Eva Weber: The Solitary Life of Cranes

Sometimes it is easy to express your opinion. Like in this case where I found a text from the film critic at The Guardian, Nick Bradshaw (November 28), that precisely and in much better English than I can perform – praises a beautiful film by Eva Weber, a big talent in British documentary. He saw it at Sheffield Doc/Fest, I saw it on a computer from the dvd that Eva gave me:

”A film that got it all beautifully right was Eva Weber’s 27-minute The Solitary Life of Cranes, which I’d missed at BritDoc, where it won the Best Short Film award. As previously noted, all successful documentaries (Man on Wire, Touching the Void, Fahrenheit 9/11) take us up death-defying heights (the World Trade towers, Siula Grande, the lies of the Bush regime).

Weber’s film is structured as 24 hours in the cabins of construction cranes overseeing London: it’s a city symphony with a bird’s eye view and poet’s soul. Against a delicate soundtrack of machine noises and almost hyper-realistic observed sounds, twenty or so crane drivers discuss what they see and feel from their eerie vantage points: the ebb and flow of the crowds on the streets, the itineraries of office workers and flat dwellers through their windows, the inspiration to ruminate afforded by these silent watch posts. Very simply, the film did what art should do: it opened your eyes.”



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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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