive she has from 25 years of togetherness with a sister that suddenly changed, fell ill and was traumatised by 5 years of non-treatment at a hospital. The place she was taken to when Sandrine no longer would or could cope with taking care of her. Neither could other family members.

It is touching and the film star sister must be saluted for staying as the sister and nothing else, stating however that without her using her fame to get financing for the set up of an institution for her sister and other mentally handicapped human beings, Sabine would have been a monster in a hospital.

Again you are reminded through this film how powerful home video (archive) material can function as evidence of what was once and is no longer.

Sandrine Bonnaire: Elle s’appelle Sabine. France, 2007.

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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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