Danish and Swedish Award Nominations

The last couple of days the nominations for the Danish Bodil (named after the legendary actresses Ipsen and Kjer) and the Swedish Guldbaggen (the Golden Beetle) have been announced. Documentaries are very much present.

The international best known of the Danish documentaries on the list is ”Putins Kys” (Putin’s Kiss) but also Kaspar Astrup Schrøder’s ”Lej en familie” (Rent a Family) and Camilla Magid ”White Black Boy” have been on festivals abroad. The latter is on the 2012 Talent list of this site.

The two remaining films on the list are Andreas Johnsen’s Kidd Life and Ballerina by Maja Friis.

For Guldbaggen two documentaries stand out: Palme by Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander and Searching for Sugarman by Malik Bendjelloul. Palme is nominated in 3 categories, Best Documentary/ Best Editing/ Best Music (composed by ABBA’s Benny Andersson), whereas the film about Rodriguez has 6 nominations, including Best Film and – of course – Best Music. ”Hej, vad vi dokudominerar” was one of the Swedish comments to the 2013 Guldbaggen – meaning that this is a Documentary Year in Swedish film.

PS. Breaking News – the two Swedish films are both selected for the Belgrade based Magnificent7 (only 7 films but ”magnificent” they have to be) festival that starts January 30 with ”Searching for Sugarman” (photo) as the opening film to be screened for an estimated audience of around 1500!

PPS. Some of the links refer to Danish or Swedish language texts.



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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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