Docu Rough Cut Boutique/3

Here are the descriptions of the five films that took part in Rough Cut Boutique session in Sarajevo:

Baglar – Turkey, directors and producers Berke Bas, Melis Birder, Inhouse projects

An underdog basketball team from hard scrabble Diyarbakir in Southeastern Turkey goes beyond winning games in their mission to rise above prejudice, poverty and political turmoil created by the decades long conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels who are fighting for local autonomy and cultural rights.

Melis Bider and Berke Bas (both Media Studies graduates from the New School for Social Research, New York) are co-founders of Inhouse Projects production company and authors of a number of award-winning documentaries.

Roma Rally – Hungary/ Germany, director Gábor Hörcher, producers Marcell Iványi, Marieke Bittner, KraatsFilm/ Weydemann Bros.

Ricsi, 17 years old, from a rural family, is trying to fulfill his childhood dream by competing in the village rally with his only treasure: a rundown, makeshift BMW. While racing against the local competition, he is challenging his father for attention and respect and faces the consequences for his illegal activities. 
The film is centered around Ricsi’s dream which is constantly challenged by his – irrational – desires and his coming of age.

Director Gábor Hörcher and co-producer Marieke Bittner met as participants of the Sarajevo Talent Campus in 2010. They decided to coproduce the film with KraatsFilm and Weydemann Bros. Together they won the Co-Production Prize by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2011.

In the Dark – Serbia, director Goran Stankovic, producer Snezana Penev, This & That Productions

In a small mining town in Southern Serbia, everything revolves around the local mine and everybody is in some way connected to it. The film’s narrative is centered around a traditional miners family, a father and son. Davor, a young miner, refuses to follow the family tradition and tries to find a way to leave his job and home town. 
Almost 20 years ago, Emir Kusturica made a

film about the underground as an analogy for life in the Balkans. This documentary will take that metaphor and juxtapose it with reality, exploring a world that is rarely visited. And from inside that world, examine how life on the surface, Serbia today, appears.

Goran Stankovic is co-founder together with producer Snezana Penev of This &That Productions for creative projects. In the Dark is his first feature documentary. 

Mia, Myself and an extra chromosome – Croatia, director Eva Kraljević, producers Dana Budisavljević, Miljenka Čogelja, Hulahop

Life lesson about love, acceptance and gratitude that reveals a bright side of life with mental retardation. It´s a story about my sister Mia (PHOTO) and me, her love life and me, trying to accept her.    

Eva Kraljević is an established cinematographer and photographer with a number of award-winning documentaries. This is her directorial debut. 

The Man from Midja – Georgia / Germany directors Eka Papiashvili, Carsten Böhnke, producer Carsten Böhnke, Greenstonefilms

This is a film about two 90 year old friends from the Georgian mountains, who kept arguing about Stalin almost every day since 1945. Behind their “arguing tradition”, there is a complex structure of both personal and historical incidences, including Dathos war imprisonment in Germany which led to the fact that Dathos had to stay a peasant whereas Nika was allowed to study.

Eka Papiashvili has a background in anthropology and directing. Carsten Böhhnke has studied philosophy, literature and political science before he studied directing in Georgia and film production at the HFF Konrad Wolf/Germany. This is their first feature length documentary.

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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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