Helena Třeštíková

The strength of the time consuming observational documentary, in times where many stylistically move in the area between documentary and fiction (example Glawogger, see below), is one of the most obvious thoughts that comes to one’s mind watching the films of Czech director Helena Třeštíková, whose newest work, shot over a period of 37 years, Private Universe is the title, is going around the world, with a world premiere at HotDocs in Toronto very soon.

According to the website that carries the name ”film new europe” Trestikova is to be awarded in Krakow at the upcoming festival:

Czech documentary filmmaker Helena Trestikova will receive the Dragon of Dragons honorary award at the 52nd Krakow Film Festival (www.krakowfilmfestival.pl), 28 May-3 June 2012.

Třeštíková won the European Film award for her documentary René.

A graduate of FAMU Prague Film School (www.famu.cz) in 1974, she specializes in long-form documentaries using the time gathered method, filming her subjects for years and even decades. Since 2002, she has been a professor at FAMU. Her latest film, Private Universe (www.negativ.cz) gathered over the course of 37 years, will have its international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto.

Třeštíková will be awarded the Dragon of Dragons on 30 May Festival. The festival will present a retrospective of her films accompanied by the meeting of the director with the public. She will also conduct a Master Class as part of the festival’s Industry Zone. Photo from “Katka”.


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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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