DOK Leipzig Enthusiasm

To meet the audience with a positive attitude is of course the best festival invitation you can make. I thought about it this morning, when receiving a newsletter from Leipzig: They have a good press office in DOK Leipzig that in tone is able to convey what the programmers want to achieve:

We finally have the first film titles for our DOK Leipzig edition 2018. Our Special

Programmes are complete! From Werner Herzog to Ruth Beckermann, from animated films to personal essays. The around 150 films in our nine Special Programmes, shown alongside the Official Selection, look to the past and to the future in equal measure. In keeping with this year’s festival motto Demand the Impossible!, they each revolve around films which seek to bring about change or depict processes of transformation. We are very happy to welcome numerous filmmakers from the Special Programmes in Leipzig in person. Check out below what they have to offer!

And below is what you can find on

With all respect – already mentioned on this site – towards the tributes to Herzog and Beckermann, and with upcoming enthusiastic words on the impressive Lithuanian retrtospective, I want to draw your attention to the “Retrospective: 68. An Open Score” that is absolutely superbly curated (hate that word) by the head of the Leipzig Selection Committee Ralph Eue who says: “ 

“With our programme, we would like to show that ‘around 1968’ a great number of documentary and animated films were made which serve as seismographs. They pointed to radical changes in our social, cultural and intellectual histories, and, last but not least, our media history too, they traced these changes and even provoked them as well at times.” Instead of focusing on the hotbeds of revolt – Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris – DOK Leipzig would like to explore the outlying areas of “’68” with this Retrospective: What was happening out in the sticks? How did the echoes of unrest resonate out on the periphery?”

The retrospective – 7 programs – includes films by, just to mention the well known names: Jan Némec, Reijo Nikkilä, Zelimir Zilnik, Chantal Akerman, Gitta Nickel, Pasolini, Klaus Wildenhahn, Chris Marker, Santiago Alvaréz (Photo:LBJ) … history and FILM history, bravo!



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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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