Jørgen Roos in Paris

10 years have passed since the death of Jørgen Roos (1922-98), who for decades was THE Danish documentary and short film director. He was – as Hans Christian Andersen, subject for several films by Roos – a brilliant storyteller, who played with the film language, where he very often made commissioned information films into films of a high artistic quality.

In 1948, as a young cameraman, he helped Carl Th. Dreyer make the 12 minutes long short film thriller, ”They Caught the Ferry”, based on Danish writer Johannes V. Jensen’s short story, for the public traffic authorities. Simple message: drive carefully.

… which was what Jørgen Roos, situated with his camera in a side car of a motor bike,  did not do. Or more precisely what his driver did not do. They drove into a tree and was according to Jørgen Roos, the storyteller, thrown 15 meters into a corn field. The master himself, Carl Th. Dreyer ran to them and put the most important question (!): Did anything happen to the camera?

If you happen to be in Paris, the film is to be watched at Maison du Danemark on Champs-Élysées. Name of exhibition: Collisions (Until 19/10). For other films of Jørgen Roos, contact the Danish Film Institute.



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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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