Documentaries at the Berlinale

Press release from the upcoming film fest in Berlin:

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 5-15) has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well in the European Film Market (EFM), NATIVe, and Berlinale Talents.

In 2015, a total of 87 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different aspects related to documentaries will be intensified – at workshops, panels and presentations…

At the European Film Market there is a “Meet the Docs” – organized together with EDN (European Documentary Network) – panel discussions are being held as well meetings with festival representatives and there is a ““Docs Spotlight” series by CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig and IDFA that present a selection of the previous documentary festival programmes.” “Messi” by Alex de la Iglesia is there, “The Look of Silence” by Joshua Oppenheimer as well – the film just won awards as the best Nordic documentary at the festival in Gothenburg and the Danish Robert. Other titles – Hanna Polak’s “Something better to Come” and “Daniel’s World” (photo) by Veronika Liskova.

At “Berlinale Talents” ten projects are presented and “receive a week of assistance in developing”, quite a generous initiative.

What else? A world premiere “The Pearl Button” by Patricio Guzmán, “Fassbinder – To Love Without Demands” by Danish Christian Braad Thomsen, also a world premiere, and a new one from Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, “The Yes Men Are Revolting”.

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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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