Idfa Visitor’s Guide

Here follows a list of films that an idfa visitor could watch on this blog writer’s recommendation. Goes without saying that I only know a few of the films that have their premieres in Amsterdam. I mention 20 titles and you can go to the site and get more information about director and content. Several of them have been reviewed or mentioned on this site. I highlight them:

Bananas! Basic Training (and other classics of Frederick Wiseman). Burma vj. The City of the Dead. Constantin and Elena. Disco and Atomic War. Garbo: The Spy. The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia. Let’s be Together (PHOTO). Mr. Governor. Mumbai Disconnected.   Osadne. Pianomania. Route 181. S21. The Specialist. Sugartown: The Day After. Testimonies. To See If I’m Smiling. Welcome to North Korea.

Idfa has made an interesting characterization of the films at the festival:
 * Human Interest / Social Issues (196)
 * Politics / Society (122)
 * Author’s Point of View (76)
 * Art / Music / Culture (72)
 * Youth (48)
 * History (48)
 * Experimental (41)
 * Nature / Environment (31)
 * Investigative (28)
 * Science / Technology (19)

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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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