DOKU.ARTS Berlin with Sebald and Stan Neumann

If you are near Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin the next weeks, visit the DOKU.ARTS Festival that has a very appealing programme to offer. A quote from the newsletter I received the other day:

“From 9-27 September, DOKU.ARTS will present 20 films from 13 countries with a focus on architecture and construction. The programme shows how the contemporary world of international documentary film regards building and architecture, as well as how construction processes and citizen participation are reflected in the medium of film. The architectural focus comprises 15 new documentaries, including outstanding long-term monitoring of buildings by SANAA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Daniel Libeskind, and Peter Zumthor. Moreover, DOKU.ARTS shows new documentary portraits and essay films about Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Phyllis Lambert, Astrid Lindgren, W.G. Sebald and Nicolas Roeg.”

And about the Opening: ”The official opening of DOKU.ARTS will take place on 9 September, 8 pm, with the German premiere of Austerlitz. Fascinated by W.G. Sebald’s novel and his photos, director Stan Neumann attempts to reconstruct the path the narrator’s life took, bringing us on a psychological and geographical journey from Antwerp via Prague, Marienbad and Paris to London. As a highly autobiographical film, Austerlitz captivates with a moving dramatic performance by Denis Lavant as Jacques Austerlitz, its musical score, and stunning architectural shots. Emmanuel Suard, Cultural Counsellor of the French Embassy in Berlin and Director of the Institut français Germany, will speak on the occasion of the opening. Our special guests of the evening are Stan Neumann and Mark Le Fanu (University College London).”

Stan Neumann (photo) is a true “auteur” and a very inspiring teacher, as he has and is showing in workshops like Ex Oriente. Below you will find links to three texts about Neumann.

Among the other films to be shown in Berlin are Oeke Hoogendijk’s “The New Rijksmuseum”, Kristina Lindström’s documentary on “Astrid” (Lindgren) and a film by David Thompson on Nicolas Roeg as well as the praised “The Chinese Mayor” by Zhou Hao. There is wonderful clip from the latter on 


Links: about “Language Does Not Lie” (Klemperer); about the importance of form; about “The Surrealistic Photo

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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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