DOKLeipzig Opens Tonight

… and the local Leipziger Volkszeitung has an interview with festival director Claas Danielsen, who stresses that the 53rd edition of the festival could need a couple of days more for a festival that he predicts will have many full houses this coming week as it had the previous week. 347 productions from 58 countries, 223 of them documentaries, the rest animation – and 4 competition programmes.

And a lot of meetings for professionals, looking for funding or to get their knowledge about the industry updated. Belgian filmmakers come as a delegation as does the Chileans, who will be extra warmly welcomed, be sure of that. To follow up on the small text yesterday on the miners, I read a long article in the Sunday Observer estimating that the succesful rescue and the solidarity expressed in and outside Chile will finally take away the label of Chile being only remembered for the death squadrons of Pinochet.

What is in the competition programme, Danielsen is asked: … again many political films have been made that deal with the themes of our time… told with many different kinds of handwriting, which do not care about the old dogmatic documentary thinking but go essayistic, poetic, playful, imaginative and even experimental. Later on in the interview, Danielsen praises the Polish documentary as well as the Finnish – readers of will know that this is very often the same estimate made here.

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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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