Jönsson & Gertten: Long Distance Love

Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Not a place that we have heard much about. The same goes for the people who live there. Who fall in love as everyone (hopefully) does all over the world. However, the problem for the two protagonists, Alisher and Dildora, is that they need money to survive and as there is no work for Alisher in Kyrgyzstan, he leaves for Russia with the help of an agency, that turns out to cheat on him and many others. Low-paid he is and there is not a lot of money going back to Dildora and his parents. While away from home, Dildora gives birth to their child, which does not make the living conditions easier. There is but one solution for Alisher – he must go back home for the sake of mother and child, but also for the ill mother and the silent father, who drinks too much.

Banal theme, yes, but actual and presented in a very sweet way with a straight forward story (sometimes with some huge jumps in time) and told in a sympathetic non-sensational and informative tone, although one could have wished for a more creative camera approach that could have made a good film be a great film.

2008, Sweden, 88 mins.

Will be shown at Cinemateket this coming sunday 17.5 at 14.30, with q&a with Magnus Gertten.



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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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