Flying is Hell

A good title for a documentary? At least a title that calls for sympathy for the one flying? And for some experience shared by other people:

A man comes to the airport. He wants to check in, goes to the desk and hears that the flight is cancelled. But, Sir, we have booked you on a plane four hours later… No way, says the man, I must reach a train in Munich, where he was supposed to go to.

He ends up on another flight to Zürich, with a very short connection, 15 minutes actually, for the next flight going to Munich from Zürich. The man, not 20 years any longer, runs like a madman… reaches a security check, undresses again, to run one more time with belt and jackets over one arm, gets his plane, completely in sweat.

Gets on a bus in Munich, goes to the Hauptbahnhof, eats a quick meal and ends up in civilisation, on a train, with no delay. A happy ending, absolutely, 4 hours through the Brenner pass for Bolzano, where he teaches at the Zelig Documentary film school. F… SAS and poor me!

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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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