Jørgen Leth Tour de France Comeback

This is a brief hommage to Jørgen Leth, the Danish documentary filmmaker, who this year has made a comeback to be the TV2 Tour de France commentator. In Danish:

Så sad jeg der igen det meste af søndag eftermiddag foran skærmen og ventede på, at noget skulle ske på den Tourmalet bjergetape, som normalt rummer de mest dramatiske udbrud og indbyrdes kampe. Intet skete, det var kedeligt bortset fra spurten, som var klassisk – to mand tilbage, den ene lægger sig i baghjul, den anden går frem, og så går den ene frem igen og vinder. Voila, men der var skuffende lidt aktivitet, som Jørgen Leth sagde flere gange. Og det er på grund af ham, at lidt cykelløb havner på filmkommentaren.dk. For hvilken fornøjelse det er at have Jørgen Leth tilbage ved mikrofonen. En mand der mestrer sproget, kommentaren til billederne, nogle gange nøgtern, nogle gange lyrisk og altid præcis, og hvilken fryd det er, når han lader sig rive med: det er altså et flot billede, det der – siger han ligefremt, og han og reporteren tier stille, mens de glidende helikopterbilleder fra Pyrenæerne rammer øjnene. Eller når en anden cadeau tildeles motorcykelfotograferne, af en filmmand, en kender, der taler værdigt om ”den uudgrundelige Lance Armstrong”, og græmmes over den ”sjofle” behandling, som den franske presse giver amerikaneren, der som Leth er vendt tilbage. Tak! 

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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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