Documentary in Europe

For the 13th time the small mountain town Bardonecchia in Piemonte hosts the Documentary in Europe, 4 days of market talks, case studies, film screenings, pitching, a matchmaking seminar for directors and debates around documentary matters. Dates: July 8-11.

There is for instance a meeting with two succesful producers from the Eastern part of Europe, Uldis Cekulis from Latvia and Martichka Bozhilova from Bulgaria. They are to talk about ”humour in documentaries” and indeed they are qualified to do so. Cekulis production, directed by Laila Pakalnina, ”Three Men and a Fish Pond”, is one of these tongue-in-cheek observations of silent men and their way of being together. And Bozhilova and her company Agitprop launches two of the most recognized films from the last years – both of them are surprising, non-formatted creative documentaries that show new ways for the documentary genre: Andrey Paounov’s ”The Mosquito Problem and other Stories” and Boris Despodov’s ”Corridor #8”.

Other films to be shown are beautiful ”On the Way to School” (photo) by Turkish Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Dogan and the masterpiece ”Rabbit à la Berlin” by Bartek Konopka. I met the director in Vilnius this week and he gave me the 40 minutes version of a film that has had a long journey to completion, and I would say to high quality surprise and originality. I will review the film asap on this site where you can find more about many of the films from Bardonecchia. For one who has been to this fine summer event 10 times it is a pleasure to see that it still is very much alive with a big and interesting programme. Enjoy!

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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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