cph:dox 9-17/11 The Substitute

An excellent idea. A filmmaker gives a football star a camera and asks him to film from inside during the world cup championship in Germany 2006.

And luckily for the film, but bad and sad for the player, he only plays very few minutes during the many matches that led his national team, France, to the final.

This enables the filmmaker – who is also filming in between, and who is also using the grainy, scratchy super 8 film material, that is wonderful to watch in times of sterile video images – to put together a story about the many lonely moments in the hotel room, the loong corridors, the many books to read, the constant surveillance of security people – and first of all the many fine reflections that Dhorasoo makes about his situation. He is there as one of the 23 in the team at the finest football competition of all, betrayed by the coach, who took ”the neighbours son” to play instead of him!

It’s a fine minimalistic film that has its own melancholic tone and is fascinating to watch. Do so!

The Substitute
France, 2007, Fred Poulet & Vikshar Dhorasoo

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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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