EFA Documentary Selection

15 documentaries made it to the brutto list of the best European documentaries according to this group of documentary connaisseurs, who got a list from festivals – based on their (the festival’s) recommendations and films individually submitted, the documentary committee, consisting of EFA Board Member Ira von Gienanth (Germany), festival programmers Marek Hovorka (Czech Republic) and Elena Subirà i Roca (Spain), producer Nik Powell (UK) and commissioning editor Sari Volanen (Finland) decided on the EFA Documentary Selection.

The films are:

A WOMAN CAPTURED Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter | Producers: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka | Hungary, Germany


BERGMAN – A YEAR IN A LIFE  Director: Jane Magnusson | Producers: Fredrik Heinig, Mattias Nohrborg | Sweden, Germany


END OF LIFE Dir.: Paweł Wojtasik, John Bruce | Prod.: Athina Tsangari, John Bruce | Greece, USA 

METEORS Director: Gürcan Keltek | Prod.: Arda Çiltepe, Marc Van Goethem, Burak Çevik | Netherlands, Turkey

OF FATHERS AND SONS Dir.: Talal Derki | Prod.: Tobias Siebert, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Hans Robert Eisenhauer | Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar 


SAMOUNI ROAD Director: Stefano Savona | Prod.: Marco Alessi, Penelope Bortoluzzi, Cécile Lestrade | Italy, France

SRBENKA Director: Nebojša Slijepčević | Producer: Vanja Jambrović | Croatia 


TARZAN’S TESTICLES Director: Alexandru Solomon | Prod.: Ada Solomon, Cedric Bonin, Pascaline Geoffroy | Romania, France


THE DEAD NATION Director: Radu Jude | Producer: Ada Solomon | Romania

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont | Prod.: Monica Hellström, Tobias Janson, Sami Jahnukainen | Denmark, Finland, Sweden


THE LUST FOR POWER Dir.: Tereza Nvotová | Prod.: Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Tereza Polachová, Kateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad | Slovakia, Czech Republic


THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING Director: Mila Turajlic | Producer: Mila Turajlic, Carine Chichkowsky | Serbia, France


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL Director: Pau Ortiz | Producer: María Nova López | Spain, Mexico

THE POETESS Dir.: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff | Producer: Andreas Wolff | Germany, United Arab Emirates

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS Dir.: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar | Prod.: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar | Spain, USA

The 15 will be reduced to 5 nominations by November 3, voters are members of EFA, and in December the winner will be announced.

You will notice from the links that 8 of the films have been reviewed or noted on this site.

Do I miss some films… well I think Marta Prus “Over the Limit” could have been there, Leonard Helmrich “The Long Season”, Arunas Matelis “Wonderful Losers”, Elvira Lind’s “Bobbi Jene” and “The Prince and the Dybbuk” by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski…


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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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