DOK Leipzig/ 9/ Daddy’s Girl

… directed by Melisa Üneri, who has a Finnish mother and a Turkish father, the protagonist of this unpretentious, light in tone and yet tough and moving, well told story about the relationship between the young girl (the director) and her father, who lives in Finland and who has brought up his daughter with love and strictness. He is a charming man, he knows when the camera is on, he is apparently obsessed by cleaning his house (!), he is single, wants to find a partner, daughter wants to help build up a profile for the dating service on the internet, he has a job as an eye specialist – and drinks too much. With consequences in the relationship to the daughter.

Melisa wants to move to Turkey, she does, she is in contact with her grandmother, the mother of the father, the two of them have not been in contact for long, but although he has been living in Finland most of his life, you understand from where his wish to protect/control his daughter comes. From his mother! It does not take long, according to the film, before grandmother and father get into arguments, when the latter arrives in Istanbul to visit. ”I want you to be nice and lady-like” is one of the sentences said by the father to his daughter, and when he does not hear from Melisa for some time, he knows that something must have happened. It has, she has got a boyfriend and the father is to meet him…

And then… no, I will not tell you, watch for yourself. Producer is Finnish director Mika Ronkainen, you sense his touch in the film, that has an appeal to a big audience, Rise and Shine has the sales rights.

Finland, 2015, 52 mins.

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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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