DOKU.ART 2 – Stanley Kubrick

For lovers of Stanley Kubrick – and who is not? – the festival programmes a documentary by British Jon Ronson, made for Channel 4’s True Stories, 48 minutes long. The text about the film and its background goes like this:

Stanley Kubrick’s meticulous, painstaking research periods in preparation for a new film project became legendary. As the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less films were made by the director. Meanwhile, the world was waiting for a new Stanley Kubrick movie. What on earth was he doing? When Kubrick died in 1999 he left behind thousands of boxes of archive material. His estate near London was filled with boxes containing Kubrick’s carefully documented life: scripts, research, correspondence, costumes, props, models, production schedules, photography, books and film equipment. Ronson takes us on a delightful and light-hearted stroll through Kubrick’s archive, seeking to understand the enigmatic director through the things he left behind, and by speaking to those closest to him. Ronson asks: is it possible to get to understand the man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the vast number of boxes that remain after his death? With irony and at times burlesque details, this is the first documentary to open some of the boxes, starting a process of study that will keep film historians working for years.

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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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