Forum Projects CPH:DOX 2015 NB /6

With his permission I break into the slate of CPH:DOX previews and reviews of colleague Allan Berg to tell about the Forum of CPH:DOX, which published its programme yesterday, and it is exciting reading:

32 projects – presented ”in four categories FICTIONONFICTION, CINEMA, F:ACT and ART aiming to attract professionals from related industries to stimulate new production and financing models. This year we welcome, amongst many others… broadcasters such as ARTE, ZDF, NDR, BBC, DR, film funds from all over Europe as well as Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Fondation Cartier, Tate Modern and Sundance Institute.”

Let me highlight four projects, one from each category. Sharunas Bartas, Lithuanian film icon, participates in “Fictionnonfiction” (hybrid is probably another word for the genre), here is the description:  “Joseph Brodsky spent 17 winters in Venice. “Watermark” is the confessional meditation on the relation between water and land, between light and dark, between past and present, between the living and the inanimate.”

In the “Cinema” category you will find Emma Davie and Peter Mettler with

“Becoming Animal”: “A sensuous exploration into our animal being. Together with philosopher David Abram, we ponder our relationship to wilderness while challenging our habitual ways of seeing, in a world dominated by language, technology and cinema itself.”

In the “F:ACT” category Leonard Retel Helmrich enters with “The Camp”: “A documentary about life in Majdal Anjar, a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. The filmmaker registers from the inside what it is like to live in a refugee camp.”

And in the “ART” the “Leviathan” directors Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor has this one: “The Story of the eye part I and II reflects on the significance of cannibalistic desire in the human condition and its affinities with sexuality and spirituality.”

What that means, I will try to analyse, when filmkommentaren reports from this so-called industry part of CPH:DOX.

Photo is from the project by Lucy Walker: SlumDogs.

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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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