Docs at Moscow International Film Festival

It starts next week on June 23rd and lasts for 10 days. The MIFF is one of the classic film festivals with big names, tributes to film history, stars, red carpet and competitions. Edition number 33 it is, led by Russian renowned film director Nikita Mikhalhov. For years the festival has given space for screening of documentaries, ”Free Thought”, a non-competitive panorama programme one could call it, this year – for the first time – a competitive documentary programme is introduced. 7 films are included, another 18 films are shown in the Free Thought documentary programme.

Below you will find more on the documentary films being shown, during the festival reports will be brought on this place as I am privileged to be juror in the documentary section together with British director Michael Apted (photo) (the man behind the legendary series SevenUp) and Russian Aleksander Gutman (August 17).

For the main programme of the festival there are retrospectives with American directors Sam Peckinpah and Rob Nilsson, a retro on Italian cinema, director icon Sokurov and on Werner Herzog, who will be in Moscow to present his films and hold a masterclass.

Photo: Michael Apted, from By courtesy of First Run Features.

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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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