Documentaries in Paris

That Paris is the best cinema city in Europe is known by every film buff. Not only do all important new films arrive to the screen, but there are also ”reprises” and ”festivals”, so you can always enjoy Fritz Lang, Vincente Minelli and early works by Polanski, at the same time as you see new films from the Middle East or from Poland.

If you buy your weekly Pariscope, you may want to count how many documentaries that run at the Parisian cinemas in the coming week: 30: From obvious titles like Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse to the strong German film by Cyril Tuschi about Khodorkovski (photo). From the German music film ”Kinshasa Symphony” to ”Pina” by Wim Wenders. To Swedish Göran Olsson’s masterly archive documentary ”The Black Power Mixtape” to the French ”Territoire Perdy” by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd. Many of the documentaries have only one screening per day or per week but they are available due to the good system that art cinemas like the MK2 chain run, where films are kept for a long time on the screens.

PS. Not a documentary, not at all, but if you get near a cinema in Paris or elsewhere and like British acting when it is best, go and see ”Shame” by Steve McQueen with Michael Fassbender in the main role. It premiered here in Paris today.

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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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