DocsBarcelona 2013/ 3

Ventura Durall is the director of a film that will travel the world. I write ”will travel the world” as the film is not premiered yet. It was screened in a very-close-to-final-cut version yesterday at DocsBarcelona. As in previous two years three rough cut sessions took place with Durall’s ”Casa”, working title, as one of them. The feature length documentary about street kids in Ethiopia took the invited panel by the heart because of its high cinematic quality and sensitivity. The director succeeds to get close to the kids in a story that have great authenticity. You will meet this film in a festival, that is for sure.

The panel invited for the sessions included sales agent Melissa Caron from Echo Bridge Entertainment, Mexican festival director Inti Cordera from Docs DF, Osnat Eden-Fraiman from the active YES TV in Israel, Cynthia Lopez from award winning POV in USA and local Head of Documentaries and Joan Salvat from TVC. Have to say that the panel gave a lot of competent, creative feedback on the films presented.

On a rough cut stage was ”Contact Proof” by Juano Gimenez, a personal documentary about the photographer Pascal le Pipe, a French photographer and a close friend of the director. Gimenez is an ”auteur” and his personal style came through in this version that will be amended and for me will turn out to be a fine film.

In a rough-rough stage was the third film presented, by Brazilian team from Plano 3 Filmes. Directed by Paula Gomes, the film deals with a kid from a circus family, who performs in the backyard of his grandma’s house, in the summer time, slowly losing the possibility of performing his skills as he grows into the serious grown-up world. ”The last summer” the film could be called, working title now is ”Jonas and the Circus Without Tent”.

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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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