Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld

Realscreen, the trade magazine on non-fiction programmes and documentaries, focused July 22nd, in its newsletter, on the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival, September 5-15) 2013 documentary highlights. With no confirmation from the festival itself, the new film by Errol Morris, ” The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld” is said to have its premiere at the prestige filled Canadian festival, 10 years after the director made his film on Robert McNamara, “The Fog of War”. For those who have forgotten: Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defence under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006.

Another big name American documentarian, Alex Gibney, will present an up-dated version of “Lance Armstrong: The Road Back”, with the words of realscreen, “the titular disgraced cyclist”, and the French veterans Claude Lanzmann and Marcel Ophüls are also “possibilities”, as it is put, at the festival with “The Last of the Unjust”, the 220 mins. long film featuring Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish Council in the Terezin ghetto – and Ophüls with his autobiographical “Ain’t Misbehavin (Un Voyageur).

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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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